Visibly trans is more difficult in the countryside than in the city.That is what’s assumed. What about this really? In this article I dive into the statistics, share my own experience as a non-binary Frisian, and talk to three trans people from different places in the Netherlands about their experiences in the city and in the countryside.
Trans artist Sophie Labelle focuses her comics primarily on the queer and trans community and less on educating society. I have been following her on social media for years and was allowed to interview her during her European tour.
‘As a 38 year old -dare to say- cis passable trans woman, who is attracted to cis males, and who has been through many phases of identity (pre and post hormones, pre-op, post-op, stealth, you name it), dating has not been a major issue for me. Finding a reliable man who is also looking for a long-term relationship, that has been the problem.
I was diagnosed with a form of autism (PDD-NOS) not long before I started my transition at the Amsterdam UMC. In the peer support group for trans men I started visiting, as well as in online groups I joined, I met many people with the same ‘double diagnoses’.
‘When you think of your gender, your culture, and your religion, where do you draw the line between ’knowing’ your identity and constructing it?
I often struggle with the thought that my Jewishness and gender non-conformity cannot exist all at once.’