Transgender Network Netherlands
TNN works towards a gender-diverse society, for the emancipation of transgender people and for their well being as well as their relatives’. We consider this mission accomplished when transgender people have become an integral part of society, both as individuals and as a group.
- Good, affordable and easily accesible health care, both medical and psychological, for transgender persons and their relatives. Health care is now centred on transsexuals only and doesn’t extend much beyond medical care (‘the operation’). The waiting list for this kind of care is unacceptably long. The care for non-transsexual transgender persons and their relatives is now virtually non-existent. We aim to change this.
- Changing laws to incorporate the human rights of transgender people. Dutch law still requires transgender persons to undergo gender-confirmation surgery in order to get a legal change of gender. This is not in accordance with the Yogyakarta-principles, which the Dutch government has signed up to. We are pressing to get the law changed.
- Empowerment of transgender people and visibility and understanding of transgenders in society at large. Transgender people face discrimination at work, at school, in the streets, at their sports club and other places. Fear of further discrimination and misunderstanding will often prevent them from filing a complaint. We hope to change attitudes, both among transgender people and society at large, to reduce fear and to fight prejudice.