I am TRANS* - Thats my PRIDE

Sasha is a young and beautiful graphic designer, and she was a top student in her class, however, she is unable to get a job, and in everyday life encounters difficult obstacles because she refuses to hide her identity - she is a trans* person.

Sasha “came out of the closet,” and revealed her sexual identity at the end of her first year of college. Her mother accepted it from the beginning, while her father had great problems with it. He never accepted Sashas true identity and was physically abusive to her. Transgender people living in Serbia say that environmental prejudices are slowly ending and there is less and less fear of violence. When it comes to love and making relationships, there are also problems because of prejudice, but several significant relationships that she had, have encouraged her to be who she is and to be loved just for who she is.

The biggest problem for the trans * community, like the rest of the population in Serbia, is unemployment, even for those with high education level.

Sasha has entered the process of transition, that is, gender change. Her body accepts therapy, and hopes to have surgery in two years, she has given herself such a deadline.

Folk Games: Place in Serbia where the old athletic disciplines come to life

The Guca Trumpet festival has traditionally nurtured the Folk Games, which include a combination of several old athletic disciplines: Wrestling “in the bone”, throwing stones from the shoulder, jumping “out of place”, shooting ”apple’s heart” with an air rifle. In each of these disciplines, one participant who is the best is singled out, and then, the points are added up and only one comes out as the ultimate Victor of the all-rounder.

The Academy of Fine Pain

These guys hold their meetings in strict privacy, member only clubs with extremely low light, and sound proof walls. Their philosophy is based on pain that gives pleasure, and satisfaction that depends on pain. This is what is being taught in the only “Academy of Fine Pain” in Serbia that is located in the center of Belgrade. The broad field of BDSM most often involves bonding, domination, sadism and masochism. In this dominant and subordinate game, all trainees must learn how the knots binding techniques, how much each whip hurts, but also how a man treads properly and how to choke the “slave” until he breaks his blood supply. Although the “kinky” scene exists in Belgrade for a long time, the Academy was officially formed a little over two years ago.

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