MOEISHA HAS PARTICIPATED IN ROSKILDE FESTIVAL AS BOTH MAN AND WOMAN

PUBLISHED SATURDAY 6.7.2019

Moeisha Ali Aden har participated in 12 festivals. At nine of them she was here as Mahamed. Saturday she talked in House of Chroma

"I want to show Denmark that the youth is not only white, heretosexual and cisgender. We are brown, we are transgender and we're here to stay."

The words belong to Moeisha Ali Aden, spokesperson for the NGO, Sabaah (for LGBT+ rights for minorities). Saturday she talked about being transgender at Roskilde Festival.
She acknowledges the festival for giving space to more and more queer performers aswell as collaborating with LGBT Denmark on the stage Rainbow Room.

"When I came out in 2016, none of this existed. That would certainly have been useful for me. I partied with anyone but I didn't feel safe", she says.

In her opinion Roskilde Festival is no more LGBT+ friendly than the rest of Denmark.

"Roskilde Festival is like any other city. Most of the 100.000 guests are including but of course there are racists, homophobes and transphobes here aswell", she says.

One of the boys

This year's festival was Moeishas 12th. 2007-2015 she was here as Mahamed. Mahamed stayed in camp with 12 heterosexual boys, coming up with a theme for the camp, playing beer bowling and grading passing by women.

In 2016 she came out as transgender. That made a big difference for her festival experience. The friends were cool with it and still wanted Moeisha to be a part of the camp, but things she earlier on took for granted proved themselves very troublesome: Planning pea breaks, showering, shaving and putting on make up.

"I love Roskilde Festival, I love Orange Feeling. I didn't want to not go because I'm now a transgender. But I had to consider how to be a part of the festival. I'm still part of the camp, but i shower and put on make up at home, join the camp and then leave again with the last train 4 am."
Moeisha is not only transgender. She is also a muslim. A combination many would find odd, but for Moeisha it makes sense.
"When I came out I started to read a lot of LGBT history but also The Qur'an and Hadith. I wanted to understand myself and the culture. The idea of Islam most talked about in Denmark is the Middle Easter version. I'm black and from Africa. My Islam is another Islam, where there is room for other gods, for voodoo and for me", she explains.

To fall in love and settle down

As a spokesperson for Sabaah, an activist and public speaker Moesha uses herself and her identity all the time. Sometimes it's tough to be constantly in the line of fire.

"I often say that I'm looking forward to the day I fall in love with a farm boy and move away from Copenhagen", she says laughing and the more seriously.

"Activism is something I'm doing right now. I wanna settle down with a family and children. But as long as I'm writing, speaking and giving Interviews, I want to teach the Danes, Roskilde Festival and youth in general at we're here. And we have a right to be here."

Words: Karen Dich