AMSTERDAM – Filipino LGBT Europe in collaboration with CinemAsia and Trans United Europe/Trans BPOC European network, will be hosting a panel discussion on The Future of Trans Politics on Friday, March 6, from 19:00 at Studio K in Amsterdam.

This event will take place right after CinemAsia’s screening of Lingua Franca at Studio/K co-hosted with Filipino LGBT Europe on Friday, 6th March at 17:15 at Studio K in Amsterdam.

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The forum will outline the current situation and political policies affecting trans communities in the USA and the Philippines. There will also be a panel discussion with Kaye Candaza (Filipino LGBT Europe), Raymond Unico (Filipino LGBT Europe) and Alejandra Ortiz (Trans United Europe) to answer your questions as speakers and members share challenges and success stories of the trans community. The discussion will be moderated by Alex Kain (Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN))

Meet the speakers and members of the panel

Kaye Candaza
Head Trans Committee

Filipino LGBT Europe

Kaye is a proud intersex, feminist, anti-imperialist, leftist, Indigenous, queer, trans and women’s rights activist.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Centro Escolar University, Manila and further studied gender women and sexuality at Thammasat University in Thailand.

She started her activism back in 2006, when she met the founders of Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines, the first trans rights advocacy and support group organization in the Philippines.

She moved to the Netherlands in 2012, and currently works with various European LGBTIQ+ organizations.  As a Dutch intersex and woman of color of Filipino descent, the issue of race, gender, class, and sexuality has always been part of her day to day battle. Her activism centers on intersectionality and decolonization.

Raymond Unico
Filipino LGBT Europe

Raymond Unico, also known as Rica to his friends, is a queer of colour from the Philippines who migrated to the Netherland many years ago. By identifying himself as a queer of colour, Raymond emphasises how his identities, such as (homo)sexuality and race, intersect.

He attended the graduate school of gender studies in Utrecht University. He is particularly keen in the topics and issues around feminist research, queer theory, migration studies and postcolonial theory. In his research project entitled, ‘Translate Me Not: The (In)visibility of the Filipino Queer Immigrants in the Dutch Society’, Raymond grappled with the questions of how identities are constructed and performed and how these construction and performances are (un/mis)represented through the process of translations into the dominant language we sometimes refer to as the Lingua Franca.

Alejandra Ortiz
Trans United Europe

Alejandra Ortiz a transwoman with a history of poverty, violence, sex work, drug abuse, stigma and illegal displacement in the USA.  Alejandra fled from Mexico after a long history of violence and transphobia and came to the Netherlands to seek asylum. As a member and volunteer for Trans United Europe, TNN and TranScreen, Alejandra focuses on her community work among bicultural trans-refugees, sex workers and persons living with HIV.

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