Information about Transvisie (ENG)
Transvisie offers information and support to transgender people, their partners and parents, parents of gender dysphoric children and relevant others, such as their families, brothers and sisters, etc. We distribute information, host several self-help groups and look after the interests of the individuals and the collective of transgender people in the Netherlands.
Our fundamental idea is that offering people help and information will enable them to independently take up their place in society. It is because of a fantastic and loyal group of volunteers that Transvisie can offer all of her activities. This volunteer work is based on self-help, which means that all the volunteers have experience with being transgender.
In the Netherlands we use the word transgender for:
- transgender men (transsexual men)
- transgender women (transsexual women)
- non-binary people
- people with another gender identity
- people who don’t feel male or female
- people who feel both male and female
The activities of Transvisie
Transgender people in the Netherlands who are looking for a place to undergo their medical treatment can go to the genderteam of the AUMC (VUmc) hospital in Amsterdam (children and adults), the genderteam of the UMCG hospital in Groningen (adults) and some specialized psychologists. In addition to what these genderteams and psychologists do, Transvisie offers support and guidance during the transitioning process with self-help groups. Transvisie also looks after the interests of individuals and the collective of transgender people by communicating with doctors, hospitals, care 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 as parents, children, family and relevant others. The diverse groups of Transvisie offer the opportunity to meet each other in a safe environment and encourage acceptation and self-development. Transvisie organises diverse self-help groups and meetings. If you have any questions regarding our groups, you can call the Transvisie information 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, people who do not feel 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 children less then 18 years old with gender dysphoria (parent meetings twice a year, children day up to 12 year twice a year, youth day 12 – 18 year twice a year, family day once a year, location varies)
- (H)erkenning: group for partners, parents and children of transgender people (severals meetings a year, location varies)
- Jongvolwassenengroep: group for transgender people (a mix of transgender men, transgender women, young adults with another gender identity) (monthly in Utrecht and sometimes other locations)
- 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)
- BrabantseWalgroep: group for transgender men, transgender women, people with another gender identity (monthly in Bergen op Zoom)
Please consult our website for actual information, dates, loctions and themes.
An important part of our job is providing information about being transgender and the consequences of this in the lives of people. Transvisie gives information when requested to transgender people and people who are important to them, such as partners, family, children, colleagues, etcetera.
Information subjects include:
- What is gender dysphoria and gender incongruenty?
- What are transgender people?
- Which organisations offer help? What kind of help do they offer?
- Which hospitals offer medical treatment?
- What does Transvisie do?
- What does gender dysphoria mean to the person themselves and the people in their lives?
- Which medical procedures are available?
What else does Transvisie do?
- Advocacy: Transvisie follows the devellopment of the medical treatments available in the Netherlands and the compensations thereof. Our board often meets with hospitals, government, care insurers and other stakeholders. If we find out that something can be improved, we will discuss this.
- Hospital visits: If you get a trans related operation 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 operation went, how the hospital treats you and what you can expect during your recovery.
- Individual conversation: If you have a question and need a longer conversation, you can ask for an individual converstatien. You can meet one of our volunteers and talk with this volunteer for an our or so.
- 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.
Information for refugees and foreigners
We have on this webstie a page for refugees and foreigners, in English. On this page you’ll find some handy information special for transgender asylum seekers and refugees, but also for other foreigners, about the health care situation in the Netherlands in general, for transgender people, for asylum seekers in general and for transgender asylum seekers. Followed by information on activities by Transvisie for trangender asylum seekers and refugees, and activities by other organisations.
- Information office: see contact details
- Adres: Niasstraat 1, 3531 WR Utrecht (on appointment only)
- Website: transvisie.nl
- Facebook: @TransvisieNL