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.
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?’.