Trans people's experience of sexuality in the Netherlands: a pilot study

J Homosex. 2014;61(5):654-72. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2014.865482.


This pilot study explores the specificity of 12 Dutch trans people's experience of sexuality in order to provide new hypotheses and perspectives for future research. Emerging themes include the interconnection of sexual development with coming out and transition processes, the way incongruence between gender identity, gendered embodiment, and social perception of gender affected participants' experience of sexuality, and changes in physical sexual functioning after hormone therapy and/or various types of surgery. Our research design allowed for subjective accounts of trans people's experience of sexuality and detailed descriptions of changes in sexuality that occurred over time and throughout the coming out and transitioning processes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Pilot Projects
  • Sex Reassignment Surgery / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Sexuality / psychology
  • Social Perception
  • Transgender Persons / psychology*
  • Young Adult