Anneke van A.S.V.Gay
March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day that takes place every year to raise the voices of trans people and highlight the importance of inclusion of transgender people within and beyond the LGBTQ+ community. To celebrate and remember that day, we asked members of our club Trans+ what it means to them to be trans.
Trans+ is A.S.V.Gay's club for the transgender, non-binary, gender-questioning, and gender non-conforming members of A.S.V.Gay. They organise low-threshold activities for their members, the main purpose of which is to be with other trans people.
How Trans+ plays a role in the lives of these A.S.V.Gay members, what they will be doing for TDOV today now that we're all in quarantine, and what their coming-out was like, you can read below!
"I never have to explain my transness when I’m with Trans+ because they understand why my experiences are coloured by it."
"I am just who I am. For me, being mtf trans just means that I want my body to reflect who I am. If I could talk to my younger self, I would say: 'You are trans. Deal with it!'"
"I’d like to tell my younger self that things are going to improve a hell of a lot, and that I’ll figure myself out, at least in some way. That things will change—for the better. That it’s okay for me to be who I am, just the way I am: there’s no fault in being human, and there’s myriad human experiences; mine is just one of them, and against all odds, it’s pretty fuckin’ great."
"Aside from being the founder and a board member, Trans+ has been really valuable for me as a person. To be around trans people and be able to experiment with pronouns in an understanding environment contributes to me being comfortable in my gender and more confident expressing myself in different settings."
"I love being visibly masculine and refusing to wear feminine clothes or use feminine styles of adornment. I want it to be very clear to everyone, especially young girls, that they don’t have to grow up to be feminine. Being a possibility model for others is very important to me."