Together with 100 volunteers we warmly welcome you at the 26th edition of the Pinkster Tournament. We are proud to be one the largest mixed gay and lesbian tournaments with men, women and transgenders from over 20 countries. From 18-21 May 2018 we will play 4 days of fun tennis at all levels and with many nationalities on the gravel courts of Amstelpark. If you are looking for accommodation in Amsterdam, please book early! Look into some options.
We welcome you at our 26th Pinkster Tournament, May 18th-21st 2018!
Thursday May 17th | Meet & Greet | From 19 o’clock. Grand Cafe l’Opera, Rembrandtsquare 27-29 Amsterdam
In 1993 a few gay and lesbian tennisplayers took the initiative to organise a friendly gay and lesbian tournament. 16 men and 16 women from various tennisclubs participated. The event took place on Pinkster Saturday. In 1994 they organized the tournament again, this time as a preparation for those who were going to participate the Gay Games in New York. Amsterdam sent a strong delegation to the New York Gay Games because we were bidding to host the Gay Games in 1998 Amsterdam. You probably know that we won the bid! Since 1995 the gay tennisplayers used a couple of courts on Saturday afternoons, and gradually their initiative attracted more participants. The idea for a gay and lesbian tennisclub was born. In 1996 Tom Bijlmer and Ed van Betuwe founded the first gay and lesbian tennisclub: Smashing Pink. The club got their first clay courts at NTC tennispark. In the years to come Smashing Pink grew rapidly to over 400 gay and lesbian members. Once Amsterdam was elected to organize the Gay Games in 1998 the yearly Pinksterstennis became a rehearsal for organizing gay and lesbian tennistournaments on a larger scale.
For clubmembers as well as for many others the Pinkster Tournament is a yearly highlight.
In the spirit of gay and lesbian visibility in sports the Pinkstertournament rewards a remarkable participant for his or her achievements every year. The Pinkster Trophy symbolises gay empowerment. The trophy was initiated by Ed van Betuw, one of the founders of the Pinkstertournament: “The trophy emphasizes the aim of the tournament for inclusion and gay empowerment in sports. Everyone, regardless their gender, age or level of play can win the trophy.” Artist Berenice Witsen Elias designed the Pinkster Trophy. Diego Puls wins the Pinkster Trophy 2017
Previous Winners Pinkster Trophy
2016 Sussi Oscarsson
2015 Sophie Barbier
2014 Luis Madejón Muñoz
2013 Marcus Tettera
2012 Jaime Koster
2011 Marianne Brandt
2010 Patrick Tang
2009 Roman Pavlicek
2008 Luc Albert
2007 Francis Dunselman
2005 Rens van Roosmalen
2004 Pieter de Vilder
2003 Gerrie Mulder
2002 Peter Ravell
2001 Remi van Gent
2000 Jacqueline van Meyel
1999 Uwe Lammel
1998 Karel Kneppelhout
1997 Margie Scharff
1996 Mariels Braat
1995 Marianne R. Vrijdaghs
1994 Annelies van Wijngaarden
1993 Hans Tulleners
The Pinkster Tournament is proud of its tradition to support gays and lesbians in more difficult parts of the world. Every year we choose a group or initiative in the GLBT network who fight for equal rights for homosexual men, lesbian women and transgenders. If possible we connect to a sports initiative, but in countries where basic rights are not secured or respected, sports is not always a first priority. In a rafle where you can win attractive prices we collect money that we donate as a gesture of friendship and support to our brothers and sisters elsewhere.
2017 Charity – IraQueer – Iraq and Kurdistan
Gay and lesbians in Iraq and Kurdistan live in extremely difficult circumstances. Not only is their region affected by ongoing war and armed conflict, the iraqi and kurdish societies are very repressive towards sexuality in general, especially for women and LGBTs. IraQueer is the first and only LGBT+ organization focusing on the LGBT+ community in Iraq/Kurdistan region. With a core team of diverse activists mostly residing inside Iraq, IraQueer represents the start of the first queer movement in Iraq’s public history. IraQueer supports members of the queer community through providing direct services, support and protection. In addition they do international advocacy efforts based on documentations and reports by their members. Have a look and read some heartbraking, yet encouraging stories With your donation IraQueer can increase their important work for an invisible LGBT community who desparately need our support.
In a world of increasing violence against those of different beliefs and lifestyles, the tournament team decided to direct our outreach efforts this year, 2016, to a young LGBT community initiative in the Middle East. Thank you for supporting our courageous friends of ‘Proud Lebanon’.
Proud Lebanon is a non-profit, non-religious, non-political, non-partisan civil society that aims to promote sustainable social & economic development in Lebanon and the region and is working to achieve protection, empowerment to cope with dicrimination and equality of marginalized groups through community service activities.
Proud Lebanon started its activities in August 2013 and is a registered non-profit civil society. Since the Syrian war started in 2011, Lebanon saw its population grow with 30 -50%. The huge influx of refugees increased the pressure in the already tense and sensitive Lebanese society. As a result discrimination and marginalisation of vulnerable groups is getting worse. The entire LGBTI community, from backgrounds and nationalities are facing increasing discrimination and violation of basic human rights. Proud Lebanon is dedicated to promote tolerance in Lebanon and the region, to ensure the well-being and the empowerment of LGBTs. Proud Lebanon advocates for equal human rights, they provide legal advice to LBGTs, they promote improved health services in the field of HIV testing and treatment and they provide educational and social activities aiming empowerment and active social participation of LGBTs. Proud Lebanon has the ambition to build strong networks as a basis to reach out to other LBGT initiatives in the Middle East.
2015 and 2014
2015: Rainbow Tennis Russia Moscow: this group organized their first gay tennis tournament in Russia. Under the umbrella of the Russian LGBT Sports federation, they create safe spaces, free of homophobia, where the LBGT community can play tennis together. A few of them visited Amsterdam to enter the Pinkster Tournament 2015. Watch the movie of Rainbow Tennis in Moscow! 2014: Rainbow Tennis Russia Moscow. Watch this movie.