The older generation grew up at a time when little or nothing was known about the subject of ‘being transgender’, so you couldn’t talk about it. Author Eveline van de Putte wrote down the stories of many of them in the book Nieuwe Namen.
You would expect that after my phalloplasty operation I was living on cloud 9. I was ‘ready,’ right? The biggest dream I had ever had just come true. Unfortunately, I felt the opposite: I became incredibly depressed.