Why Straight Guys Are Holding Hands Now

Photo: twitter.com/NLinUK
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It's for a good reason.

There's a new phenomenon sweeping the internet that may have people scratching their heads and wondering why straight men are holding hands. Well, yes, straight men are holding hands and the reason behind it is very heartwarming. However, what set this trend in motion is not so lovely.

According to a report by RTL Nieuws in the Netherlands, a gay couple was violently assaulted on their way home from a party.

The two men, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and his husband, Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, were walking hand-in-hand early Sunday morning when they were attacked by a group of six to eight teenage boys.

When the incident went public, the LGBT community in the Netherlands was shocked and it was reported that the act was condemned by Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister. At a government meeting on Monday, two lawmakers showed their support by showing up holding hands.

Leader of the Democrat 66 party, Alexander Pechtold, and the party’s financial specialist, Wouter Koolmees, arrived at the meeting with their fingers interlocked.

“We think it is quite normal in the Netherlands to express who you are,” Pechtold said.

The photo of them holding hands started a huge trend across social media as hoards of men took photos of themselves holding hands and took to Twitter and Instagram. Many of the men said that they identified as straight and made sure to use the hashtag, #allemannenhandinhand to show support for the gay community.

‪Ook wij doen mee #allemannenhandinhand weer naar huis na een harde dag werken #tolerantie #glasvanooyen ‬

A post shared by Glashandel van Ooyen (@glasvanooyen) on Apr 4, 2017 at 8:03am PDT

The movement has stretched beyond the Netherlands too as men from the Dutch Embassy in London posted photos. Oh, and the male members of the Dutch mission in New York City posted photos too!


A post shared by Michel Rogier (@michelrogier) on Apr 4, 2017 at 8:42am PDT

As the Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage on April 1, 2001, it seems pretty surprising that this attack not only occurred but that it occurred so close to the anniversary.

Hopefully, the viral photo movement will help everyone both in the Netherlands and worldwide to feel empowered to stand up for themselves and for others.

So, now that you know why straight men are holding hands across the country to support the LGBT community, maybe others will start to understand the strong social impact this movement has.