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Pinkster Tournament

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.

Pinkster Trophy

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

2017 Diego Puls

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.




2018  Charity  –  Bisi Alimi Foundation  –  Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the 72 countries where LGBT people are constitutionally criminalised with 14 years of imprisonment. In those parts of Northern Nigeria governed by Sharia, homosexuality is punishable by death – one of few countries in which this is the case. This puts Nigeria in the spotlight, creating fear within the LGBT community, as well as among their families and friends. It has led to indiscriminate arrest of LGBT people and constant victimisation from the society.

Bisi Alimi is a human rights activist on the LGBT brain drain in Africa – fighting for equal rights for LGBT in Nigeria. The Bisi Alimi Foundation advocates for the rights and dignity of LGBT people in Nigeria by addressing public opinion and accelerating social acceptance. They strive to achieve their goals through:

  1. Through research, they sample public opinions and social acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria,
  2. They develop short video campaigns to create awareness and change the social perception of LGBT people in Nigeria.
  3. They run 2 training fellowships. The media justice fellowship is aimed at empowering Nigerian media to conduct nonbiased, fair and balanced reporting on LGBT issues. The legal fellowship trains legal and paralegal professionals on how to provide LGBT legal support and representation.

Read more about the Bisi Alimi Foundation

Watch the inspiring presentation at the TedX Berlin conference by Bisi Alimi – click

Support this NGO with a donation, and enable the Bisi Alimi Foundation to help the Nigerian LGBT community with their work.

IBAN number: NL17 INGB 0007013396 donation Bisi Alimi Foundation
Account name: Smashing Pink, Amsterdam, NL
BIC number: INGBNL2A
Bank Name: ING, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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.

2016 Charity

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

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.

2013 and 2012

2013: Labris, an interest group for lesbian women in Serbia (2013) 2012: Chosen FEW in Johannesburg and KAOS GL in Ankara.


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