What would be the ultimate feeling of freedom for you?
To me, freedom has many layers. There is an inner freedom, which ideally would mean that I accept myself in all my strengths and flaws, in all my colors. That I’m not characterized by my sexual orientation or gender and that I am happy and proud of feeling fluid in all those things, not disabling myself from doing what I want or expressing what I believe in. To never be ashamed.
What follows is the freedom to surround yourself with people who agree with that. Who care about, like, love and/or accept you for exactly that what you want to be. It’s the freedom to safely come out to your family and friends and include these important people in your inner circle of safety and love.
But if we look beyond that, there is the freedom that we still need to fight for the most: the freedom to be accepted by society. To be able to openly discuss sexuality, to show each other how multidimensional love is, and if people disagree or get angry, that there is a government that will stand in front of us and protect us. This is why I believe in something like Milkshake, where it’s made so visible that love is simply love, no matter what your color, gender, sexual orientation, belief or favorite Beyoncé song is. And I believe it works! People keep telling me how surprised they are, how different their expectations were until they saw how amazing it was. It’s great to be part of that.
Why are you looking forward to this year’s edition of Milkshake?
This is also why I am looking forward to Milkshake so much! The fact that we can put thousands of people together at one location, people that are so different, and that everyone accepts this flow of loving and respecting and admiring each other gives me so much energy. It makes you rethink all the shit our world is dealing with currently, and then realize that it actually is not that hard. We don’t have to be bitter and hateful towards each other. Embracing our differences makes life a way more interesting experience. And Milkshake symbolizes exactly that for me.
What’s your favorite stage?
Definitely Supertoys! Being one of the “dolls” in the dollhouse last year definitely made it high on the list of funnest experiences ever! The energy that went back and forth between the audiences, performers and artists was simply perfect. It was worth the two weeks of aching muscles afterwards. You could wake me up for that anytime!