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’.
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?’.