Yvo Manuel Vas Dias is the first transmen, founder and chairman Amsterdam TransPride and TransAmsterdam” nominated for the Amsterdammer of the year.
Yvo was born on 11 June 1960 in Amsterdam. He is a transman, a Buddhist with a Portuguese-Jewish background. As a child he always felt that he wanted to build bridges between different cultures and religions. In the 1980s he was educated as a social worker, and worked for various social-work organizations where he specialized in working with migrants, lgbt and bereavement counseling. After having worked as a social worker for a number of years, he switched to public relations. As a public relations manager he has worked for various lgbt, trans, buddhist, art and cultural organizations. He was also active as a committee member for public relations in lgbt, trans and buddhist organizations where he organized conferences, book presentations, festivals and buddhist programmes and accompanied buddhist teachers. During his transition he was well supported by his buddhist teachers. Through years of meditation and mantra practice, as well as doing a number of retreats, his transition has been a good one.
Since 2014 he is the founder and chairman of TransAmsterdam, Amsterdam TransPride and InClusion. TransAmsterdam is a transgender organization for art, culture and lifestyle. The goal of TransAmsterdam is to improve the way transgenders are viewed and to empower as well as give more visibility to this group. Offer transgenders, cis-genders and artists a cultural and art stage for their creative outlet. He and his team organize a variety of activities and theme gatherings for and on behalf of transgender individuals. Provide information and advice related to transgender subjects and to build a bridge between de transgender community, various target groups, arts, culture and society.
You can vote for him till january 14 2017 on the website Amsterdammer of the Year http://amsterdammervanhetjaar.nl/yvo-manuel-vas-dias/. More information on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/397760820566285/