LGBT+ History Storytelling Walk



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Is this the right tour for you?

When the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage, four couples were married by the Mayor of Amsterdam. But did you know that the city’s LGBT+ history stretches back to the medieval ages? LGBT+ people have not only always fought for the ability to live and love as they saw fit. They have also played an important role in the development of the city and guided it towards the beacon it became.

The roughly two-hour walk starts at Cafe Lellebel and ends at Noorderkerk. Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. In true Dutch fashion, we try to go rain or shine and cold or heat, though we will cancel if the weather looks severe.

Participants are asked to wear masks and maintain a 1.5-meter distance from each other and passers-by.

*We’ve opted for LGBT+ instead of LGBTQ or LGBTQIA in response to conversations with our international guests. Please feel free drop us a line if you’re curious.

What will we see?
This group tour that explores this history through the stories of the people who lived it. Some of the stories are sad and some are uplifting. Some of the people are inspirational and some are enraging. It’s a full – and sometimes surprising – picture of the variety of LGBT+ lives in Amsterdam’s history. We cover five centuries of LGBT+ history in Amsterdam whilst walking through Amsterdam’s Canal Belt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meeting Point

In front of Cafe Lellebel at Utrechtsestraat 4, just off of Rembrandtplein
Elyzabeth is an excellent guide! The stories she told were engaging, varied, inspiring and revealed different aspects of LGBTQ history through the lives and experiences of different people. All together, it left us with a different sense and feeling for the city. Highly recommended!
This tour was one of the highlights of our time in Amsterdam! We absolutely loved chatting with Elyzabeth about her knowledge and experience in the city. Definitely a must-do in Amsterdam.

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