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.’
The Dutch television program about being transgender ‘Hij is een Zij’ is about to start the fifth season. An interview with presenter Jan Kooijman: ‘I like the documentary type of approach and the long time spent following people, which allows us to make faithful recountances’.
Rowan, known from the TLC-series Onze transgender liefde (“Our transgender love”), has postponed his transition to be able to have a child with his (transgender) wife Louisa. In December 2017, he became the proud dad of Mikai and in April he finally started taking testosterone. I interviewed him two months later.