– Mission History

Athens Pride 2018

From 7 -11 June 2018 the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was in Athens for the Athens Pride. On invitation of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with support of the Municipality of Amsterdam we presented the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress during the pride. Besides that we did a photoshoot in the most iconic Greek setting.

http://www.iefimerida.gr/news/422030/stin-athina-forema-kata-tis-omofovias-ergo-tehnis-me-kommatakia-apo-simaies-eikones

Workplace Pride International Conference

On 18 May 2018 the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was presented during the international conference of Workplace Pride in Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage.

IDAHOT 2018 – European Parliament

From 14-17 may 2018 the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was be on display in the European Parliament. On the 17th of May (IDAHOT) the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress Foundation presented the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress in the Parliament and took part in a roundtable discussion organized by the Intergroup LGBTI of the European Parliament.

https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/amsterdamse-rainbow-dress-verovert-europa~a2e2286b/

Dutch Central Bank 2018

In February 2018 the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was exhibited in the hall of the Dutch Central Bank. An exhibition with an LGBT theme was compiled from the art depot of the bank. The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was added to this exhibition as artwork from ‘outside’. The Dutch Central Bank made a generous financial donation to the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress Foundation.

Coming Out Day 2017 – Ministry of Economic Affairs

During the coming out day 2017, the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was presented at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague / the Netherlands.  The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was exhibited for a number of days and the Foundation participated in an afternoon program that focused on diversity.

Amsterdam Museum donation

On Wednesday, August 2 2017 the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress was donated to the Amsterdam Museum. The dress is therefore part of the history of the city of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress Foundation will continue to travel with the dress, raising awareness on state-sponsored homophobia worldwide. The object has now however been granted a status of museum piece and is therefore strengthened in it’s cause.

Press release on the donation of the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress to the Amsterdam Museum (Dutch | PDF- file).

The San Francisco mission

In May 2017, the foundation traveled to San Francisco as part of an LGBTI+ focused mission with Amsterdam deputy mayor Kukenheim, with the support of the cities of Amsterdam and San Francisco and the Dutch General Consulate in San Francisco. The foundation was enabled to produce a set of strong images showcasing the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress: a token of strength, resilience and support for the LGBT+ community and those who are displaced because of anti-LGBT+ legislation worldwide. The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress Foundation is sincerely grateful to have been enabled to continue the worldwide campaign for awareness on anti-gay legislation and those affected by oppression, violence and prosecution because of who they are or whom they love.

Report on the LGBTI+ mission from Amsterdam to San Francisco by deputy mayor Simone Kukenheim (Dutch | Municipality of Amsterdam website).

Article on the presentation of the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress at San Francisco City Hall (Dutch | Municipality of Amsterdam website).

Announcement of the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress joining the LGBTI+ mission from Amsterdam to San Francisco by deputy mayor Simone Kukenheim (Dutch | Municipality of Amsterdam website).

IDAHOT 2017 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On May 17 2017 we celebrated IDAHOT with the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress being presented to the Equal Rights Coalition at the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs in The Hague, the Netherlands. IDAHOT, The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is about looking back and looking forward. We are very proud to have presented the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress at the ministry of Foreign Affairs, in presence of their excellencies minister Koenders and the ambassadors of the countries that are part of the Equal Rights Coalition. IDAHOT is the day we commemorate the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the WHO, which happened on May 17, 1990. With 75 countries incorporated in the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, there is still a lot to be achieved around the globe.

Amsterdam Rainbow Dress presented at the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN | Website of the Dutch government).

Speech of Dutch foreign minister Koenders during IDAHOT 2017 (EN | Website of the Dutch government).

Article on human rights report (Dutch | Website of the Dutch government).

The New York mission

In September 2016, the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress project was part of the Amsterdam cultural trade mission traveling to New York City to promote arts and culture. More than 60 institutions took part in this mission and our team was present to promote the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress in the Big Apple. This was made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the city of Amsterdam. Watch a video registration of the dress’ presentation:

Amsterdam Rainbow Dress – New York City 2016

Rotterdam Pride 2016

The New Institute, Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture located at the Museumpark in Rotterdam, Showcased the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress during Rotterdam Pride.

Article about the presentation (Dutch).

 

Quick links

An up-to-date list of all flags currently incorporated in the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress*.

Image: Glo Taylor presents the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress at the central rotunda of San Francisco City Hall on Harvey Milk Day 2017. Image by Ashlynn Danielsen

* List of countries as comprised by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). The flag of Belize has since been replaced with the rainbow flag. The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress in her current form consists of 75 national flags, 1 rainbow flag and 4 flags of the City of Amsterdam