Welcome to the Amsterdam Student Association Gay!

A.S.V.Gay is certainly not the oldest association in Amsterdam, but in the nearly ten years that we exist we have achieved a huge number of milestones!

🌱 Founding year | 2010-2011

On February 23, 2010, Fien de Vries, Merel van Kessel, Suzanne Roodenburg and Nora Neuteboom signed the statutes that form the basis of the Amsterdam student association A.S.V.Gay. This of course did not just happen by itself.

In the beginning

In 2009 Fien de Vries starts her degree at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She soon finds out that there is not much to do for gay students in Amsterdam. She thinks it's time for something new; a place where she can meet like-minded people from her own generation – a student association! She discusses the idea with her friends Nora and Merel, and like the three lesbian musketeers, they decide to go for it.

The three women speak with all kinds of different organisations and associations, and more and more they get the feeling that they will succeed. Of course you don't just set up a student association in one day, all sorts of official affairs have to be taken care of, but for that they really need an old lesbian, uh, hand to help them out.

After spending a couple of months mostly drinking a lot of beer and fantasising about setting up their very own student association, Suzanne suddenly shows up. Suzanne had heard of their idea about setting up a student association aimed at LGBTQ+ students from other people. She's very interested and she seems to get along well with Fien, Merel and Nora right off the bat. Additionally, Suzanne turns out to have an infinite network of older lesbian women who are but too happy to help these youngsters achieve their goal.

Chair Fien: We went through so much. We went from four nervous girls who didn't even know each other very well, to partners and very close friends. From laughing and being creative to crying, arguing and resolving conflicts: all emotions have passed!

Official

Fien, Merel, Nora and Suzanne can start writing A.S.V.Gay's very first policy plan. On February 23, 2010, they arrive at the notary's office, bathed in sweat, with only a few minutes to spare. At the price of a single Hema cake, the deed is signed and A.S.V.Gay is a fact!

Later that year a borrel is organised at the COC which attracts around 80 people. Of course there is lots of chatter and beer, but there is also serious brainstorming about what A.S.V.Gay should be like. Which committees does the association need? How often should we have borrels? What kind of activities should there be? Everyone present believes in the dream of an LGBTQ+ student association and shows their support in various ways.

Member sign-ups officially start on 1 July 2010. Fien, Merel, Nora and Suzanne, now the founding board of A.S.V.Gay, still disagree about whether we got 22, 45 or 100 members at this first sign-up period. Whatever the case, engraved in our memories as an incredibly proud moment, is people being able to register as a member of the very first Amsterdam student association for LGBTQ+ students.

Oprichtingsbestuur bij feest met UvA Pride | 2010

From left to right: Suzanne, Nora (top), Merel (bottom), Fien

Originele statuten | 2010

The original statutes of A.S.V.Gay

Beer Olympics | 2012

The banana and rusk tradition during the Beer Olympics

Canal Parade | 2012

Canal Parade 2012: A.S.V.GayAerobics

🍌 Second year | 2011-2012

The second association year of A.S.V.Gay begins with a major setback: our website is hacked and the web server is emptied. Although some backups were made, it still means that we have to start all over again.

Fortunately, a lot of good things happen soon after! A big step is taken towards professionalism - we move from a free email provider to our own email service: @asvgay.nl. In addition, thanks to the hard work of the founding board, we get our own boardroom! If you ever find yourself at CREA and wonder how that pink wall in room 2.14 came to be: the second board of A.S.V.Gay.

Ontrozing

In order to optimise the integration of new members into the association, the very first ontrozing weekend takes place in September of this year. During this very weekend our banana and rusk tradition is born.

In winter, A.S.V.Gay moves from its first official borrel location Prik to the Amstel Fifty Four. It all started with a single New Year's borrel, to get a feel of the bar first, but all members are so enthusiastic that the board has no other choice: we are moving to the Amstel!

All kinds of new activities are organised throughout the year: from a city trip to Cologne to a game of theater sport, a bunch of fantastic parties – Hard Candy, Rock Chic – a winter sports trip, and A.S.V.Gay meets Ichthus.

For the second year in a row, A.S.V.Gay gets to sail in the Canal Parade of Amsterdam Pride. However, while we still shared a boat with UvA Pride in the first year, this year the boat is all ours!

With nearly 175 members, it turns out to be a year full of growth and innovation, and above all there is the realisation that A.S.V.Gay is not going away anytime soon.

🧗‍♀️ Third year | 2012-2013

Coming soon!

Dies Gala | 2013

Dies Gala 2013

Canal Parade | 2014

Canal Parade 2014: athletes out of the closet

Flyer Wetenschappelijk Congres | 2020

Flyer scientific conference

🎓 Fourth year | 2013-2014

In the first three years of its existence, the association proved to be an enormous success. The number of members grew faster every year. The fourth board therefore decides to focus on mutual bonding between members and to make the integration of older and new members run more smoothly. One of the ways in which this is attempted is the introduction of the Kweekweek. A longer introduction period for all new members.

In this association year 13|14, committees will have more autonomy for the first time. Instead of board members taking presence in committees, it was decided to switch to a system whereby there are committee chairmen who are accountable to the commissaris Intern.

Moreover, this was the year in which the A.S.V.Gay song was written and introduced. Thieu Driessen is the founder of this. The song would not yet be used on a large scale, which will only follow in the years to come.

After a year of having borrels in Café Bordó, the decision was made to change the location of the weekly borrel with a lot of deliberation. A.S.V.Gay returned to the Amstel54.

After a suggestion by honorary member Henny Bos (mrs. prof. dr.) that A.S.V.Gay should one day organise a scientific congress, this was actually done this year. The first scientific congress was a fact. The theme of the congress was homosexuality and gender non-conformity. Researchers and students could send in papers for this. In the end, a diverse range of research was chosen from the submissions. It varied from persecution of homosexuality in the Middle Ages to transgender care among young people. It was an enormous success.

At the end of the academic year, at the beginning of the summer holidays, the first trip ever took place to a Gay Pride abroad. Cologne was the destination. A successful trip with a relaxed atmosphere was the result.

5️⃣ Fifth year | 2014-2015

Coming soon!

Lustrumcommissie Lustrum I | 2015

Lustrum Committee - Lustrum I

True Colours | 2016

True Colours 2016

⛑ Sixth year | 2015-2016

Coming soon!

💥 Negende jaar | 2018-2019

Het negende jaar van A.S.V.Gay begon met een ontzettend groot aantal nieuwe inschrijvingen. In november van dat jaar werd het eerste feest ooit in samenwerking met de EXIT georganiseerd. Het feest, INV!TED genaamd, werd ten faveure van LHBTQ+-vluchtelingen georganiseerd. Uiteindelijk kon A.S.V.Gay rond de 500 euro doneren aan een project van de Regenboog Groep. 

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De eerste samenwerking met een club in Amsterdam smaakte naar meer. In dit jaar werden er meer studentenfeesten gegeven in LHBTQ+- clubs onder de naam ‘Sensation Pink’. Bovendien werd er samen met Anteros Utrecht een groot feest gegeven voor de leden van beide verenigingen.

Gepaard met veel vernieuwingen op de website is de eerste versie van een officiële A.S.V.Gay-huisstijl ontstaan. Deze huisstijl is vastgelegd in het HR waardoor het een leidraad werd voor de interne en externe uitingen van de vereniging, ook in de opeenvolgende jaren.

Leden zaten er in de winter warmpjes bij want heuse A.S.V.Gay-sokken werden in het leven geroepen. Het was de eerste grootschalige merchandise van de vereniging in haar negenjarige bestaan. Gedurende het jaar kwamen er nog opspeldbare pins en duurzame reisbekers bij. 

Intern werd de stroomlijning van berichtgeving verduidelijkt. Een eigen mobiele app werd in het leven geroepen. Bovendien maakte het bestuur er beleid van om maandelijkse kalenders te publiceren, zodat het overzicht niet zoek raakte met al die borrels, vele activiteiten en katers gedurende het jaar heen. 

Maatschappelijk roerde A.S.V.Gay zich in dit academische jaar op diverse fronten. Zo bestierden onze leden de gehele bar tijdens de opening van de Roze Hallen, praatten we mee tijdens de Regenboog conferentie van de gemeente Amsterdam én waren we bij Work Place Pride aanwezig. Contacten werden aangeboord, verstevigd en zo nodig hernieuwd.

Pride Amsterdam was een doorslaand succes. De Prideweek staat jaarlijks vol van de activiteiten, maar A.S.V.Gay gooide er dit jaar een schepje boven op voor haar leden. Zo organiseerden we een danscursus, een biercantus met broertjes en een Prideborrel. Ons jaarlijkse symposium was dat jaar in de iconische Amsterdam Tower. Verschillende sprekers over een breed scala aan onderwerpen waren aanwezig. Opnieuw hadden we onze eigen boot tijdens Pride Amsterdam. Dit jaar met het thema #breakdownthenorms.

Tot slot werden er in september nog twee spetterende feesten georganiseerd voor onze nieuwe leden. Het traditionele openingsfeest in club SOHO was een doorslaand succes. Snel daarna, eveneens in de introductieperiode, volgde een tweede feest in de Trut.