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'The needs of our communities consist of much more than emergency help, we know this. But, we also know that while bigger organizations and policymakers are busy discussing abstract policies, there are people caught between the intersections of life and who cannot wait to get help. That's why we are here.'

“Isn’t that dangerous, those puberty inhibitors?” It’s a question I’ve been asked many times when I tell people that I started my physical transition at age 13. To map out the vital meaning of puberty inhibitors, I spoke with three young transgender people.

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.

The Netherlands' pioneer status, which it attained by opening the first transgender clinic in the world in 1975, is now in decline. However, our country is still considered to be trans friendly. In other parts of Europe, transgender people are subjected to restrictions that are inhumane and encourage transphobia.

As a trans person in Latin America, your average lifespan is thirty-five years. If I hadn't fled my country three years ago, I probably would have been part of the statistics.

I feel more and more at home in my changing body, but still fall over a number of social stumbling blocks, such as going out. 'Will I pass as a man?', 'Am I flat enough in this binder?' and 'What if I meet people from my previous life?'.

Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science (D66) writes a column for TRANS magazine 2020 “Unknown makes unloved”, according to an old Dutch saying. Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven You can make of that what you like, but that’s simply the way it works for us humans. It’s hardwired into us – and not only into rigid, conservative types. Progressive people

'When I decided to write a novel about my life after transitioning, and when that turned into a serious project, it dawned on me that my life in stealth would end.'