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Amsterdam Pride Celebrates It's Diversity

by our Editors in Scene , 07 juli 2017


The Amsterdam Gay Pride Foundation has grown. Besides the work organization and the board, ten committees are now also up and running. The purpose of each committee is to ensure an attractive and festive program that has real content. Four of these committee chairmen give some more information on their committee, as well as the parts of the Pride program they helped initiate.

Dees SeegersPride & Women
 
Dees Seegers, known as DJ Dees and as organizer of the “Pink Ladies on Stage,” is President of the Women’s Committee. “The Women’s Committee has been working to compile a diverse program in collaboration with various parties. Because of the commitment of the Pink Terrorists, there will be Pride radio broadcasts on Salto in the build-up to Pride - with and by power women - including our ambassadors Ana Paula Lima, Souad Boumedien, and Shary-An.

A photo exhibition on bi-cultural women will be organized in the Vondelpark. People are also invited to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the ‘Pink Ladies On Stage’ at the Q-Factory on Tuesday, August 1st. We will also organize a football tournament, a bingo tournament, a hiking trail, debates, a pub quiz, and a beautiful film screening for women.”


Seniors & Pride
 
Manon LinschotenManon Linschoten is the President of the Seniors Committee. “It is ten years ago today that a group of seniors was wondering whether it was possible at all to grow old and still be out in the Netherlands. Under the name Pink Passkey, many initiatives were set up. Various activities will be organized during the Pride week at twenty-five different care facilities, from drag queens on tour and the Zeedijk Choir to a film screening and a disco party.

Senior Pride is offering a variety of events. The official opening is on Monday, July 31st, during the National Pink Senior Day, and will take place at the Dr. Sarphatihuis. Pink and non-pink seniors, from inside and outside of care facilities, are treated to a program of music and entertainment.

On Thursday, August 3rd, the spectacular Senior Pride Canal Concert will take place near the Paleis van de Weemoed. The Pride week is closed with the participation of a Pink75+ boat in the Canal Parade.”


Youth & Pride
 
Marco AltenaPresident Marco Altena has revived the Youth Committee and has started partnerships with many organizations, such as Foundation Pann, Scouting Netherlands, GSA Netwerk, Expreszo, Jong&Out, and A.S.V. Gay. “The purpose of Youth Pride is to make youth more involved with the Pride. Why? Because it is important that young people can meet in a safe and friendly environment.

On July 29th, for example, they will participate in the Pride Walk. This is followed by a Youth Island during Pride Park in the Vondelpark. Several youth boats can also be admired at the Canal Parade on Saturday, August 5th.

Young people who are not a member of any of these organizations can also join, as we also appreciate the input of individuals. They can bring along friends, or their parents if they want to. There are also travel initiatives from several places throughout the country, so people do not have to travel to Amsterdam alone.”


Sports & Pride

Mirjam PreusterinkThe Sports Committee was founded in October 2015 and is presided by Mirjam Preusterink. “The past year we have been busy trying to make sports and GLBTIs connect with each other more intensively. This made the wonderful and rather full program possible in 2016, and we would like to do the same for the upcoming 2017 edition!

For example on Saturday, July 29th, sports will be well visible in the Vondelpark with clinics, such as wrestling, Karav Maga, and a football tournament. Playing a match of volleyball, tennis and basketball will also be possible. Or perhaps race a well-known sprinter? And what about a good sports massage?

Anyway, it is the moment to get a wide audience acquainted with our sports associations and radiate the message ‘THIS IS MY Sports PRIDE.’”



 







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