We had gathered in the Aruban parliament in Oranjestad. As I was about to introduce this topic, we heard a noise coming through the open windows. A group of people were demonstrating outside. I distinctly remember the yells: “Dittrich, homo! Get off our island! Aruba is gay free!”. The justice minister at the time had revealed himself as anti-gay, even suggesting homosexual conduct should be criminalized in Aruba. This was in 2005.
September 28 / Human Rights Watch