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Getting to Know People - Within A.S.V. Gay and Beyond

by Sam Jongeneelen in Columns & Opinions , 12 maart 2017


A.S.V.Gay’s winter months are almost, but not entirely behind us. After all the wonderful activities organized by the committee members over the past few months, it was our job as the board to put the members in the limelight at the Day of the Committee. The day is meant as an opportunity to give thanks to it.

In general, days with a competitive and alcoholic character are always appreciated, and we used all our creativity to come up with an interesting program. The day started with a game in which the members had to reconstruct the (fictional) stag party of our External Affairs Commissioner, who had woken up with a new tattoo on his forehead. Afterwards, we had drinks at our main sponsor Burg 34, and a drunken tourist paid for us all - We Love Amsterdam!

But are we the only GLBT students’ union organizing such interesting events? No, we are not unique. There are a number of other students’ unions in the Netherlands that dedicate themselves to the GLBT community; young and homosexual. We call them Sisters.

This year, it is my turn to maintain contact with the Sisters, and I cannot think of a nicer management task! We have a good starting point in our propagation of similar initiatives and similar goals and wishes. Our weekends as board members usually involve the train. Gay youth organization Dito! made sure that I tripled my trips to Nijmegen. There will be a true sisterhood get-together in February, in which everyone can start looking for another sweetheart in every town.

A.S.V. Gay obviously is a students’ union, but it is also perceived by the outside world as an association that is dedicated to the GLBT community. This means that we are also invited to other events that are not necessarily focused on the life of a student. On January 22nd, for example, we were invited to attend the COC party “True Colors” at Paradiso. We were catching up with the different organizations we are familiar with.

Occasionally they ask us if we come for the party or for the social aspect of an event. We give an honest answer; we gladly combine the social aspects with the free prosecco. Is this typical for students or just typically Dutch? The invitation, and therefore the recognition of our association, makes us feel appreciated. We also want to celebrate freedom - the reason A.S.V.Gay can and will continue to exist.

This (certainly not self-evident) freedom is something we truly appreciate this year. As the cherry on the cake, we hope to take part in the annual Canal Parade in our very own city. I am certain that this year again A.S.V.Gay will bring added value to the boat parade.


Text by Marouschka Vink / photography Pieter Dammen a.o.



 







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