VU Pride

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).   

Wild Wednesday Webinar: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Maaike Muntinga - The relevance of the irrelevant: queering health professions education
8 pm – 9:30  pm, free event, via Zoom

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On 21 April Dr. Muntinga will discuss queer as a missing perspective in health professions education, and how she believes both patients and their care providers can benefit from a queered curriculum.

Maaike Muntinga (she/they) works as an assistant professor at Amsterdam UMC. Their research centers on  the question ‘how can we create equitable and inclusive health care and health education systems that meet the needs of people of different genders, cultural and economic backgrounds, sexualities, ages and abilities?’. She is also the chair of VU Pride.

Wild Wednesday Webinar: Wednesday 19 May 2021  
Kay Mars – Feeling home in a “straight” city: Hetero- and homonormativity in Porto Alegre, Brazil
8 pm – 9:30  pm, free event, via Zoom

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Cities are often seen as tolerant or liberating spaces for Queer people and their sexualities. However, the everyday, lived experiences of Queer people themselves show that reality is often much more complex, and that urban spaces – busy street corners, spacious parks, crowded squares, but also fenced condominiums or loud night clubs – are often far from the save and liberating spaces we wish for.   

In this webinar, Kay Mars will talk about their MA-research on everyday experiences of hetero- and homonormativity. Following the urban lives of nineteen young gay and bisexual men in Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil’s southern-most state of Rio Grande do Sul, this research addresses queer places and queer spatialities as they are constructed, negotiated and contested in an urban environment which seems to be increasingly – or, at least more openly and blatantly – violent towards queer people and their sexualities.

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.