Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions are a quick way to get to practical information. So we have made a FAQ list with the most common questions and the answers to those questions. You can type in a question in the search box below or search for your questions in categories.

  • 1. Health and Safety
  • 2. Violence, Robbery and Discrimination
  • 3. Sex, Bars, Clubs and more Sex
Contact number for police and other services, both urgent and non-urgent. Also list of hospitals providing first aid.
Violence, Robbery and Discrimination: unfortunately Amsterdam is not Gay and Lesbian Utopia. We do have so called incidents so better be prepared for the worst case scenario.
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  • 1. Can I talk to a Gay or Lesbian Police officer?
     

    Yes, you can.

    The Amsterdam police force has a network that promotes the interests of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. It’s called ‘Roze in Blauw’ (Pink in Blue). The network's members can help you to report discrimination, insults, assault or theft (related to your nature)
    They can listen to your story, help you when you decide to report something to the police, or tell you where to go to get help in other ways.

    On facebook and twitter it’s @rozeinblauw

    If you want to talk to a member of Pink in Blue (Roze in Blauw - the network of Gay and Lesbian Police officers)

    In an emergency ALWAYS

    • call 112 (national emergency number) for police firebrigade and ambulances

    In all other cases

    • or if you want to report something to the police, but it isn’t an emergency call: 0900-8844 (police in general).

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  • 2. I'm HIV positive and have a question. Can you help?
     

    If urgent and it can't wait until the next day

    call 088 00 30 600 (Emergency GP's 24/7). They work in cooperation with hospitals in the Amsterdam region and they are also connected to first aid services.

    If not urgent

    When you’re HIV positive and you want to get help with medication or you have other question regarding your health, the best people to help you or to help you to find the right people are the members of the HIV Foundation.

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  • 3. I had unsafe sex. What should I do?
     

    In case you want to get some medical advise you can go to a GP.

    The GG&GD provides free Aids-tests and test for other sexually transmitted diseases.

    • GG&GD, SOA polikliniek, Weesperplein 1, 1018 WZ Amsterdam (+31) (085) 06 57 672. Best is to call them for an appointment. Service is quick and anonymous if so required.
    • Medisch Centrum Jan van Goyen, Jan van Goyenkade 1, 1075 HN Amsterdam, (+31) 020 – 662 24 94
    • Slotervaartziekenhuis, Louwesweg 6, 1066 EC Amsterdam, (+31) 020 – 512 5267
    • Aids Soa Infolijn, 0900 204 2040.
      Monday to Wednesday from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm, Thursday and Friday between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm. You can also mail them on sense@soaaids.nl. Free of charge, answered within 2 working days.

    Condoms, also the extra strong gay condoms (called Gay Safe), are easily available around Amsterdam. You can get them in drugstores, pharmacies, gay bars (in special condom slut/slot-machines), sex shops, sex saunas, sex cinema’s etc.etc. Don’t be anal, buy a condom!

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  • 1. I was unfairly treated because of my ethnic background, sexuality or gender. What should I do?
     

    Urgent

    • Call 112 for the emergency services. Open 24 hours per day at Lijnbaansgracht 219, Amsterdam. You can ask for a lesbian or gay officer. Just refer to the ROZE IN BLAUW team.

    Non-urgent

    • Call 112 (in case of an emergency) or 0900-8844. Police station on  Lijnbaansgracht 219, Amsterdam is open 24/7.

    Report and seek support

    • Anti-discrimination centre (Meldpunt discriminatie Amsterdam) Oostenburgervoorstraat 142
      1018 MR Amsterdam, tel 020-6385551
    • Victim Aid, call 116 006 or 0031-88-7460-000

    If you want to talk to a member of Pink in Blue (Roze in Blauw - the network of Gay and Lesbian Police officers)

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  • 2. I've been attacked. What should I do?
     

    When you are attacked this can be a terrifying experience. If it does happen, there are several organisations may be able to help you. Of course the police, ambulance and hospitals are listed here, but also two specific organisations: one helps you to fight discrimination on the bases of gender, colour of skin or sexual preference, the second one supports you to overcome the trauma of an attack.

    Always

    • Call 112 for the emergency services. Don't hesitate. Don't think it's not urgent. Open 24 hours per day at Lijnbaansgracht 219, Amsterdam. You can ask for a lesbian or gay officer. Just refer to the ROZE IN BLAUW team.

    Report and seek support

    • Anti-discrimination centre (Meldpunt discriminatie Amsterdam) Oostenburgervoorstraat 142
      1018 MR Amsterdam, tel 020-6385551
    • Victim Aid, call 116 006 or 0031-88-7460-000

    If you want to talk to a member of Pink in Blue (Roze in Blauw - the network of Gay and Lesbian Police officers)

     

     

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  • 3. I was raped and need help.
     

    Rape is a harrowing experience and we sincerely hope you’ll never be the victim of it. If it does happen go to the police. They have a specially trained vice section. A female victim can ask to speak to a female officer. The victim aid organisation has also a special section for rape victims.

    • Police – call 112 (emergency). Open 24 hours per day at Lijnbaansgracht 219, Amsterdam. You can ask for a gay or lesbian officer. Just refer to 'ROZE IN BLAUW'.
    • Victim-aid (Slachtofferhulp) 3e Weteringdwarsstraat 18, 1017 TC Amsterdam
      • 116 006
      • outside NL 0031-88-7460-000

    If you want to talk to a member of Pink in Blue (Roze in Blauw - the network of Gay and Lesbian Police officers)

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  • 1. I want to have sex in a darkroom. Where should I go?
     

    Amsterdam has 5 bars with darkrooms.

    You could also go to the sauna.

    Or have fun at the cinema.

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  • 2. I love cruising. Where should I go? And when?
     

    We are aware of 4 cruising areas in Amsterdam but there may be more. Some very sad incidents happened in 2017 and 2018, so be careful and play it safe.

    You could also try the nudist beach near Zandvoort which can be very busy and exciting. It's also visited by the local police and they are  clearly not into cruising.

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  • 3. I'm looking for a sex shop. Any suggestions?
     

    Here is our list of sex shops.

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  • 4. I'm looking for a sex cinema. Any suggestions?
     

    Here is our list of sex cinema's.

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  • 5. I want to go the the sauna. Any suggestions?
     

    Amsterdam has (only) one gay sauna.

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  • 6. I'm looking for a sex club. Any suggestions?
     

    Two clubs in Amsterdam.

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  • 7. I'm looking for paid sex. Where should I go?
     

    This is the club for you.

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