Tippin' the Scales



thankyouNormally I write my ‘Thank You’ note on the first day of Christmas, my birthday, now with still a few days to go I want to thank the people who enriched my life these past 12 months.

Of course my physicians are part of it, I haven’t seen them this much this year and I hope to keep it that way, unless they need me one way or an other. Because of them I can walk again, short distances, and without crutches!  But also the friends I gained over the years, some of them I’ve met, others who give advice over the internet, I thank all of you. Just to name a few, Anne-Marie near Philadelphia (who I met thru a shrink in Phoenix AZ), Wayne in Delaware struggling to stay alive with his form of blood-cancer and Josh in Podunk, Indiana, an online pastor. (still a good friend after i lost “the Faith”).

But also the people who gave me will power, see my inner strength while they showed me theirs. Just to name a few, Charl Bakker (links to FB), Pete Statham, Luna Lunettes and Tom de Jong. (sorry some sites are in Dutch only), a big ‘Thank You’ to all of you!

But also my sisters (big and small), younger brother and Dad, who were a big support after Mum died on November 1, 2014.

Thanks for keeping me sane, enriching my life, looking forward to a bright future. See you all, online or in real life, next year!





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Song Of A Wanderer

BOI-Song-of-a-Wanderer-Anne-Marie-BorsboomNext year a documentary will have its official premiere and will then hit the screens in theaters around the globe. Last night we had a semi private viewing in the EYE Film Institute here in Amsterdam. The title of the movie: Boi – song of a wanderer

Boi was originally aimed to relate the living conditions of individuals in countries where political and religion issues hamper everyday life. But Boi became the story of an inner struggle, a quest for who one really is. Boi is the story of a girl who wanted to be boy. Boi keeps tracks of Nitzan’s life and body changes, following her through her journey all over the world. But most important it shows us the surprisingly beautiful direction uncertain steps can take. Nitzan unveils who she really is: an amazingly attractive and vigorous young man.

It took eleven years in the making, the movie starts in 2003, and the transition goes slowly just as real life, it’s not a decision made easily but something that literally has to grow.

The presentation was in the capable hands of Luna Lunettes and Merel Moistra. After the movie there was a Q&A of course and during the drink at the café Merel performed several of her songs. The one I liked best is “Geboortekaartje” (birth announcement) in which it doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl as long as you are YOU!


Canal Pride 2014

It’s a long post, not in text but in photos. Click the first one and you’ll see a bigger version, some have a text to explain it.


The One That Got Away…


Especially for Anne-Marie in Philly!

Me in my (too tight) Pride Walk Crew T-shirt on arrival at Homo Monument near Westermarkt.

Where my friends walked at the front of the demonstration, I drove at the end, trying to keep the last persons together and giving them an extra boost when they crossed streets too slow.

A big thank you to our boys and girls in blue. Or as they call themselves Pink in Blue. In the Netherlands police, army, navy and fire brigades have their own gay associations and are visible during Pride. But also when you want to talk to a certain person at a station about some situation.

It’s great to live in a country where you’re really free in what to think, believe or do. It says so in Article 1 of our Constitution.

Article 1
All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on any other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted.

Photo by John Meslkens


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