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July 2000

History of IHLIA – 2000


– IHLIA received the Walter Kamp Emancipation Award for its work

– Core-funding grant from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS) and the Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs and Science (OCW) (Cultural policy 2001-2004)

– Start development Gay/Lesbian web portal and the reconstruction of the Schorer Library

– The Archive of Genderdoc from Moscow moves to IHLIA

– Coordinator Miranda Huising of the ABH leaves, Froukje Hernamdt replaces her

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November 1999

History of IHLIA – 1999


– On the 8th of December, the International Gay/Lesbian Information Center and Archive Foundation (IHLIA) was established, merging Homodok, the Lesbian Archive of Amsterdam (LAA) and the Anna Blaman House. IHLIA established two offices: Homodok-LAA in Amsterdam and ABH in Leeuwarden

– Homodok and LAA move to a communal address: Nieuwpoortkade 2a in district Bos en Lommer

– In the autumn the Dutch Lower House approved a grant of 200,000 guilders to IHLIA. This was part of the division of the fourth tranche of the gold pool from the Asset Redress Second World War Project by the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport (VWS). The sum was “intended for projects that focused on victims of Nazi persecution and that was aimed at extermination.” The objective was to preserve and display the historical homosexual and lesbian book collections and the reconstruction of the NWHK library, better known as the Schorer Library

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November 1998

History of IHLIA – 1998


In the framework of Gay Games 1998, Homodok and LAA organized an exhibition about the Dutch ‘pink’ history in the Amsterdam Public Library on Prinsengracht, consisting of material from both archives. Anna Blaman, Homodok and LLA strive for more collaboration

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November 1997

History of IHLIA – 1997


– The magazine Homologie closed. Since then, the information column Relevant has been available on our own website

– Opening of the poster collection of Homodok and the Lesbian Archive of Amsterdam

– After mediation by Homodok, the Dutch embassy in Moscow provided a subsidy to publish a catalogue of the Russian Archive Genderdoc

– LAA celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with a party in COC Amsterdam

– The ABH moves to Noordvliet 11. COC rents in the same building

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October 1997

Football, perfume and champagne


In addition to collecting and improving access to the history of lesbian and bisexual women, the Lesbian Archive of Amsterdam (LAA) wanted to promote and manifest lesbian culture. With monthly topic-based get-togethers, exhibitions and city walks, the employees breathed new life into the heritage material that was collected. Eef Keijzer and Jeannette Nijboer, for years active as volunteers, share some of their memories:


“Didn’t Coco Chanel also have ‘something’ with women? In 1986, I was convinced of this. Armed with my inseparable Chanel no. 19, I showed up at the Lesbian Archive of Amsterdam immediately after graduating. Chanel and I were accepted and welcomed openly to the basement of the stately canal-side house.

My motivations were diffuse, but one thing was sure: I wanted to mean something to the lesbian heritage, of which, after all, I was a part of. However, I did find that the word archive was a bit misplaced, although collecting archives was one of the core activities.

Four years earlier, the LAA was established in a festive occasion and already then, I found the collection in that dark, somewhat mysterious place imposing. What was also imposing was that you had to call to ask for the address. Nevertheless, the monthly get-togethers were a great success.

And sometimes we caused quite a stir. Such as that time we organized a get-together with an exhibition about women’s football. The phone didn’t stop ringing. The Parool newspaper asked for the address but unfortunately, they could only send a male reporter—sports, right?—and of course he was not allowed in! A riot within a riot! Worried mothers from Buitenveldert heard the news and threatened to remove their daughters from the local football club. We had these girls angry, because they just wanted to play football. That obviously strengthened our idea that we were doing very good work and that we had to continue doing so for these brave girls. By the time the Royal Dutch Football Association (women’s department of the KNVB) began meddling, we knew we had made our point.

I stayed with the archive for about ten years. It is an open door, but I learned a lot there. I also had a lot of fun and worked hard. It is overly clear to me that the Lesbian Archive of Amsterdam, nowadays IHLIA, was indispensable: to our society, to our historic awareness, and to our remembrance.

In addition, the archive introduced me to a very dear friend of mine. She came in 1992, when the LAA was ten years old. She also smelled very nice, and still does, and has made a substantial contribution to professionalizing the ‘collective’.”


“Yes, I smell mostly of Manifesto perfume by Rosselini (luckily, everyone has a different taste). When I joined LAA in 1992, I thought that political idealism and activism could also be dealt with in a business-like manner. By improving the service and promotion, more people could get to know our unique collection. For instance, we made a lesbian video annual overview, a traveling poster exhibition, we automated our collection using paid employees, we were often guests on MVS radio and TV and we organized nice gatherings: lingerie parties that were massively attended, theme nights about East Europe and Chile or the playful nights about lesbian norms and values in the COC.

We refined our newsletter Out the Closet with informative articles and had it sold through the Xantippe and Vrolijk bookshops. We also renewed our collaboration with the lesbian archives in Nijmegen and Leeuwarden and with Homodok and the IIAV. In addition, we also carried out working visits to other archives in Amsterdam. All under the pretext of wanting to come out of the closet professionally.

Eef with her first lesbian walk through Amsterdam inspired me to come up with the idea of using information and visual material from the LAA for a publication about walks, and boat and bicycle trips along the history of lesbian Amsterdam. The book was called On the Lesbian Tour in Amsterdam. We reached new audiences with the walks that we organized, while carrying that book.

My direct involvement in the LAA ended after five years, simultaneously with a smashing anniversary party called LAA 15 years on the 15th of November 1997 in the COC. Hundreds of women partied with performances by Frédérique Spigt and Groove the Princess. The LAA caused quite a stir. We raised lots champagne glasses to toast the LAA’s 15th anniversary.

After that, it became inevitable: the LAA could not manage on its own and merged with Homodok and the Anna Blaman House in Leeuwarden. That has made LAA part of the professional IHLIA. It’s only a pity there are no longer any ‘juicy’ gatherings.”

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November 1996

History of IHLIA – 1996


– LAA presents a video catalogue

– Homodok and LAA began a joint homepage in Homoplein website (in the Digital City) with the option of ordering documentation by email. An information package was created for secondary schools.

– Poster exhibition LAA Lesbische cultuur aan de muur.

– Members of the Dutch Lower House visit Homodok and Lesbisch Archief Amsterdam

– Homodok becomes the COC Library

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– First Canal Pride in Amsterdam

– First edition Pink Film Days, Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

– Establishment of Smashing Pink, first European gay/lesbian tennis club


November 1995

History of IHLIA – 1995


– In order to attract a wider audience, the name of the Documentation Center of Gay Studies was changed into Gay/Lesbian Documentation Center. The nickname Homodok continued to be used

– The revised Gaysaurus is translated in English

– Homodok collects the first cd roms and the first steps are made with the internet. The Friends of IHLIA publish a newsletter

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November 1994

History of IHLIA – 1994


– The University of Amsterdam (UvA) wants Homodok to look for its own space. The cooperation contract with the UvA comes to an end

– The Homodok archive started to open for three full days

– LAA publishes On the Lesbian Tour in Amsterdam; walking, biking and touring in lesbian Amsterdam of Jeannette Nijboer with eight classic postcards

– The LAA Newsletter changes its name in Uit de Kast (Out of the Closet)

– Homodok organizes a poster exhibition Gedrukte Verlangens (Printed Desires) in the OBA during Europride

– Homodok establishes Friends of IHLIA

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The General Act on Equal Treatment was implemented. This act includes laws that protect citizens against discrimination on various grounds, including homosexuality


November 1993

History of IHLIA – 1993


– Reception of the 10th anniversary of LAA. Beginning of annual presentation of the Lesbian Video Annual Overview

– Homodok creates a list of alerts and newspaper clippings

– Homodok and the Anna Blaman House decide to further develop the Gaysaurus together

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November 1991

History of IHLIA – 1991


– In addition to Friday afternoons, Homodok starts to also open on Wednesday afternoons.

– The ABH places more emphasis on developing collections and opening these to the public and less on cultural activities. People start working more professionally and for the first time there are two paid jobs

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November 1990

November 1989

November 1988

History of IHLIA – 1988


– LAA 5th anniversary celebration in the Sleep-In. From the various monetary gifts, a new video camera is bought, among other things

– Homodok publishes the first version of a gay thesaurus, the Gaysaurus

– Homodok begins to manage the Van Leeuwen Library (historic library of COC) and the ILGA archive

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November 1987

History of IHLIA – 1987


– The independent Documentation Center of Gay Studies is established. This becomes possible because the UvA agrees to finance the coordinator and the subsidy for the office and the collection

– Homodok acquires a Tulip PC and transfers to database programme Cardbox

– LAA focuses especially on collecting audiovisual material

– LAA moves to Zuidvliet 118. Its name changes in the Anna Blaman House (ABH). The collection expands with material about gay men, jews, black people and the Third World. Besides it’s possible to rent books and videos

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