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Know your History

In this new column historian Alex Bakker puts a spotlight on the history of trans people in the Netherlands by highlighting objects, photos, images, and stories. This time a piece of clarification on the backgrounds to the new transgender act. With a call to do history justice.

Amsterdam Pride will be back from 30 July until 7 August, this year with the theme My Gender, My Pride. The fact that the word gender is now central - be it in a broader sense than just transgender - is nothing less than a historical shift.