You gotta do it my way!
Streetheart Festival, Club ChUrch, 2019 Photo Ms Louli
Hi I’m Jennifer Hopelezz, the proud mom of the House of Hopelezz. I’ve got more than 50 children & countless relatives! I’m not just a mom, but also a businessperson, activist, columnist & sports fanatic. I’m originally from Sydney, Australia but moved to Amsterdam in the 90’s for the liberal and free-spirited atmosphere of this beautiful city.
I’m particularly interested in issues of: gender, homophobia & transphobia, gay nightlife, sexual positivity & visibility, HIV and AIDS and personal freedom.
I fight for a ‘safe & sensible’ sex and party scene and am a founding member of PrEPnu, a group fighting for full access to PrEP (a drug that effectively prevents the transmission of hiv virus). I’m a strong supporter of sexual diversity and personal responsibility.
I co-founded Pink Point with the LGBTQ info kiosk at the Homomonument, the Drag Olympics, The Streetheart Festival, as well as Superball, a ‘Eurovision for Drag artists.’
Although the core business of a drag queen is entertainment, I believe that drag performers can & should use the attention they get to play a role in society. Political activism in combination with drag has a long history, going back to the Stonewall riots in New York that ushered in the gay right movement.
I was ambassador to Amsterdam Pride in 2018, I opened and hosted the ‘International Aids Conference Global Village’ in both 2018 & 2020.
I’m now currently co-owner of gay Sauna NZ, the Amsterdam fetish club ChUrch as well as being a board member of GALA (Gay & Lesbian Amsterdam) Foundation.
Alkmaar Pride, 2016 Photo Keesnan
Amsterdam Pride, 2018 Photo Jon Haywood
Photo Robbert van Lennep 2017.