A new situation has presented itself that today affects the position of gay and lesbian men and women everywhere. On the one hand gays are openly active in vital parts of our society. Gay men and women hold leading positions in corporations, in business and in public office without having to deny their homosexuality. Even in church gays are active in positions that would be unheard of 30 years ago.
They contribute and they leave a legacy; noblesse oblige! Then again, freedom is vulnerable and the acceptance of homosexuals – yet again- is under pressure. A proper network that aims to support gay emancipation through bundling of resources, capital and knowledge, is at this time nonexistent. The Blue Fund intends to fill this gap so that the rewards of gay emancipation can be secured for generations to come. Solidarity across generations!
Although we have achieved much in the Netherlands, especially in official terms – we can even get married – problems in society are still abundant. Teachers and pupils are less at ease being themselves in school, homophobia and aggression against homosexuals is rampant. Suicide among young gays is disturbingly high. Most probably, in the public area problems are bigger than they were ten years ago.
Upon reflection, we concluded that this situation is sadly less surprising than expected. Homosexuals are of course a minority and minorities will always be reliant on the majority. Minorities that depend on moral judgments about sexual freedom will – without doubt – be subject to societal intolerance, making the defense of gay emancipation and civil rights a permanent necessity. This implies unfortunately that gay emancipation will never be fully concluded!
Legacy and donations
Individuals and entities that pursue the emancipation of homosexuals are all permanently strapped for funds. And yet, their efforts are of the greatest importance. Governmental subsidies are not sufficient. Fund raising for the support of gay emancipation therefore remains of the highest urgency, especially over the longer term. A fund with sound and clear goals combined with a solid and transparent structure can be the solution. The Blue Fund aims to be that solution. The Blue Fund is not a an activist organization in its own right but collects and manages donations and inheritances and makes the returns available to, among others:
The support of emancipatory and innovative activities – that are not necessarily commercial – but that focus on study, research and the distribution of information, education and upbringing, but also on visual and performing arts, and that concentrate on safe guarding and strengthening the full citizenship and societal acceptance of all gay men and women, of all ages.
Executive Board and Friends of the Blue fund
The Blue Fund is a foundation with an Executive Board. The Blue Fund also maintains a network of Friends who act as conduits to further the goals of the Fund through personal contacts and relationships. A number of gatherings are held each year for and on behalf of the Friends of the Blue Fund. The Fund aims to cooperate with organizations that focus on cultural and scientific activities that support gay emancipation.
The Executive Board
Dennis Boutkan (chairman) management consultant
Brendan O’dell (boardmember) consultant
Ibrahim Cirak (treasurer) banker at ING Bank
Jaus Muller (boardmember) officer at the military
Chairman Olaf Sleijpen (DNB|The Dutch Bank)
Carolien Gehrels (Arcadis)
Jan Driessen (Owner Q&A| Communicatie)
Coos Huijsen, historian, author, former MP and schooldirector
Tom Mikkers, preacher
Ernst Nijkerk, CEO of Nijkerk Holding
Martin van Gelder
Arthur van Schendel