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Student Life: Activism is Timeless

by ASV Gay in Columns & Opinions , 26 August 2019

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The Pride week is over, and again, it was a fantastic party week! Now it is up to me to report from Board 9 on our student association for the very last time.

The last serving period of the current board was not over yet, so after two weeks of vacation, it was time for the annual Pride Amsterdam. The weeks leading to Pride we were busy preparing it, and with eating ice cream, as it was very hot! These preparations actually started at the very beginning of the academic year, but a few things still needed to be done. Fortunately, it all went well, and the Pride week could finally begin.

Pride WalkThe traditional start of the Pride week is the Pride Walk. In a gigantic procession we walked from the Homomonument via the Dam, the Rokin, the Vijzelstraat, under the Rijksmuseum to the Vondelpark.

It was a wonderful opportunity for us to put the theme of this year’s Pride in the spotlight. Under the name #BreakDown the Norms, we as young GLBTQ+ people want to break through unnecessary social standards that are imposed on us. After all, we are the future, and we do not want to live with outdated norms!

The day after was a bit of a rest day during which we could hang out at Milkshake. Fortunately, Monday was also less hectic, so we were able to prepare for all the other activities that we were going to organize that week. An example of this is our symposium!

This year’s motto for the symposium was “Activism is Timeless.” Various (former) activists and academic speakers gave interesting lectures and workshops. I think that every visitor left feeling like more of an activist than before they arrived at the lecture or workshop. But for the real A.S.V.Gay member the day wasn’t over yet, we still had a Pride Cantus that evening. A “cantus” is a big singing festival where you can sing out loud while enjoying lots of beer. In addition to classics such as our club song and ABBA, songs such as “Hit Me Baby One More Time” were also reprised.

However, it was not our only party that week. On Thursday, we gave a fantastic party under the name “Bad Taste.” I never could have imagined seeing so many bad outfits in one place. Friday was a day of rest for most, but we were decorating the boat on that day in order for us to shine on the Parade itself! The Parade was, as always, a wonderful party where you can always see people crying of happiness on boats. Those are the things that make it worth your while being on the board of the most beautiful association in the world.

Closing Party at Dam Square
The Pride ended with a big party on Dam Square, and with that, also our year on the board.

What a wonderful year it was with my fellow board members Milena, Bram, Jeffrey, Liselot and Boukje. I had a wonderful good time with them and I will never forget them. With a smile and a tear, I will pass the baton to our tenth board, consisting of Derk, Rob, Melissa, Julia, Max and Jeroen. I wish them all the best, and hope that they will make their year on the board one they will never forget.

I can imagine that students reading this would also like to get to know these toppers and our association, and that is possible! On Wednesdays we organize get-togethers that are open to the public at café Amstel 54 from 21:00. You are very welcome to get a taste of the atmosphere and perhaps become a member!

When you find it difficult to go by yourself while not knowing anyone yet, you can e-mail to, and someone will get you started.

Colorful regards!

Niek RoodNiek Rood is boardmember of the student body ASV Gay, see for more information  



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