ABSTRACT

This chapter analyses the cycle of protest in the Belgian transgender communities, and considers its impact on the well-being of transgender individuals in Belgium today. It discusses how the use of important resources for social movements was shaped by the specific characteristics of transgender organisations in Belgium. Activists in the French-speaking part of Belgium, who regularly organised meetings and offered help for individual transgender people, established their own transgender organisation Trans-Action'. The chapter describes the outcome on the legal, cultural, personal, movement related and political levels. Nonetheless, improving the well-being of trans people seems to be the ultimate goal of the many organisations in Belgium. The chapter talks about the processes of collective action mobilised by the Belgian transgender communities during the parliamentary discussions on the state law on trans-sexuality will be analysed. It focuses on the process of collective action that took place within the Belgian transgender communities during the parliamentary discussions on the law on trans-sexuality.