It was a milestone in the Pink Revolution and for many people a highlight in their lives: Gay Games Amsterdam 1998. On 1 August 2023, it will be 25 years since this unique sports and cultural event started. We are going to celebrate!
IHLIA preserves the archives of this vibrant event, but what are the stories behind all those special archives? Together with former participants and organisers, IHLIA will collect and share the memories.
In the run-up to August 2023 the Gay Games will be brought to life through known and unknown anecdotes and stories, videos and photos.
Join in! Share this site with others, react to the stories and send us your own photos and memories. Together we will proudly look back and enjoy the event that made Amsterdam the Gay Way to Europe.
Everyone can participate until 8 August 2023!
We are counting down again…
until 1 August 2023, exactly 25 years after the start of the Gay Games Amsterdam 1998
Read the stories collected by the editors of Initiative Group Gay Games Amsterdam 1998-2023.
Whether it concerns highlighting special items, such as The colorful accreditation pass, the Bidbook or the special life stories of participants and volunteers, such as Michael Bhola, you are back in 1998.
In addition to collecting the stories, the initiators also go out or organize a meeting about this event.
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- Excerpts from Renate Stoute’s diaryWe received a special response from Janis Wagemans: ‘During the 1998 Gay Games, my partner (who died in 2000) and author Renate Stoute also made a contribution.’ We spoke to Janis (Djezz) about that optimistic but also tough period and about her book My wife was never a girl. From Renate’s diary, we may share… Continue reading Excerpts from Renate Stoute’s diary
- Surprise – two German participants in Amsterdam‘In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, I was active in Tijgertje (Little Tiger – the oldest LGBTi+ sports association in the Netherlands), which once started as a self-defence organisation for gays. During the Gay Games in 1998, I offered a sleeping place to two members of our Berlin counterpart, Gaysha.’ Speaking is Peter… Continue reading Surprise – two German participants in Amsterdam
- I cried when it was overAubert van Engelen (photo middle) was not directly involved in organising Gay Games Amsterdam 1998, but he has a great story. At the time, he worked at IDTV, which organised the opening and closing ceremonies in the Arena and the parties on Dam Square. Aubert occasionally attended the creative team’s brainstorming sessions, but he also… Continue reading I cried when it was over
- Harvey Fierstein on tour with Bob and BettyThe photos hang framed on the wall of singer Wilma Bakker at home. In the summer of 1998 she performed as Betty in the show ‘Bob and Betty’ during the Gay Games boat tours of Holland International. The photos show that several celebrities were there, including Harvey Fierstein. Holland International was of course interested in… Continue reading Harvey Fierstein on tour with Bob and Betty
- A small, beautiful anecdoteOn Movisie.nl, the series of experience stories of Gay Games participants, visitors and organisers continues to grow. The latest story is of Joni Oyserman: ‘Veel dove mensen zeggen dat ze nooit meer zo’n fijne bubbel hebben meegemaakt.’ (‘Many deaf people say they have never experienced such a nice bubble again’ – Sorry it’s in Dutch!’)… Continue reading A small, beautiful anecdote
- Bob van Schijndel looks back with photos‘It is nice to do something together with other gay men – in the back of my mind I hoped that there would be a nice type for me. But I met my partner somewhere else.’ Gay Games Amsterdam 1998 ‘We were a bit disappointed that we had to go to Amersfoort for the swimming.… Continue reading Bob van Schijndel looks back with photos
Who are we?
This website is an activity of IHLIA and the Gay Games Amsterdam 19998-2023 Initiative Group, consisting of Marian Bakker, Marc van den Broek, Janine van Doorn and Paul van Yperen.