The VU Pride network
Welcome to all! 🏳🌈
VU Pride is a network that aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals of the LGBTQIA+-community on our the campus of VU Amsterdam. By doing so, we aspire to contribute to a university full of diversity in which everyone shares understanding and tolerance for each other. Our network consists of students and employees of VU Amsterdam.
VU Pride is active in three ways:
• Bringing people together
• Sharing academic knowledge
• Making VU Amsterdam’s campus and academic curriculum more inclusive
We achieve our goals by organizing events and projects that educate and inform people within and outside the LGBTQIA+-community and that makes room for academic discussion; different topics like community-inclusivity, ethnic and/or religious diversity, safety and scientific theories among many others are considered in an intersectional manner.
VU Pride holds social gatherings where individuals from within the LGBTQIA+-community on VU Amsterdam can come together and meet each other in a friendly, free and relaxed setting. Furthermore, we function as a contact and information point where people can address personal and educational LGBTQIA+-issues that occur at VU Amsterdam.
For more information about our network(-members), organization, contact information and current and upcoming activities, we would like to refer to the sections beneath.Become a Supporter
Would you like to be involved in VU Pride? We would love to hear from you! Subscribe as a VU Pride Supporter or contact us on [email protected].
Pride library – looking for an official name!
VU Pride is setting up an LGBTQIA+ library in close collaboration with the library of VU Amsterdam. It aims at taking LGBTQIA+ books out of the depot and making them accessible for a broad audience. Within the library we collect a diverse range of literature, ranging from scientific publications to graphic novels. Also the Pride Library is a place to meet & greet, to host expositions and it can function as a safe space. Another goal of the library Is to connect books to personal stories, by asking members of the LGBTIQA+ community what certain books mean to them and by making those stories available. We are still looking for a fabulous name for our library? Please send us your suggestion! The winning suggestion gets rewarded with a Pride book and a VIP opening to the library (date to be decided, depending on Covid-19 regulations).
VU Pride TalkS! Monday 15 February 2021
8 - 9:30pm, free event, via Zoom
On Monday 15 February 2021 we will have our next edition of VU Pride TalkS! This meeting will be about BI+ erasure. We chose this subject because the ‘B’ in LGBTQIA+ is often overlooked. People assume bi+ people must have it easier because they are fishing in a bigger pond. However, research chose that is not the case. When we did our own mini survey, we found that 72% felt that bi-sexuality is something you can talk about at the VU, so lets! Our own Lieneke Luit will open the discussion. Afterwards, everyone will have the opportunity to share, relate and get some much needed support from this long overlooked community.
Wild Wednesday Webinar: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Dr. Jantine van Lisdonk: Relationship diversity: The missing element towards inclusive gender and LGBTQIA+ diversity
8 pm – 9:30 pm, free event, via Zoom
VU Pride is excited to welcome Dr. Jantine van Lisdonk. She is an anthropologist, researcher and writer, who often focusses on socially marginilised and invisible people in her research. She wrote her PhD at VU Amsterdam's sociology faculty on same-sex oriented young people, living in a tolerant, yet heteronormative society. Aside from sexual, gender and cultural diversity, she developed an interest in relationship diversity. Through her (PhD) research and her active affiliation with 'Bi+ Nederland', an umbrella organisation defending the rights of people who are not monosexual (attracted to one gender identity), she found that 'relationship diversity' is the missing link in achieving inclusive gender and LGBTQIA+ diversity. She will explain this further on 17 February 2021 at 8:00pm.
About Wild Wednesday Webinars
Wild Wednesday Webinars are a series of webinars in which a VU scientist speaks of their research into various LGBTQIA+ topics. One of our students will spark a conversation with them, after which there is time for Q&A with the audience. Why Wild? Because unlike normal webinars, we invite you to share your personal experiences regarding the topics, and we do not shy away from controversial research, insights and thoughts.
Find all the previous editions on our YouTube channel.The Webinars take place every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 20:00 – 21:30 via Zoom.