No not a painting, architecture or a photo collage as you’ve seen on this blog these first days of the new year, but a movie.
Two friends of us were invited, by Universal, to see the press preview of The Danish Girl. Mario and I were the +1. We all knew snippets of the story, some of us a bit more than others. The preview was at Filmhallen, a former tram depot now turned into a cultural centre.
First we were welcomed by chairwoman Irene Hemelaar of Amsterdam Pride, she did the introduction to the movie too. We also met several other people we know in our circles, and even two days late we still wished them all the best for 2016.
As I said before A MASTERPIECE! Great casting of Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artist couple Einar and Gerda Wegener.
Two moments define the remarkable story of the Danish artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe the first transgender person to undergo reassignment surgery. Einar/Lili (Eddie Redmayne) slipping on stockings and ballet pumps to stand in for a life model awakens Einer’s female self and Einar/Lili stating her belief that she’s a woman inside a male body reaffirmed by Einer’s wife Gerda.
The setting was great, the whitewashed cool colors of Copenhagen, the vibrant warm colors of Paris and sterile stand off of Dresden. It offers a painterly quality with costumes and interiors made for the camera which if anything masks the psychological and later the physical reality of the experimental operations Lili underwent in Dresden. But also the music score fit so right in this movie. A must see!
‘I believe I am a woman’ – Einer/Lili. ‘I believe it too’ – Gerda.
I had a great time during the Christmas Party of Luna Lunettes crew and guests of Siorée Frivolettes Culinettes at Martine’s home base, the farm just outside of Amsterdam. We celebrated the past year in the barn, just outside the sliding doors the cows were standing and the chickens were rummaging to find something to eat. Everyone brought something to eat or drink, and knowing our crew we had enough to drink!
Next to SFC we also celebrated the X-mas Extravaganza, that a part of the crew is to show next week, during a Pink drink in the eastern part of the city. We’re part of a “family”, a bunch of friends who work together, party together, but also do cultural things together.
Pictures of todays event will appear later, I didn’t brought my camera. But one thing is for sure… a large amount of white powder was available to all… this is Amsterdam after all! Icing sugar to cover the pancakes and Weihnachts-stollen.
The sound my (on loan) mobility scooter was making lately, got worse and worse. So yesterday I called the service department and told them what was going on, and also asked if they had heard back from Social Services (WMO) about a new scooter. Of the latter they didn’t know and they would call me back. On the complain they could act swiftly, for a change, the next day.
Early this morning a service technician arrived, he thought he knew what was wrong with the scooter and opened it up… he noticed immediately something was wrong, very wrong. The fuse had burnt a hole through the outer skin of the battery, and the three of us, the battery, scooter and I could have gone up in smoke and burnt meat. I’m not a big fan of barbecued meat especially if its me, myself and I, or to eat. But in my mind’s eye I could see the fun of it.
Now the scooter is parked in the downstairs hallway, sans batteries. I just hope to hear from the service department soon when new batteries will be available, so I can be on my way again.
No wheels means not that I stay at home, tonight I’m going to hear the Messiah sung by the GALA choir (Gay And Lesbian Amsterdam) at Old Lutheran Church (Oude Lutherse) on Singel, and tomorrow evening my “ship comes in…” (You have to wait for that story).
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a Humanitarian Caregiver who works in a OAP. One of his clients had the strong feeling of being a transgender woman, and he wanted to show himself as said woman to the world, or at least in the confines of the Old Age People’s home he lives in.
Two of my best friends are transgender women, and they both work in and for their community. The HC had met them once, but didn’t know how to connect with them, so he came to me with two requests. The first to talk with the transgender and the people who take care of him/her, and second if my friends would like to talk during a lecture on transgender’s in one of Gay OAP homes he works in.
Because all the hectic of Gay Pride, Day of Hearts and Sail Amsterdam, it took some time to get a date fixed so the two of them could meet the client, the social worker and the staff.
Yesterday was the day it happened, they met with the staff, told them that they had to think outside the box. Becoming someone else is not a kit, but a transition. They also made arrangements so the person will be fitted out with good make-up, shoes and a wig to go with the dress he bought online.
Afterwards they dropped by at my place with small, but warm, Indonesian pancake rolls. We talked about how the meeting went, consumed the pancake rolls, drank some wine, talked about other stuff, ate dinner together (re-heating a quiche and a pie), had coffee and/or tea and before we knew it 5 hours had passed.
I hope they have a great time during their vacation in Normandy. Have a save trip!
Monday it drizzled the whole day, even after my not feeling well from the day before, I just went to town to see the Hearts, Kings and Queens of Zeedijk. All photos were made by my friend Nicky de Boer, who volunteered for this event. Because of her I could have a peek in the Olav Chapel, the second oldest place of worship in the city of Amsterdam (1440-1450) now part of neighboring NH Barbizon Palace hotel.
I know most of these people, in or out of drag, but I’m not going to tell you who they are, or what they do for a living, it would astound you. This is Amsterdam after all, anything is possible!
Queen of Hearts
Me, caught red-handed by the Fashion Police for wearing wet clothes.
Drag Kings, first prize winners
5 little Japanese girls
Drag Queen and the lady in red…
The Village Girls
Fashion Police Queens
Queen of Zeedijk
Twin Queens only their mother can keep them apart
Drag Kings & Hearts
sweets for my sweet
By far this is the Best Selfie of Amsterdam Pride.
I didn’t take pictures this year, but the photos you’re about to see were taken by a Dutch Press Agency and a Police helicopter. Enjoy!
Just click on one for a larger format.
Entering Prinsengracht while crossing Brouwersgracht
Prinsengracht and Westertoren and its 70 meter Rainbow flag, on the right on the other canal is the Homomonument
Kingdom Float, with people from our Caribbean Islands. One way or the other they don’t have the same gay rights we have in the Netherlands. That’s why we fight for equal rights in our whole kingdom! The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the 20th anniversary of the Amsterdam Gay Pride. Two celebrations which at first sight might have nothing to do with each other, but remarkably enough have the same message: Unity in Diversity.
The opening act
Our Pink forces, army, navy, airforce. Led by the highest in command.
Cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the show will be on at Royal Theater Carré mid november.
Spectators in their boat, most have full blown parties going on
Ferry magazine started as a just photos magazine in the mean time a lot has changed, they have good articles too!
The Pridestream boat, broadcasting a live 360 degrees view of the Canal Parade. So anyone could be part of this event, even when you live in a country where homosexuality is forbidden.
Angels of Amsterdam
Early colorful spectators, this was very early in the morning, after 10 no spaces were left
AGP stands for Amsterdam Gay Pride
A full house, the city was flooded with 650,000 visitors next to its own inhabitants…