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

A small, beautiful anecdote

On, 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

The four postcards with Maxim

Uitgave: Stichting Gay and Lesbian Games Amsterdam 1998. Foto: Jan Carel Warffemius, 1989

Once in a while you find one on eBay, a vintage postcard with Maxime, the official mascot of Gay Games Amsterdam 1998.  Maxim Bezembinder remembers that four cards were made at the time, one of them against his will. Text continues below the images 1. Maxim: ”The picture of the first card, on which I… Continue reading The four postcards with Maxim

Jeanette Nijboer about water polo, swimming and sore muscles

This year Gay Swim Amsterdam officially celebrates its 25th anniversary, but we had already started swimming and water polo before that’, writes Jeanette Nijboer. ‘We participated in the water polo at the Gay Games in Amsterdam with two women’s teams, a men’s team, a mixed international team and many swimmers. We had called up women… Continue reading Jeanette Nijboer about water polo, swimming and sore muscles


One of the many great memories of Gay Games Amsterdam 1998 that stands out for Hans Willemsen: ‘Halfway through the Games, I take a cab home at 5 in the morning after one of the many parties. A typical Amsterdam cab driver with a fat Amsterdam accent. We get to talking. Of course he starts… Continue reading Cab

Danny Andreas’ photos

Danny Andreas took many photos during the Gay Games and even dedicated a photo exhibition to it in café het Paleisje. At our request, he selected six of his favourite photos from 1998 and shares his memories. Photo 1In this photo, two athletes help each other during the warm-up in Friendship Village. This picture is… Continue reading Danny Andreas’ photos