ABOUT DITO!

Dito! is a volunteer organization run by and for LGBT+ youth (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). Based in Nijmegen, we organize many activities in the city centre and on the Radboud University and HAN campus. Dito! Has over 200 members, around 50 of whom are active volunteers. On this page you can read more about Dito!’s history and its structure.

 

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HISTORY

Dito! was founded in 1985 and has worked for over 30 years to improve personal and societal emancipation of LGBT+ youth (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). The organisation was originally called Pinkeltje, and back then there was little visibility of sexual and gender diversity in Dutch society, including newspapers, radio or television. There was thus a great need for a platform like Pinkeltje.

Pinkeltje started with organising its first Intro groups, but quickly expanded. Its volunteers visited schools, published their own magazine, started organising theme-nights (mish-mash), T-café’s and drinks, and started an LGBT+ hotline (the hojofoon). The organisation was housed in the Villa Lilla, along with the other organisations of the local Pink Movement.

In 2005, when Pinkeltje celebrated its 20th birthday, it was decided that there was a need for a new name: the birth of Dito!. This took place in a time when the internet developed rapidly, so Dito! took the opportunity to grow. We introduced our Pink lunches, and in 2009 we organised the first Pink Week on Campus.

Currently, Dito! has over 200 members, around 50 of whom are active volunteers. Dito! is the oldest LGBT+ youth organisation in the Netherlands.

THE BOARD

Dito! is a foundation headed by 7 board members. The board consists of the chairman, secretary and treasurer, as well as four board members who aid in coordinating two or three related committees: Activities, Media&PR, Volunteers&Emancipation, and External Affairs. Every committee consists of one or two coordinators and several committee members. All members of Dito!’s board and committees are volunteers.