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Holland – Gay Games 1998

The Gay Games were hosted by Amsterdam in 1998. There were more than 25 sports and 1500 athletes. The opening and closing ceremonies were held in the local stadium. Venues for the sporting events were spread out across the city and suburbs. The photos here are of the ceremonies, rowing and swimming. The swimming and diving were held in the picturesque city of Amersfoort, a twenty minute train ride south of Amsterdam.
(Also see the Gay Holland story)

Holland – Amsterdam City

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands with a population of 750,000. It is not the seat of government (in The Hague) which is one of the most liberal in the world. Marijuana and prostitution are both legal here. The city is one of the gay capitals of Europe with marriage rights

Holland – Gay Pride Parade 1998

Amsterdam is home to one of Europe’s largest annual Gay Pride parades. It is the only city in the world to route the parade on a canal, which is lined with thousands of spectators– from grandmothers to small children. It is a visual feast for all. In 1998 the parade was held in conjuction with

Holland – Amersfoort & The Hague

With over 130,000 citizens Amersfoort is one of the 20 largest cities of the Netherlands.
It is a versatile city with a variety of architecture, history, art, culture and nature.
In 1998 it was host to the swimming events of the the Gay Games
where over a thousand swimmers competed for medals in over 100 racing events.
(Not surprising, the swimming pool, Sportfondsenbad, has an annual nudist day in March.)
Photos #1-11 are of Amersfoort . For swimming photos see the GayGames gallery.