Since then many more have followed, with the real influx of gay bars and hotels happening from 1955 onwards.
In 1946, the first organisation for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in the world - the COC - was founded in the Netherlands.
In 1927, gay Amsterdam got its first bar, with the opening of Café 't Mandje at Zeedijk 63.
Not only the first gay bar in Amsterdam, Café 't Mandje is often considered to be one of the first openly gay bars in the world.
Same-sex marriages are a basic right afforded to gays and lesbians since 2001, the Netherlands being the first country to institute this.