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Why Mattijs van Bergen and Oeri van Woezik’s latest creation is helping the LGBT community in a big way

It is apparent that over 72 countries in the world still have not legalised homosexuality, which is shocking. If this hasn’t alarmed you yet, then this will. It has emerged that 12 out of these 72 countries are executing the death penalty if you are found out to be gay.

To represent this, a collaboration happened between fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik. and they teamed up to create a dress which has been printed with the remaining 72 countries flags. Following the creation, the garment went on to be exhibited during the Euro Pride celebrations in Amsterdam and was worn by trans model Valentijn de Hingh.

The dress was created in order to stand up for human rights regarding sexuality and to say to people that things need to be changed sooner rather than later. Pieter Henket, a photographer, posted a video of Hingh wearing the dress to Instagram explaining that “the COC (a Dutch organisation for the LGBT community) collected the flags from the countries who are against homosexuality.”

I am so proud to see many thousands of people share my photo all over the world to spread the love. ❤️💙💜💛💚 During the opening walk of euro pride in Amsterdam 2 weeks ago, 72 flags of 72 different countries where homosexuality is against the law were present, in 12 of these countries you still get the death penalty for being gay. the COC (Dutch organization for LGBT men and women) collected these flags and together with Fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik they decided to make these flags into a giant rainbow dress. That's when the idea started. I then was asked to come on board to create a image. And where best to do that then in front of one of the most beautiful paintings in the world "the night watch" by Rembrandt in "Het Rijksmuseum" Roger and I decided Monday morning to fly out that same night to holland to do this project that in many ways is very close to our harts. Everyone spend a crazy 4 days of pre and post production but we did it and we delivered. I am more then proud to present the beautiful Valentijn de Hingh in the Rainbow dress in the Gallery of Honour of "Het Rijksmuseum" Thank you Arnout van Krimpen, Jochem Kaan and everyone that made this all possible in such a short period of time. Thank you Happy pride everyone! Let there be Love! Video by @rolandpupupin

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The creation of this dress proves that the fight for equal rights within the LGBT community is most definitely not over and will not stop pushing until each country legalises homosexuality.

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