Gay Pride in Amsterdam 2021. (Video)

Gay Pride in Amsterdam, better known as Amsterdam Gay Pride or Pink Saturday, is a bright, colorful, enchanting and large-scale celebration, in which representatives of the LGBT community from all over the Netherlands participate. During this event, anyone can safely declare their gay orientation without fear of being misunderstood or ridiculed.

The parade was first organized in 1996, after the country allowed the registration of same-sex relationships, which became an international event. Since then, it has been held every year and has already become a local tradition. The holiday lasts two days, the city is transforming, decorated with posters, lights, ribbons and garlands, cheerful music sounds everywhere and colorful balloons are flying. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Amsterdam.

The first day of the holiday is devoted to preparing for the main celebration. In addition to decorating city streets, people make improvised boats on which performances will unfold, finish work on costumes and a concert program. The main events take place the next day.

Closer to 14:00, thousands of people, including not only locals, but also visitors from other countries, come out onto the embankments of river canals. It was at this time, accompanied by loud music and applause, that platform barges, driven by gay captains, began to move. In total, 80 boats take part in the festival, moving from the Verstdok embankment along the Prinsengracht and ending on the Amstel river. On each boat there are several dozen people dressed in extravagant outfits. The groups are led by gay men in the guise of military, police and a wide variety of characters.

At the end of the symbolic “swimming”, the participants in the performances and spectators go to the continuation of the festival, which takes place in the city’s entertainment establishments – bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. Costume shows, shocking improvisations, discos and parties, accompanied by fun, dances and songs, are arranged. The holiday ends only by the morning of the next day.

The festival goes without disturbances or accidents. This holiday is considered not only an important world event, but also a famous Amsterdam landmark. And thanks to the opportunity for sexual minorities to openly express themselves, the city has long gained fame as a kind of gay capital of the planet.

LGBTWorldBeside and RUSLGBTIQ

Pride Picnic 2021.

On June 26, 2021, the LGBT World Beside team together with RUSLGBTIQ organised a joint picnic for Russian-speaking LGBT+ people residing in the Netherlands. At first, we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to do the picnic due to COVID-19 related restrictions but luckily most of the restrictions were lifted exactly as of June 26, and our event did take place — with necessary precautions.

The picnic started at 2pm and went till late at night. We were surprised by the number of people who showed up and by the diversity of the group. LGBT+ people of all ages and backgrounds came by. We welcomed guests from Germany, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and other countries.

Most venues were closed in the past 18 months due to the lockdown, so everyone was really missing such events and get-togethers. Together with RUSLGBTIQ we provided snacks and beverages. Some guests brought their own treats, too, including homemade delicacies. We danced and sung songs from different countries in different languages. Adults also played volleyball and other ball games, while kids entertained themselves with drawing.

Our team is profoundly grateful to RUSLGBTIQ and to all those who made the picnic possible. Big thanks go to all the guests who showed up. Many of them also asked us to specially thank Harlem, leader of LGBT World Beside, and Kirill, head of RUSLGBTIQ, for what they are doing. We’d like to organise such events more often.

We also informed our guests about the upcoming Amsterdam Pride, which is scheduled for August 7, and hope to see everyone there again. Be happy and love each other.

Het project “Gratis lessen” is een jaar oud!

Ons project “Gratis lessen” bestaat alweer een jaar. Een jaar is niet veel, maar ook niet zo weinig. Gedurende deze tijd schreven veel vrijwilligers ons die vluchtelingen wilden helpen om Nederlands te leren. Er is veel werk. We zijn erin geslaagd om het proces te organiseren. Daar zijn we erg blij mee.

Onze vrijwilligers hebben e-learning cursussen Nederlands gemaakt. U kunt ze ook gebruiken. De cursussen zijn gratis en voor iedereen beschikbaar.
1. Niveau A0 – A2
2. Niveau A2 – B1 (deel 1)
3. Niveau A2 – B1 (deel 2)

We zijn iedereen die meedoet aan ons project dankbaar. We nemen graag nieuwe vrijwilligers en vluchtelingen op in ons project.

U kunt per e-mail schrijven over uw wens om deel te nemen gratislessen@lgbtworldbeside.org

Er is een Facebook-groep waar je nieuws en updates kunt volgen. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gratislessen

Zero Flags Project.

LGBT World Beside.

During the Pride is Protest demonstration, the Zero Flags Project will briefly draw attention to the 72 countries where homosexuality is still in the penal code. The Zero Flags Project aims to steadily reduce the number of countries where homosexuality is a criminal offense.

The Zero Flags Project seeks collaboration with organizations such as the Equal Rights Coalition, UNHCR and Human Rights Watch. The project’s activities focus on the flags of the 72 countries. In previous years, the flags were carried in the annual Pride Walk at the front and in 2016 the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was made from these flags.

The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, 2016