T time

A part of society that always captures my attention are transvestites, transgenders and drag queens. I have been working for many years as a makeup artist and hair stylist and on this road I have encountered with a bunch of lovely ladies. As a makeup artist I’ve been working at T-Style. This is a party where style and class are of great value and it’s held in a castle with a beautiful setting. T-Style is organized for transgender people and their partners. The 13th edition of the party is already scheduled and I would love to attend and help out with the ladies makeup again.

My stepbrother and his boyfriend, Rogier and Jasper, have their own YouTube channel: EenStelHomos. In a couple of their videos Louisa Janssen accompanies them. Louisa has her own documentary with TLC and this is followed up by her own series, which is also seen on TLC. EenStelHomos recorded a miniseries with Louisa in which they are hanging out together. They somewhat share the same target market and they found Louisa being a nice, striking and extreme personality. EenStelHomos also shot a video where they are transformed into a drag queen. Inspired by Ru Paul’s Drag Race they made this video in collaboration with Patty Pam Pam. EenStelHomos thought it was a great experience, felt like being a whole different person and it made them feel quite confident. It’s a kind of magic. Nevertheless, it was a one-time thing.

Transsexuals are seen more and more in the media. This reached a peak when a year ago, Caitlyn Jenner came with her own reality show ‘I am Cait’ and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair with the subtitle “Call me Caitlyn.” Caitlyn was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, whom formerly participated in the Olympics. We also know her as a member of the Kardashian family.

There is spoken a whole lot more about transvestites, transgenders and drag queens then before. People get to know the ladies and their values and are starting to understand them. Thereby the taboo is eliminated. The whole Caitlyn Jenner story has brought us a lot, but also our Queen Maxima contributed to this story as well. Last week, she opened an international conference on transgender health care. With this, Maxima and the royal family show their support.

But the transgender care in the Netherlands is not yet as it is desired. Breast prostheses were to be in the basic care package, but this is only reimbursed if breast growth stays out completely. When an AA cup is visible, a breast implant will no longer be compensated. You might find this fair or not, women with smaller cup sizes don’t just get new breast either. It will take some time before all laws and regulations on this subject are taken care of correctly.

However, not everyone can accept this subject just yet. Transgender communities are more visible than ever before, but there is still a lot of resentment and discrimination against it. In different settings you will still be classified in the gender that appears on your birth certificate. This won’t always be of trouble, but unfortunately it works differently in real life. Just think about what can happen when a trans woman is locked up into a men’s prison, just because her birth certificate says so.

But at least we know how to party in the Netherlands. Together with the transvestite duo Tranny 4/7, we party, dance and bingo. Every last Wednesday of the month they present to you ‘Drag & Disco Bingo’ in Amsterdam.

Both online and offline we can be who we want, identity is formable. The same applies to the transsexuals among us. All of us should be treated by the sex with which we identify ourselves. Fortunately, there more and more agencies that provide room for this.

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