The struggle for trans-liberation
Trans people seeking specialized health care in the Netherlands face waiting lists of up to two years before they can get the care they need. On top of this, in many cases the pandemic has put further delays on treatment. This is exemplary of the callous way state institutions regard and treat trans and gender non-conforming people.
The Netherlands has the reputation of being a tolerant and progressive country, but history proves this reputation wrong. Far-right parties such as the PVV used to use lgbtqia-rights as a justification for the oppression of Muslims, but now blatant bigotry against the queer community has become the norm. And this attitude is not confined to the far-right: research published in April showed that only half of Dutch citizens say they ‘understand’ non-binary gender identities.
Nonetheless, over the last years we have also experienced a huge rise of protests – people fighting for trans rights and connecting this fight to broader struggles such as the need for feminism and antiracism. These movements have put the dominant Dutch homonationalism on the defensive.
Join us for a discussion about questions such as: What do trans and gender non-conforming people face when they medically transition in the Netherlands? How does this relate to other instances of oppression they face? What does the rise of far-right parties mean for trans rights? How do we build movements that struggle against trans oppression? How can we connect struggles in the here and now to the struggle for a world without exploitation and oppression?