Transvisie offers information and support to transgender people (adults, adolecents and gender dysphoric children), their partners, their parents and relevant others, such as their families, siblings, etc. Transvisie distributes information, hosts several self-help groups and safeguards the interests of the individual and the collective of transgender people in the Netherlands.
It is Transvisie’s fundamental idea that offering people help and information will enable them to independently take up their place in society. It is because of an amazing and loyal group of volunteers that Transvisie can offer all of its activities. This volunteer work is based on self-help, which means that all the volunteers have experience with being transgender themselves, or having a transgender partner or child.
In the Netherlands we use the word transgender for:
- transgender men
- transgender women
- non-binary people
Transgender people in the Netherlands that are looking for a place to undergo their medical transition can either to the gender team of the AUMC (VUmc) hospital in Amsterdam (both children and adults), the gender team of the UMCG hospital in Groningen (adults only), or to a number of independent specialised psychologists. In addition to what these gender teams and psychologists do, Transvisie offers support and guidance before, during and after the transitioning process with self-help groups. Transvisie also safeguards the interests of individual and the collective of transgender people by communicating with doctors, hospitals, healthcare insurers and the government.
Knowing that you are not alone is important during the transitioning process. During group meetings, you can share your feelings, experiences and knowledge. This is not only true for transgender people, but also for their significant others, such as parents, children, family and relevant others. The various self-help groups of Transvisie offers the opportunity to meet each other in a safe environment, and encourages acceptation and self-development. If you have any questions regarding our groups, please contact the Transvisie office.
Our self-help groups are:
- Mannengroep: group for female to male transgenders (monthly in Utrecht);
- Vrouwengroep: group fore male to female transgenders (monthly in Utrecht);
- TransAnders: group for people who identify as non-binairy, ie. people who feel neither male or female, people who feel male and female, or people who do not fit in de binary gender roles (monthly in Utrecht and Groningen);
- Go: group for parents and underage children with gender dysphoria (parent meetings twice a year, children in the ages <12 and 12-18 meet twice a year, family day once a year, location varies);
- (H)erkenning: group for partners, parents and children of transgender people (several meetings a year, location varies);
- Jongvolwassenengroep: group for young adults consisting of a mix of transgender men, transgender women, and non-binary (monthly meetings alternating between Utrecht and elsewhere);
- Transgender en geloof: group for religious transgender people (monthly in Zwolle);
- Genderhome Groningen: group for transgender men and transgender women (monthly in Groningen);
- Transgendercafé Enschede: group for transgender men, transgender women, people with another gender identity (monthly in Enschede);
- BrabantseWal groep: group for transgender men, transgender women, people with another gender identity (monthly in Bergen op Zoom).
Please consult our website for actual information, dates, locations and themes.
An important part of Transvisie’s job is providing information about being transgender and the consequences of this in the lives of people. Transvisie provides information to transgender people and people who are important to them, such as partners, family, children, colleagues, et cetera. This information consists of general information, practical information and references to other organisations.
Information subjects include:
- What is gender dysphoria and gender incongruence?
- What are transgender people?
- Which organisations offer help? What kind of help do they offer?
- Which hospitals offer medical treatment?
- What Transvisie does?
- What does gender dysphoria mean to the person themselves, and what does it mean to the people in their lives?
- Which medical procedures are available?
- Advocacy: Transvisie follows the development of the medical treatments available in the Netherlands and insurance coverage for said treatments. Our board often meets with hospitals, government, healthcare insurers and other stakeholders. If we find out that something can be improved, we will discuss this.
- Hospital visits: If you undergo a transgender related surgery in a hospital in the Netherlands, you can ask one of our volunteers to come and visit you. With this volunteer you can discuss how your surgery went, how the hospital treats you and what you can expect during your recovery.
- Individual conversation: If you have questions that might require longer answers, you can ask for an individual conversation. You will then meet with one of our volunteers.
- Media: The visibility and familiarity of transgender people will result in more understanding, emancipation and tolerance in society. Transvisie is often approached by radio, television and magazines.
On a dedicated page for foreigners (including refugees), you will find detailed information for both transgender asylum seekers and refugees, as well as for other foreigners who need more information on health care regulations in The Netherlands.