The COC claims it is the oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation in the world. The name does not come from anything sexual, but from Cultuur en Ontspannings-Centrum, or ‘centre for culture and leisure’, the pseudonym the organisation initially adopted after its foundation in 1946. The organisation is now a widely respected political lobbying and educational institution.All typical untranslatable Dutch words and expressions translated in the Dictionairy of Dutchness
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