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Leiden Pride began life in the early 2010’s as the Leidsche Ganymedes Borrel, taking its name from the Greek Myth of Ganymedes, a young man so beautiful that even Zeus fell in love with him. In addition to this, it was decided that the abbreviation of the name was to be read as LGB. As a non-profit foundation, LGB was primarily a place where LGBTQI+ individuals within Leiden University could meet, socialise, and discuss things that were relevant to them. In 2014, we changed our name to Leiden University Pride, partially to strengthen our relationship to the University, but definitely to become more inclusive — the missing T from the LGB acronym was perceived as dismissive of Leiden University’s trans community.

As Leiden University Pride (LU Pride), we were engaged in community building, offering safe social spaces to the public, as well as engaging with researchers and academic topics that fell within the LGBTQI+ realm. Through lecture series on religion, diversity, law, gender and through regular meet-ups and special symposiums, LU Pride served its community with Pride. But in 2019, things began to change. The board of LU Pride noticed that members of the community beyond Leiden University would join.

With the expansion of LU Pride’s activities to Leiden University’s campus in The Hague, a consistent offering of a variety of well-attended events (from lectures, to karaoke nights, to parties) and collaborations with other student Pride organizations, we found our foundation hosting people from all over: Rotterdam, The Hague, Leiden, Amsterdam, and other surrounding towns and cities; we were inundated with messages asking whether people not affiliated with Leiden University could join our events. Students from other universities, older members of the local community. And so the decision was made to simplify the name of our foundation to ‘Leiden Pride’.

Our mission, vision and value remains the same. Leiden Pride still provides safe spaces for members of our community and access to LGBTQI+ research through the invitation of LGBTQI+ scholars. We still cater to the same community we catered to before. The only difference comes in our name, and as our community knows very well, there is power in a name. Our new name shows inclusiveness to all, one of our most important values. Leiden University Pride was a foundation which people felt the need to ask permission to attend. Leiden Pride has no such prerequisites. And this is what it is all about.

FAQ

Leiden Pride is committed to creating queer spaces for everyone, free of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination. Our anti-harassment and discrimination policy can be found here.

Leiden Pride is committed to your health, safety, and well-being. Our goal to create queer spaces for everyone includes providing you with a safe space, free of health and safety hazards. Our health and safety hazard policy can be found here.

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We erkennen dankbaar onze sponsor, Gaycafé De Roze Beurs in Leiden (Oude Singel 128).

We as Leiden Pride have the obligation to publish certain information about our foundation online, you can find all the relevant information on the following pages:

Jonas Carinhas

Jonas Carinhas

Chair — He / Him / They / Them

I joined Leiden Pride because I believe all individuals have the right to exist and thrive in safe, inclusive social spaces.

Diogo Caldeira Pires

Diogo Caldeira Pires

Vice-chair — He / Him

I joined to make a difference in the LGBTQI+ community I live and work in. I want to have a positive influence, and bring us all together.

Andreia Mirabela Neștian

Andreia Mirabela Neștian

Secretary — She / Her

I joined Leiden Pride because I believe in the power of true love. Love your family, love your friends and respect all those around you!

Renzo Rozenbroek

Renzo Rozenbroek

Treasurer — He / Him / They / Them

I was recently introduced to the queer community, and realised its value and potential. Here, everybody has a safe space to be themselves.

Elias Tissandier

Elias Tissandier

Board trainee — He / Him / They / Them

I joined Leiden Pride because I believe in the importance of community as a way to spread awareness, love and support.

Esmée van der Lem

Esmée van der Lem

Events — She / Her

I believe every gender and sexual identity should be treated equally, both inside and out of the community. Feel welcome!

Charlotte Welch

Charlotte Welch

Events — She / Her

I want to make new friends, find people from my community, and hope to help people feel accepted and safe in this community.

Nelli Naukkarinen

Nelli Naukkarinen

Events — She / Her

I joined Leiden Pride as I wanted to work on making Leiden University feel like a safe and welcoming community for all LGBTQIA+ people.

Kateřina Hrabánková

Kateřina Hrabánková

Events — She / Her
Anna Vink

Anna Vink

Communications & Marketing — She / Her / They / Them

I joined LP because I love the enthusiasm and love in our community. I want everybody to feel welcome — however you identify.

Kyra Florinde Alberts

Kyra Florinde Alberts

Communications & Marketing — She / Her

LP is a place to blossom and connect. I joined to help spread the message of inclusivity, equality and love that this community entails.

Wisse Cammeraat

Wisse Cammeraat

Team member — He / Him

A place for free expression and unbounded enjoyment of who you are and what you feel, that's what I hope to help build through Leiden Pride.

Angel Perazzetta

Angel Perazzetta

Blog — He / Him

I want to play my part in the wonderful fact that, no matter where you are, a supportive, friendly queer community is there to welcome you.

Lara Persin

Lara Persin

Blog — She / Her / They / Them

I joined LP to help create a safe space for anyone who might need it and to help spread as much love and respect as possible.

Carola van der Drift

Carola van der Drift

Book Club — She / Her

I joined LP because community is so very important! I think literature is a beautiful medium to create understanding and share experiences.

Joey Tol

Joey Tol

2019–2020 — They / Them

I joined because of the opportunity to meet great people within the community.

Aiden Noah Correia

Aiden Noah Correia

2019–2020 — They / Them / He / Him

I find it very important that everybody has a community to feel at ease in. LP is a great opportunity to help create that.

Tiaan Westenberg

Tiaan Westenberg

2017–2019 — He / Him

Tiaan was the vice-chair of Leiden University Pride (pre-cursor of Leiden Pride).

Julia Dąbrowska

Julia Dąbrowska

2019 — She / Her

Julia was a part of our Communications & Marketing team.

Oriol Vallverdú

Oriol Vallverdú

2019 — He / Him

Oriol was a part of our Communications & Marketing team.

Kirsten de Mare

Kirsten de Mare

2017–2018 — She / Her

Kirsten was the chair of Leiden University Pride (pre-cursor of Leiden Pride).

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