Secret Garden: especially for Arabic immigrants

Secret Garden: especially for Arabic immigrants

One of the less well-known organizations in Amsterdam is Secret Garden. Set up in 1998, it has been helping gay men and women from Mediterranean (mainly Arabic) countries, and organizing parties and other events. Time for a small interview! We have talked to Emir Belatoui. He is the founder of Secret Garden and the current manager. Originally he is from Paris, France, with an Algerian background. Since when does Secret Garden exist? It all started…

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Gays and Lesbians playing Rugby: Bingham Cup 2018 in Amsterdam From June 2nd till 11th

Gays and Lesbians playing Rugby: Bingham Cup 2018 in Amsterdam From June 2nd till 11th

The Bingham Cup is the world wide celebration of everything gay, lesbian and rugby. Also known as the world cup for gay and lesbian rugby teams, this tournament has become more and more popular since it started in 2002. This year it is going to be held for the first time in Amsterdam from June 2nd till the 11th. It promises to be 9 days of fun for the rugby players, the volunteers and the…

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Risk of explosion! Gays in the resistance during World War Two

Risk of explosion! Gays in the resistance during World War Two

Gay and Lesbian people played a leading role in one of the most famous acts of resistance during the Second World War in Amsterdam. This spectacular operation took place in 1943: an attack on the Registry Office. Wim Arondeus and Frieda Belifante were a gay man and lesbian woman, who had a leading role in this operation. Sjoerd Bakker was a gay man who assisted the group with making fake police uniforms. The Dutch Resistance Museum…

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Kingsday 2018 – parties all around Friday 27th of April and the rest of the weekend

Kingsday 2018 – parties all around Friday 27th of April and the rest of the weekend

Kingsday on the 27th of April is one of the few real national holidays in The Netherlands. Of course we do celebrate Christmas and Easter, but only on the 27th of April the people get out on the street and party. For those who have visited Amsterdam before, they might remember Queens Day. Well, this is the same but now celebrating the birthday of our King. Expect Amsterdam to be one big, open air party…

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Pinkster Tournament, the largest LGTB Tennis Tournament During Pentecoast from 18th till 21st of May

Pinkster Tournament, the largest LGTB Tennis Tournament During Pentecoast from 18th till 21st of May

The Amsterdam Pinkster Tournament is one of the largest international GLTA tennis tournaments for gays, lesbians, bi’s and transgenders. More than 300 women and men from over 20 different countries every year take part every year. Amster tennis club Smashing Pink organizes the tournament. This years’ edition takes place from 18th till 21st of May ash the gravel course of Amstelpark. The Pinkster Tournament is one of the many LGBTQI sports tournament taking place this year…

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