Dirk Lotriet
2 minute read
19 Feb 2021
8:31 am

We are all brothers, sisters and…

Dirk Lotriet

Some countries have made huge strides in recognising people whose sexual identities don’t necessarily align with their bodies.

Gender categories will soon become obselete on Dutch ID cards. ANP/AFP/File/Robin UTRECHT

After Uncle Cyril’s last “family meeting”, I recently had the opportunity to visit an old friend who owns a pub around the corner. Thanks to the later curfew the place was still open, but rather empty. I had just ordered my soda when a woman started talking to me. It was clear she was there long before me. “Let me guess,” she said. “You’re a typical sad, divorced man, your flat is suffocating you and you came to the pub to look for company,” she slurred. I tried to tell her she was mistaken, but she held her hand up....