Historian and transman Alex Bakker describes Dutch trans history. (Photo / 1954 -1956: Many American trans women travel to the Netherlands where about thirty clandestine sex operations take place.

The further I progress through the exhibition, the more I discover about the meaning of gender and it’s different cultural expressions: Samoan fa’afafines, Albanian burneshas, Zapotec muxes, Native American two-spirit people and Southeast Asian hijras are all covered.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with other cultures. When I discovered that I was transgender, I started to wonder what transgenderness looked like in other cultures or societies where no medical intervention is