Meet the editorial staff of TRANS magazine:
Meike: ‘Since 2006 I have initiated educational journalistic projects for groups underrepresented in the media. In 2009 I founded the Inclusive Foundation for the realization of these projects, with which I strive for social equality. In addition to TRANS magazine, we also publish INCLUSIEF magazine, made by migrants. I want to fight fear of the unknown, both personally and in my environment.’ Meike is also an artist (painter) and identifies as agender.
Worked as a teacher and production director of theater performances for many years. He is now a social counselor and consultant on sexual and gender diversity at the Dutch Council for Refugees. Since the first edition of TRANS magazine, Gabriël has been involved in the creation of it as editor-in-chief. Gabriel: ‘This magazine project is not only about making articles, photos, drawings, layout, it is also about being part of a community. All makers are trans in their own unique way and together we represent a multifaceted trans diversity. Our aim is to provide readers with a sounding board, recognition and possibly some new insights.’
‘My name is Bappie and I am here to assist the team with my design skills. As a trans person my goal is to get the world into a headlock until it understands the essence of trans. The lovely writers of TRANS magazine will lure you in with their words, while the art department will keep your eyes glued to the pages, and I? I am just the guy who numbers the pages and makes sure you have a visually pleasant read. I know, I should be declared holy.‘
Jamilla: ‘As graphic designer I have been an ally for TRANS magazine since 2018. I have always been interested in gender and sexuality. As a cis woman in a queer relationship (my boyfriend is trans) I think it’s important to use my privileges to bring awareness and offer my help to the LGBTQ+ community. Every trans person goes through their transition in different ways and there are beautiful and amazing stories there. Stories that I want to bring to life through my design and artwork.‘
Jasmine joined the TRANS magazine team in 2018. For her this meant a renewed contribution to the trans community and giving up a life in stealth. Jasmine: ‘I’ve been taking photographs since I was very young, and it is my passion in life. I mostly focus on theatrical visuals, portrait and fashion photography. In my portraits, I know how to capture other sides of people.‘
‘I’m Jan, I’m 30 years old, and I’m non-binary. I’ve worked on the 2020 edition of TRANS magazine; that was a super rewarding process. I love connecting with like-minded people, and I love creating content that will hopefully bring more attention to the trans community in a positive way. ’