Amsterdam Gay Life LGBTQ+

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender life in Amsterdam

LGBT group in front of Het Mandje cafe.

A fascinating tour given by a lively art historian along hotspots of Amsterdams Gay and Lesbian history from the 1650s to these days.


Extraordinary and captivating stories from the period 1650-2017, told on the spot, expressing how Amsterdam residents and authorities viewed the gay scene and responded.
Our visit takes us to various places:

The famous café of the first motor bike dyke (photo),

The site of the eighteenth century authors Wolff & Deken,

Gays on May 4, 1980 beaten away with their wreath on the national WWII commemoration at Dam Square;

Opening in 1987 of the first gay monument in the world,

“Filthiness and lesbian sex”, lesbo in the Jordan district,

Undercover arrest of gay men having sex in the 18th century,

Medical research into a lesbian clit (1650)

The headquarters of Schorer, the largest gay info organization in the world (1967).

Police arrests and tolerance.
Health and AIDS. Current gay organizations and bookstores.

First Gay marriage!

European backlash against gay life.



Guess what this ‘pissoir’ was used for outside of peeing?

The first gay monument in the world.

Homomonument, flowers.

For Friendship such a Boundless Longing. Quotation from a poem.


Cafe ‘t Mandje’, The Basket, a lesbian/gay chapter.

Cafe “Het Mandje”

Hartjesdag painting in Amsterdam Museum.

Hartjesdag explained