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Student LIfe: Hurray, Hurray, We Exist Ten Years!


by ASV Gay in Columns & Opinions , 20 March 2020

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We can finally say it. A.S.V.Gay has turned ten! That means ten years of parties, social events and, above all, ten years of creating a safe place for GLBTQ+ students.


We have celebrated this fact with a real ten-day anniversary party, meaning ten days (actually it was even twelve days) of various festivities. I will not list all of them, as it would take up too much paper, but here are some of the highlights.

The opening drink was a very big spectacle, with several acts that made the evening very special. Even the board performed their self-written song called “Gaybarie,” and how they sang out of tune! After that we continued with a real pub crawl, something that is always a great success at our student’s union. The special thing about this pub crawl was that we went to all the pubs and bars that had been our cocktail spots over the last ten years, so we went to PRIK, Bordo (which is unfortunately closed, so we did a shot on the street), Amstel54 and finally SOHO.

Patty Pam PamAnother spectacular event was the Drag Bingo, always a favorite of many A.S.V.Gay members. This Drag Bingo was hosted by Patty Pam Pam and one of our beloved members in drag. The main prize of the evening was a romantic date with the board. Everyone had a terrible hangover the next morning, but the next event was scheduled later that day. This was the Centurion, a competition in which you take one hundred shots of beer in one hundred minutes. Every minute a loud horn goes off and you take your shot of beer. And that one hundred times! Needless to say, we were no longer sober at the end of the night.

The next morning, we had yet another event. This was a collaboration with the Plastic Whale Foundation. We sailed around the Amsterdam canals to fish for plastics - against pollution of the canals. The highlight of the ten-day event also had something to do with water and boating.

The highlight of this tenth anniversary and perhaps the entire year was the anniversary gala, this year on a boat sailing across the IJ. With about 160 people on the boat, we drank, partied and toasted the tenth anniversary of A.S.V.Gay. It was a great party, with unlimited drinks, beautiful drag queens and even a real silent disco. It was one to remember (or not because of the amount of alcohol consumed).



Unfortunately, the ten-day anniversary festivities have already come to a close, but we can still look forward to the anniversary weekend, an extra special weekend to once again celebrate with our members that A.S.V.Gay has turned ten.

Derk van den Hoven
  Derk van den Hoven is chairman of the 10th board of the  Amsterdam Gay Student Association ASV Gay.  For more info check www.asvgay.nl.




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