• Pink Point

    Pink Point / Homomonument Foundation / Roze Wester Festival / Drag Queen Olympics

    The Homomonument attracts international visitors the whole year through. For many people all over the world the mere idea of a gay monument is quite incredible. GALA thought it appropriate to create a host at this extraordinary location. A place to drop in, have a chat and a cup of coffee, a place to find out what’s going on in the city.

    Starting as a gay information stall in a converted ice -cream cart during Gay Games Amsterdam in 1998, Pink Point now has a custom designed kiosk and has grown to be a permanent fixture in Amsterdam providing free gay and lesbian info, maps and newspapers to countless visitors.

    Pink Point took initiative to improve the signage to the Homomonument because the structure is easily overlooked. The designer wanted the monument to blend in with its surroundings, something it does very well; that’s also why it can subtly take up a good wack of public space in the centre of town. The downside is that a lot of people can’t find the thing, even when they’re actively looking for it.

    Pink Point initiated the Schorer book “Dancing on the Homomonument” by Thijs Bartels in 2003, which records fifteen years of celebrations and demonstrations at the monument.

    Pink Point published flyers that explain the design and meaning of the monument in 11 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian.

    More information: www.pinkpoint.nl
  • about GALA

    History

    GALA (Gay & Lesbian Amsterdam) is a non-profit volunteer organization.
    Gala was founded in January 1992 to promote the visibility and accessibility of the gay community in Amsterdam, by organizing parties, events and other projects, both in indoor locations as well as outside on the street.

    Pink Point

    In 1998 GALA instigated Pink Point, the gay & lesbian information & souvenir kiosk on the Westermarkt, right next to the Homomonument.
    When Amsterdam reintroduced Queen’s Day Eve in 2004 GALA created the hilarious Drag Queen Olympics: the world’s premier sporting event for drag queens and drag kings, it established the home of Jennifer Hopelezz and her outrageous ‘House of Hopelezz’. In 2007 GALA took the initiative to (re-) establish the Homomonument Foundation to initiate and coordinate the various activities at this unique site in the heart of Amsterdam.

    Club Church

    More recently, in 2008, GALA started up the famous Club Church in the Kerkstraat in Amsterdam.
    In 2011 and 2012 Club Church won the ‘Best Fetish Club’ as well as ‘Best Gay Club’ awards in gay.nl’s prestious election!

    GALA is an umbrella organization for various groups, like ‘Ladz’ sportswear boys, ‘Furball’ hairy men, as well as ‘XXXLeather’ kinky party guys.

    Behind GALA

    Gala only exists because of our fantastic volunteers. At the moment there are more than 80 volunteers involved! This team of volunteers are led by:
    • Wim Peeks

    • Richard Keldoulis

  • Homomonument Foundation

    Pink Point / Homomonument Foundation / Roze Wester Festival / Drag Queen Olympics

    After producing numerous festivals and other events at the site for over a decade the board of GALA created the Homomonument Foundation in 2007 to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the world’s first gay monument.

    From then on the Homomonument Foundation took over GALA’s responsibilities and now initiates, organizes and coordinates all the events taking place on the square. A few regular dates on the Homomonument’s calendar remain.

    More information: Donate!
  • Homomonument

    Pink Point / Homomonument Foundation / Roze Wester Festival / Drag Queen Olympics

    The Homomonument in Amsterdam was designed and created in 1987 as a memorial to those oppressed and persecuted due to their homosexuality, not only during the Second World War but also before and after, not only in The Netherlands but also in other parts of the world.

    The monument is a meeting place in the very center of Amsterdam for people of all sexualities and genders from all over the planet, to party and celebrate, as well as demonstrate and commemorate.

    It serves as a beacon of hope for those that still suffer discrimination at home or in their working environment and is an inspiration for future generations.

    More information: www.homomonument.nl
  • Roze Wester Festival

    Pink Point / Homomonument Foundation / Roze Wester Festival / Drag Queen Olympics

    A four day event starting on Queen’s Day Eve, the 29th of April continues on the 30th for a celebration of Queen’s Day. Then, after a few days pause the monument is taken up in the national Memorial Day on the 4th of May with a specific ceremony at the site. Finally, on the 5th of May Liberation Day is celebrated with a spectacular outdoor party.

    The annual Amsterdam gay pride always takes place in the first weekend of August and the Homomonument joins in with the festivities for three days: there’s the official Pride opening ceremony, there are dance parties, with acts and performances and a children’s festival on Sunday afternoon.

    More information: www.rozewester.nl
  • Drag Queen Olympics

    Pink Point / Homomonument Foundation / Roze Wester Festival / Drag Queen Olympics

    As a tight group of friends GALA volunteers started dragging up for special occasions in the city.

    For a while Hartjesdag in August in the Red Light District was favorite but then the city of Amsterdam reintroduced Queen’s Day Eve in 2004…

    GALA and the seriously sporty drag queen Jennifer Hopelezz developed the Drag Queen Olympics especially for this occasion and this location. Very quickly it became the largest sporting event for drag queens and kings worldwide.

    The Games draw thousands of spectators who cheer on  more than 25 international competitors as they battle it out for Olympic Gold in categories such as the Handbag Toss and Stiletto Sprint.

    More information: www.dragqueenolympics.nl
  • Sauna Nieuwezijds

    Finally a new stylish and cruisy sauna in the centre of Amsterdam.

    Open 365 days per year Nieuwezijds offers a fully licensed bar with lounge, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, private cabins, smoker’s lounge and ample relaxing and cruising space.

    Coming from the team that created the fabulous Club Church in Amsterdam, famous for its friendly service and attention to detail.

    More information: www.saunanieuwezijds.nl

  • Contact us

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    Stichting GALA
    Kerkstraat 52
    1017 GM AMSTERDAM

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Gala Amsterdam

GALA (Gay & Lesbian Amsterdam) is a non-profit volunteer organization and was founded in January 1992.
GALA promotes the visibility and accessibility of the gay community in Amsterdam. Gala does that by organizing
parties, events and other projects; both in indoor locations as well as outside on the street.
At the moment there are more than 80 volunteers involved! - read more