Utrecht needs What You See Festival

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The recent research published by Transgender Netwerk Nederland  shows us all why the

What You See Festival

is so important in the fight for equality

Last Sunday 18 November, Transgender Netwerk Nederland published their research ‘Warned’.

The link goes to a Dutch language paper.

This shows that transgender people are mistreated seven times as often and are ten times more likely to be victims of cyber bullying than other genders.

In the public space, online, but also at home, the threat of danger is still great.

This underlines the urgency to continue to fight for equality.

“In the public space, which is all of us, some people are freer than others. With What You See Festival I want to contribute to a more tolerant and inclusive society through art.” Said Vincent Wijlhuizen, the artistic & general manager of What You See Festival.

We all need to hear, in fact we must hear stories for example, in 71BODIES 1DANCE. Where we share his experiences about his transition from woman to transman, by the Spanish Daniel Mariblanca. He interviewed 71 transgenders from all over Europe and shares their stories about fear, doubt, relief and liberation in a performance and in the Black Little Boxes exhibition.

71BODIES 1DANCE contributes to the visibility of the transgender community, stimulates curiosity and generates knowledge, understanding and awareness.

“I had many doubts and fears about my ‘coming-out’. I was afraid of discrimination and to be rejected by my family, partner and friends. I did not know how it would affect my career and future. I knew that I was not alone in my fears, so I wanted to interview other transgender people and share their stories.”

said  Daniel Mariblanca.

The more we see and hear these stories, the more we can come to accept what we see and not be judgemental.

What You See Festival gives a strong voice to the transgender community with, among other things, the performance And then God created Mounir from Mounir Samuel and the exhibitions Inner Journey by Marvel Harris and NON-BINAIR by Marloes Messemaker.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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