Amsterdam’s Drag Queen Olympics: The creme of high-heeled athleticism battle for gold

drag-queen-parade-amsterdamThe cream of high-heeled athleticism battle for gold in the stiletto sprint and handbag toss at Amsterdam’s Drag Queen Olympics

The stage is a blur of bright colours, big make-up, stilettos and wigs as I arrive at Amsterdam’s Drag Queen Olympics. A huge crowd has already gathered at the Homomonument – a memorial commemorating all gay men and lesbians who have ever been persecuted – for this Gay Pride event, and the excitement is palpable. The music is loud and the crowd gets bigger still as the clock hands move steadily towards 7pm. Suddenly a roar goes up.

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We work to show the people and lives that society tries to hide. We work with homeless people, dragqueens, elderly with Alzheimer and adolescents in poor circumstances. Martijn Crowe is an artist and professor in Anthropology. His work and art is visible at

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