Sponsor talk TNN at NTGF 5 May 22 2009
Good evening everyone. Sparkling persons, genders and genitals.
As community sponsor the Transgender Network Netherlands is proud to present the movie, “Los travestis también lloran”, “Transvestites also cry.”
Transgender Network Netherlands is an organization you might see as the political wing of the dutch transgender movement to be. “To be” because there are several organizations and a few companies with T* as its core business, but there is up to now not much of a movement.
TNN strongly supports this festival as an excellent example visibility, being one of our core projects these years. Together with better legislation, better health care and anti-discrimination.
I am particularly happy to introduce this movie because it tells of those of us who are in the most marginal positions: immigrant transvestites with no legal status, no other means of existence than sex work.
For me at least the existence of groups like these shows we cannot stop when dutch or european transgenders have their rights secured. Until we all are free no one is really free. This theme touches on immigration, poverty, discrimination, injustice.
We will not be free until the European fortress has opened its doors, until justice is done to everyone. We’ve got a long way ahead of us, but times seem to be favorable for us.
Until we come out of the closet and people get to know us, we will still suffer from transphobia. We are here and we want to recruit you for the transgender revolution. A very practical start is to all come out to at least one person who doesn’t know who we REALLY are. Like Harvey Milk said for the gays and lesbians of his days. You can not have an invisible movement and visibility really works. So out of the closet and into the streets everyone.
Thanks and enjoy the movie