Project demand in trans care

The Platform Diversity in Sex and Gender has received a grant for a new project. With an interdisciplinary team research will be conducted next year into explanations for the increase in the demand for transgender care. ‘This is not just a medical issue. It is certainly also a social issue.'

On demand by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, ZonMw invited tenders for various projects related to healthcare for transgender persons. In 2022, our research group focuses on providing a scientific explanation for the rise in demand in transgender care. We will take into account societal change, engage with the perspectives of a broad range of transgender persons as well as care practitioners and experts, and pay attention to the role of media.

More information about the project: Looking for an explanation of the increase in transgender care | Radboud Recharge

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Visit the website of our focus group study: My Gender, Whose Care?

Bekijk deze flyer voor meer informatie over alle lopende transgender onderzoeken van ZonMw: Flyer onderzoek transgenderzorg (pdf, 42 kB)

The Team

This project is conducted by our research team, along with members of the platform:

Aafke Uilhoorn (they/them), is a junior reseracher at the platform. They have a background in medicine, Health Humanities and Global Health. They find it important to contribute towards care for marginalised persons and have focused on transgender and genderdiverse persons in the past years. Aafke wrote their master's thesis on binarism in Dutch transgender care and, together with three others, founded the non-profit foundation Treat it Queer ( Within this project, Aafke mainly works on organizing focus groups.

Charlie Loopuijt (they/them) is a junior researcher working for the Project Trans Care on the platform. With a background in Pedagogical Sciences as well as in Sociology, Charlie is an interdisciplinary researcher in the field of queer health. Their work centers itself around marginalized individual’s social identities, especially people with identities that fall outside of binary boxes (e.g. bi+, non-binary, and bicultural people), how this shapes their lives, and how their identities influence well-being. Charlie is engaged in theorizing in “non-binary ways of thinking’’ and what this may mean for how we perceive and navigate the social world. Charlie is keen on thinking outside the binary in all aspects of life.

Ilona Plug (she/her) researches from a linguistic and communication-sciences point of view how traditional and social media report about transgender issues, and to what extent there differences between the media and throughout time.

Marion Wasserbauer (she/her) coordinates this project as a post-doc researcher. Starting from november 2020, she facilitates the practical organisation of the platform, as well as the collaboration with regards to content among the members of the platform and with external partners. Marion finds it important to build a bridge between care and medical sciences, humanities and social sciences, and the lived experience and needs of intersex and transgender persons. Her PhD in Social Sciences (UAntwerp, 2018), investigated the roles of music in LGBTQ lives. The LGBTQI community, diversity in sex, gender and sexuality have formed the main interest in her research and activism since 2013.

Wolter de Boer (he/him) studied clinical psychology and medical anthropology. He works as a junior researcher within the project about the changing demand for transgender healthcare. He tries to relate various studies and theories about gender and transgender healthcare to each other, in order to clarify recent developments in transgender healthcare.