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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Jackson

by Paul Hofman in Events & Agenda , 21 juli 2018

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As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Jackson from Trans United.

Jackson by Noah ValentynJackson
“Being yourself without prejudice”


For Jackons (41), Amsterdammer in heart and soul, this ambassadorship is nothing out of the ordinary. Earlier, he acted as the face of Trans-United. He is visibly touched, and says: “Through my story as a transman I hope to reach out to others. Even if it is only one person.”

Jackson is born a girl but feels more like a boy growing up. “When I was 10, I strongly felt that something was wrong. I was a lesbian tomboy.” After hiding this feeling for many years, the penny finally drops at the age of thirty-five. Jackson decides on a sex change.

A long and intensive process follows. “Life goes on while transitioning, but it couldn't go fast enough.” Jackson is happier than ever after taking this step. After the transitioning, he is finally the man he always wanted to be. “The manlier the better. I even have a beard now.”

He emphasizes that the fact that he is a transman should not be anything special. “In the first place, I am someone who happens to be a transman.” Moreover, there are no rules about how you should be or act as a man or woman, he emphasizes.


His ambassador's role fits him like a glove. “I am ready for this. I want to touch and inspire people with my story. Even though the process can be difficult, there is always light on the other side of the tunnel. Always stay true to yourself because someone else will not...”

In the background, his favourite song 'Invincible' by Michael Jackson is playing. That is his unconditional hero. “His music and voice bring me peace. He has known a lot of misery, but also radiated something special: if you go for it, you can solve everything. With trial and error, you are invincible.”

Jackson is pre-eminently the example that you can be happy as a transman or woman.
“I can finally be myself without prejudice.”


   Amsterdam Pride 2018, July 28 till August 5
see also www.pride.amsterdam



 







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