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 Transgender Europe: Information about Membership
 
 
Transgender Europe has several types of membership. Before filing an online membership application, please read the following.
 
 

Regular (full) membership in Transgender Europe

 
This category of membership is available for individual persons for groups and organisations with trans* members. Individuals and organisations need be located within the geographical confines of Europe.
 
Group members are those organisations which support or give advice (for example, self-help groups), which are charitably or politically active for trans* people. Groups may have other other fields of work, but support for trans* people should be on of the principal activities.
 
Índividual members have active and passive voting rights. Group members nominate representatives to exercise active voting rights.
 
 

Supporting membership in Transgender Europe

Supporting members are those who aid or support the Association through regular or one time substantial contribution, service, interest or engagement.
 
Supporting members have no voting rights
 

 

Annual membership dues

 

                 Individual members

                     
                                  Regular (full) membership                   25 euro
                                                                Supporting membership         at least  25 euro
 
 

                 Group members

            Membership dues for groups depend on the annual budget of the organisation.
 
                                                          under 2000 euro,         2000 to 10.000 euro,         above 10.000 euro
 
                  Full membership                           35 euro                           100 euro                         250 euro
                                    Supporting membership     at least 35 euro                at least 100 euro            at least 250 euro
 

 

Payment should be made to:
 
Transgender Europe
GLS Bank, Postfach 100829, 44708 Bochum, Germany
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
IBAN DE66 4306 0967 1153 7962 00  
 
 

Questions?  membership@tgeu.org 

 

 Application for Group Membership in Transgender Europe

 Application for Individual Membership in Transgender Europe

Calls

 This section provides calls for different actions and events

Call for Candidates for TGEU Co-chairs, Steering Committee and Auditors

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Call for Candidates for TGEU Co-chairs, Steering Committee and Auditors

 

A chance to be part of the organisation leading the work on trans* issues in Europe!

TGEU is looking for candidates for its Steering Committee, for Co-chairs and for Auditors

At the General Assembly to be held on Saturday, May 3rd 2014, the Steering Committee, Co-chairs and Auditors will be elected for the next term (2014-2016). We are looking for candidates who would like to work on the Steering Committee, as Co-Chairs or as Auditors for the period of two years.

The two Co-chairs and the Steering Committee are in charge of the organization's governance between General Assemblies. The Steering Committee drafts TGEU's strategies, sets TGEU's positions, takes the lead on membership communication, organizing biannual Councils, and representing the organization and its positions. The two Co-chairs lead the work of the Steering Committee and act as the highest representatives of TGEU. Part of the Steering Committee forms an Executive Board. It consists of the two Co-chairs and two selected Steering Committee members acting as the Secretary and the Treasurer.

Being part of the Steering Committee is a lot of work but certainly a lot of fun too!

Expectations

TGEU expects a perfect candidate to:

Have at least some experience in working with and for the trans community. Preferably you are a senior activist in your organization, at a national and/or international level,

have at least some experience in governance or the motivation to get familiar with the tasks of a governing body,

be aware of your own time and resources and be ready to dedicate up to 30 to 40 hours per month to TGEU,

be able to work independently in a reliable way and equally well in a team,

be fluent in spoken and written English (does not have to be perfect, but good enough to do all the work in English, the working language of TGEU),

be comfortable with standard internet-based communication (regular online meetings, mailing-lists, emails and document sharing) or present a willingness to learn quickly to work with these tools,

be able to travel abroad occasionally for meetings and conferences (Help with obtaining visas and travel reimbursement will be provided.).

Still excited? Hand in your application today!

Candidates for the Steering Committee of TGEU should send their application to co-chair@tgeu.org by April 1st, including a short letter of motivation (up to 1800 characters) telling us and the General Assembly:

why you want to run for the Steering Committee,

how you think you can contribute to the work of TGEU,

what your background is, especially in trans* activism.

Candidates for one of the two Co-chair positions should notify their candidacy to co-chair@tgeu.org until April 1st, including a short letter of motivation (up to 1800 characters) to tell us:

why you want to run for the position of Co-Chair,

how you think you can contribute to the work of TGEU, and how you envision your role as Co-Chair,

what your background is, including in trans* activism.

All candidates will be presented prior to the General Assembly on TGEU's website and in the Council booklet. If you wish, you can hand in a recent photo of yourself as well. Candidates will have the possibility to present themselves to the membership during the Transgender Council in Budapest a day prior to the elections.

The deadline for receiving nominations is April 1st. Though, applications can still be handed in at the Council itself, we strongly encourage all candidates to meet the set deadline in order to give other TGEU members time to familiarise themselves with the application.

TGEU is looking forward to receiving many qualified applications!

Potential candidates in need of more information can contact the Co-chairs or any other members of the current Steering Committee.

 Are you more into accounting? Then how about becoming an internal auditor?

The two internal auditors of TGEU are responsible for controlling regular business activities and checking the accounts.  

An internal auditor of TGEU is expected to:

be fluent in spoken and written English,

have an understanding of document-sharing software

have solid skills in auditing the accounts and governance of NGOs,

be available for online meetings and email communication occasionally.

be able to prepare, in co-operation with the other Auditor, an annual Auditors' report to be presented to the Steering Committee and subsequently to the General Assembly.

Anyone interested in becoming an Auditor for TGEU should contact the Treasurer: treasurer@tgeu.org

 The division of labor in the Steering Committee

Co-Chairs and the Executive Board:

The Co-Chairs are the highest representatives of TGEU. They appoint the Treasurer and Secretary from the elected members of the Steering Committee. Those four form the Executive Board, the body responsible and legally accountable for the activities of TGEU.

The Executive board is responsible for the finances of the organization. Together with the Executive Director they officially represent the organization.

The Secretary is responsible for the minutes of meetings, following-up on decisions (together with the Co-chairs), administering the membership data (together with the Administration Officer) and general communication with the membership.

The Treasurer is responsible for TGEU's finances. The Treasurer oversees financial planning and accounting with the Executive Director and ensures proper financial procedures are followed.

All members of the Executive Board are members of the Steering Committee. The SC runs the organization and supports the Executive Board in its duties.

For more details please have a look at TGEU’s Statutes.

Call for feedback after the TDoR events

 

Call for contributions after the TDoR events

 

 

 

Transgender Europe would like to thank everyone who took part in our call for remembering those who lost their lives due to violence aimed at their transgenderity. Whether actual or just believed.
 
We received a lot of feedback and info on which countries and cities organized, but we would like more than that. 
 
We want to show the world how Transgender Day of Remembrance brought us all together, how we made this event an actual issue.
 
Send us photos, videos, texts, whatever feels right on how you celebrated this tragic, yet important day.
 
We will gather the materials on our website afterwards.
 
Please send your contributions to wiktor [at] tgeu.org 

 

Call for participants - deadline for applications – 7 October 2011

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Training on strategic litigation

call for applications

As part of its programme of work to encourage the use of strategic litigation to promote LGBTI rights in Europe, ILGA-Europe is holding a one-day training session on litigation in the field of the rights of trans people, in association with Transgender Europe.

The objective of this training is to give participants a basic grounding in:

the general concept of strategic litigation, whether at national or European level; the practicalities of taking cases under the European Convention; the specific ECtHR/CJEU case law principles relevant to taking trans cases the broader advocacy work that may be needed to accompany strategic litigation cases
The intention is that participants are equipped with sufficient knowledge of trans specific strategic litigation to build it into their organisation's advocacy plans, to identify or create situations which could give rise to good cases, and to engage in informed dialogue with their legal advisers.
The training session is targeted at board members, staff or volunteers in LGBTI organisations working on trans rights, who play a leading role in the development of organisational advocacy plans. It is not intended for those acting in an individual capacity, or for those who already have a wide existing knowledge of strategic litigation in this field.
It will take place in Brussels on Saturday 10th December.
 
Profile of participants Participants must be:
Holders of a position of responsibility in an ILGA-Europe or Transgender Europe member organisation Supported in their application by their organisation Willing to act as a promoter of the use of strategic litigation within their organisation, particularly in relation to trans issues Able to communicate effectively in English Able to participate for the full duration of the training session
It will not be possible to accept more than one participant per organisation.
 
Date and Place of the Training Date:  Saturday 10th December 2011 Place:  Brussels
Arrival: Friday 9th December, evening Departure: Sunday 11th December, morning
 
Travel reimbursement Travel costs will be reimbursed by ILGA-Europe following full attendance at the training.  Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements by the cheapest mode of transport available.  Should this exceed €300, confirmation should be sought from ILGA-Europe prior to the booking/purchase of the ticket.
Local travel (buses, trains etc) will be covered through a per diem provided at the training.
 
Meals and accommodation ILGA-Europe will cover the accommodation and meals from the evening of Friday 9th December to breakfast on Sunday 11th December.  Any other costs related to meals and accommodation outside of these times will have to be covered by the participant unless previously agreed by ILGA-Europe.
 
Application process Please complete the attached application form, and return to Nigel Warner, ILGA Europe Council of Europe adviser: nigel@ilga-europe.org. The result of your application will be advised by 12 October 2011
 
Deadline for this application: 7 October 2011
For any questions, please contact Nigel Warner, ILGA-Europe Council of Europe adviser: nigel@ilga-europe.org

 

 

Call for the 4th European Transgender Council

 

Dear Trans* activists, dear friends and allies to the cause.

Transgender Europe is hereby inviting proposals to arrange the 4th European Transgender Council in 2012. Our previous councils have ben taking place in Vienna 2005, Berlin 2008 and in Malmö, Sweden 2010.

TGEU is looking for a group of committed activists to host the next European Transgender Council 2012 in their city somewhere in Europe. So if you do not want to travel to another city for the next council then invite the European Trans* Community to your city instead!! A council with around 200 trans*activists can also be very helpful to raise awareness in your country for trans* issues and your work. We hope to find a local organizing team that will work together with the Steering Committee of TGEU to ensure that the Fourth European Transgender Council takes place and is a great success. Framework: As the local organizing team you should be a group of activists working together with a registered organisation that is supporting trans* human rights. TGEU will only be able to partly fund the cost of arranging the council. This means that an important part of your work will be to apply for and secure the funding of the council. TGEU will work together with the local organising team and lend its support and knowledge in this process. The local organising team will be responsible in securing a location for the council, arranging food for the conference delegates, booking hotel rooms and other logistic aspects such as a cultural program. It is also the local organising team that is responsible to facilitate visa-invitations for those delegates who need this. The Steering Committee ensures composition and quality of the program including the motto of the Council. It does so by cooperating closely with the local organizing team. The local organising committee of the 3rd European Transgender Council in Malmö 2010 has kindly offered to give their support and are willing to share their experiences they gained organising to Malmö council. Judging from the experiences gained in running the previous three European Transgender Councils a good support from and experience in co-operation with the local authorities in your city or country is very beneficial. We found the full support of the local trans-community crucial in order to be able to run the council. Support:

The TGEU Steering Committee will support the local organising team with its own working group. The planning of the 4th European Transgender Council will be a joint undertaking between Transgender Europe and the local organizing team, i.e. fundraising, invitation of the speakers, workshops holders, public relations and other aspects. Formal criteria:

- you have to be a group of at least five people that form the core local organizing team - you need the full support of a registered organization that is based in your city - you have experience in organizing bigger events The 3-day event should take place in 2012, preferably in spring or autumn. Please hand in your application by e-mail no later than the *25th of March 2011* to the address given below. The application should include: - description of your organisation/group (including short CVs of the organizing team) - a motivation letter: why you want to organize the council - preliminary budget of the council, including proposal for where to apply for funding - a contact person and address Contact e-mail: council@tgeu.org If there are further questions to your application you will be contacted within 4 weeks. Applicant groups will be notified by May 10th about the decision of the next council venue. Please do not hesitate to get in contact beforehand if you are insecure whether you fulfil the given criteria or in case of other questions!  We are looking forward to hear from you! Best wishes, The Steering Committee of TGEU

Capacity Building Seminar Host Invitation

 

Transgender Europe (TGEU) is organising a Capacity Building Seminar for trans* activists and organisations across Europe that will take place in September this year.

 

Dear TGEU members and supporters,

Transgender Europe (TGEU) is organising a Capacity Building Seminar for trans* activists and organisations across Europe that will take place in September this year. The event seeks to develop greater capacity and networking within the European trans* movement.

We are asking you to get in touch if your organisation would be interested in hosting this important event, working in partnership with TGEU to ensure the successful planning and organisation of the seminar. The event would take place over 2 days (3 nights), ideally in mid-September, and would have a maximum of 20 attendees, including trainers from TGEU and externally.

Your organisation would be engaged in handling the practicalities and other ‘on the ground’ logistics, such as arranging the venue, meals and accommodation for the attendees. TGEU would lead on developing the content of the seminar and liaise with your organisation for some administrative support in the run up to the event.

This is great opportunity for your organisation to contribute to building a strong trans* movement in Europe and actively support TGEU in working towards this goal. We have seen in previous events that host organisations benefit greatly from positive publicity associated with the event and this has facilitated more fruitful engagement with international and local partners as a result.

The event is financed by the European Commission and generously supported by ILGA-Europe.

We would greatly appreciate if you could advise us of your interest by 22nd March 2011 and very much hope that you will be in a position to come on board!

In solidarity,

TGEU Steering Committee

Please reply to cat@tgeu.org

Fifth European Transgender Council - Call for city host proposals

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This is your chance to invite the European Trans Community to your city!

 

Dear TGEU members, friends and allies to the cause.
This is your chance to invite the European Trans Community to your city!
 
Transgender Europe is looking for a city to hold and a group or organisation of committed activists and allies to organize the next European Transgender Council to be held in 2014.
 
The local organizing team will work together with the Steering Committee of TGEU and its staff to make sure that the 5th European Transgender Council will be as amazing as the previous four Councils.
 
The European Transgender Council is the largest gathering of trans* activists and their friends and allies in Europe. The first Council was held in Vienna, Austria in 2005, the second council in Berlin, Germany 2008 and the third Council took place in Malmö, Sweden in 2010.
 
The fourth European Transgender Council, which many of you might have attended, was held in Dublin, Ireland in September 2012 in co-operation with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). As the previous Councils it attracted the attendance of about 250 trans* and LGBTQI activists and their friends and allies.
The European Transgender Councils are an important meeting place for the trans* communities and local as well as European politicians and decision makers. So hosting the 5th European Transgender Council will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen the dialogue with decision makers and will also be an important tool in your organizations advocacy work. Additionally, there is a lot of work, fun and friendship waiting for the hosts of this amazing event.
 
Framework:
As the local organizing team, you should be a group or a registered organisation. If you are not part of a registered organization you should at least need to co-operate with and have the full support of a registered organization.
Transgender Europe will not be able to cover the costs of the council which means that you need to come up with a viable plan for the funding and be able to plan the anticipated costs of the council such as food, cost of the venue, logistics and similar local costs. Bear in mind that the registration fee needs to be kept at an affordable level and that provisions will be needed for delegates of low income to attend.
 
Transgender Europe will, however, give you technical assistance concerning funders and funding as well as other practical aspects and will take responsibility to secure funding for international scholarships. We will also handle information about the Council and calls for workshops and invitation of guest speakers in co-operation with you as the organizing team.
 
Veterans from the earlier Councils have offered to assist you with advice and information and their experiences. From the experiences gained in running previous Councils, it is a significant advantage if your organization has already established links to the local authorities and has worked with them before. Of importance are good contacts with the Foreign Ministry in order to get support for visas for guests and speakers. Keep in mind that Transgender Europe has over 65 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia and that many of the delegates would need visas for your country or for the Schengen area.
You will also need the full support of the local trans-community especially when it comes down to finding volunteers for the event and it really does pay in the end to start the recruiting process early on as well as to start the process in finding a suitable venue and low cost lodging facilities.
 
Support:
The Steering Committee will support the organising team with its own working group. The development of the contents of the Council, i.e. the invitation of the speakers, workshops holders etc., will be shared between the Steering Committee, TGEU staff and the local organizing group.
 
Formal criteria:
- you have to be a group of at least five people that form the core organizing team
- you need the full support of a registered organization that is based in your city
- you will need to have experience in organizing bigger events
 
The event should take place in 2014, preferably during the first half of the year.
Please hand in your application by e-mail no later than the 20th of May 2013 to the address given below. The application should include:
 
- description of your organisation/group (including short CVs of the core organizing group)
- letter of motivation: why you want to organize the council
- preliminary budget of the council, including ideas where to apply for further funding
 
Contact e-mail: steering[at]tgeu.org
 
Best wishes
 
The Steering Committee of Transgender Europe
  

 

GATE: Call for Action - help change the ICD!

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Help change the upcoming ICD-11!

Global Action for Trans* Equality needs your input!

 

Greetings from GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality! As you may or may not know, the World Health Organization (WHO) has started the process of reviewing the International Classification of Diseases (known as ICD-10), with the goal of publishing a new version, ICD-11 in a few years. Undoubtedly, this is a historical moment for trans* movements worldwide: we have the chance and the challenge of formulating a proposal to send to the WHO working group addressing trans* issues in the context of ICD reform. This proposal should not only remove all pathologizing references (such as “transsexualism”, placed under Mental and Behavioural Disorders and "fetishistic transvestism", placed under Sexual Preference Disorders); it should also grant access to medical procedures and to legal recognition that depend on ICD codes. The proposal must be sent to the WHO working group by mid December 2011. Given the short time to produce it, and the need of having a proposal reflective of the situation of trans* people in as many parts of the world as possible, we have chosen a dual approach. GATE will coordinate the elaboration of a proposal, the first draft of which will be produced by an international group of experts, chosen on the basis of their work on trans* people’s healthcare needs, ICD and healthcare reform processes, human rights mechanisms, psycho-medical issues, legal issues and trans* activism. Our goal is to bring together in a geo-politically and otherwise diverse group, while respecting the limited financial and time resources that we have available. However, broad input from all trans* communities will be necessary to produce the fist draft and to turn it into the final proposal to be submitted to the WHO, recognizing that people working at the national level have the expertise required to effectively connect their own psycho-medical and legal systems with the ICD. Your participation is key! How to participate in this process? - Right now. Please, submit as soon as possible all relevant information on these issues (and others that you could consider appropriate): (1) What kind of diagnostic reference is necessary in your country to have access to surgical, hormonal or other gender affirming procedures? (i.e., “gender identity disorder”); (2) What kind of diagnostic reference is necessary in your country to have access to legal recognition? (i.e., “true transsexualism”); (3) Are there other diagnosis included within the ICD that are used to classify trans* people? How are they applied? If we propose significant changes to the ICD, will that prohibit trans* people from accessing healthcare and legal gender recognition? What kind of changes would be useful in your work? - After the first draft is released. We’ll need you to read it very carefully, to study if the proposal will work in the context of your own health and legal systems and to send us all comments, suggestions and missing information to be incorporated into the final version of the proposal. - After the final version of the proposal is completed. To improve decisively its chances of being included, the proposal will need your group/network/individual endorsement. It will also require all possible other endorsements, especially those coming from academic, professional and governmental institutions. - If the proposal is included into the ICD-11, we all must advocate in favor of the adoption of this new text at the WHO before our governments. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, and/or want to submit information to be included in the proposal, please contact us at icd[at]transactivists.org . Thank you! Let's change our world, together.

 

Invitation to the Third European Transgender Council 30.Sept - 03. Oct 2010 in Malmo, Sweden

3rd European Transgender Council Malmo

 

Embracing Diversity. Stretching Boundaries. Demanding Rights  

Thursday 6pm, 30th September 2010 – Sunday 2pm, 3rd October 2010

 

 
Dear Trans*activists, friends and allies!
 
Since our last Council 2008 in Berlin, significant developments have evolved all over Europe: The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe published his visionary Issue Paper “Human Rights and Gender Identity”; France announced that it would be the first European country to take steps to de-pathologize Gender Identity Disorder - GID; in the mean time Turkish trans people keep on being exposed to a brutal series of hate crimes, with at least 8 murdered in the last few months.
 
The European transgender movement has seen incredible growth and is strongly connected with its international counterparts. It is time, to take stock of recent developments and think together about how to maximize human rights for ALL trans people in Europe. We must make our cause inclusive, to ensure that rights and respect are not given to the few. We must not accidentally or greedily exclude the more invisible members of our community.
So, we are delighted to invite you to the

Third European Transgender Council 2010.

This year’s council will be held in Malmo in Sweden from Thursday evening, September 30th till Sunday afternoon, October 3rd. So save the date and join us in Sweden for the biggest European forum for transgender rights and activism!
This year’s Transgender Council ‘s motto will be  

Embracing Diversity. Stretching Boundaries. Demanding Rights

As previously the third Council will be open to all trans people, including cross dressers, transgender people, transvestite and travestie, transsexual people and LGBTI human rights activists, friends, allies and spouses.
Traditionally the General Assembly of Transgender Europe is held onSaturday afternoon including the election of board and steering committee of TGEU for 2010 – 2012.
 
More information on the program, the conference location, accommodation and scholarships and the like will soon be published on our website www.tgeu.org/council2010 . We will also keep you up to date by e-mail.
 
In the mean time we invite you to get nostalgic about what was best in the councils you have attended, or to give us a new idea about what the European Transgender Council should be about: At www.tgeu.org/council2008 you find impressions from the Council held in Berlin.
 
We are looking forward to see you all in Malmo! (just a 35 minute train journey from Copenhagen Airport)
 
For TGEU and the Swedish organizing team
Stephen, Julia, Ulrika and Maria
 
 
 
Download the invitation

 

go back to the Council main page

 

Membership Consultation on Intersex Issues in TGEU

 

Intersex Consultation

At the 3rd European Transgender Council in Malmoe October 2010 intersex issues were raised several times. The workshop on TGEU strategic organizational development had asked the TGEU Steering Committee to facilitate a process to formulate a position on this. As a first step, the Steering Committee had a first internal discussion on our meeting in Brussels in December 2010.

In April we invited our membership (see below) to take part in a consultation on the issue, however, we did not receive enough feedback to asses our members' approach. Therefore we would like to, again, present you with the issue and ask important questions concerning TGEU's future policies.

If you know of organizations that include intersex people and intersex issues in their services and programs you think we should contact, please do not hesitate to get back Kristian Randjelovic at kris@tgeu.org

 

>>>> Go to the Consultation (external link) <<<<

 

 

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A letter to TGEU members on adopting a position on intersex issues

 

Dear members I am contacting you on behalf of Transgender Europe - TGEU. The mandate of the organization is defined as working for a Europe where gender variant people are respected and valued, a Europe where each and every person can freely choose to live in whichever gender they prefer, without interference At the 3rd European Transgender Council in Malmoe October 2010 intersex issues were raised several times. The workshop on TGEU strategic organizational development had asked the TGEU Steering Committee to facilitate a process to formulate a position on this. As a first step, the Steering Committee had a first internal discussion on our meeting in Brussels in December 2010. As a next step, we would like to invite you to a consultation. Below you will find a set of questions (available for download here) we would kindly ask you to assess and send back to us until May 23rd. This will help us in informing the next steps. As next steps the steering committee will: - review the membership consultation (Summer 2011)  - in the mean time we will consult with allies and associated partner organizations working on intersex issues (Summer 2011) - draft a TGEU paper on intersex issues (Winter 2011/12) - consult with the TGEU membership on this draft (Spring 2012) - TGEU membership adopts a TGEU position on the Council If you know of organizations that include intersex people and intersex issues in their services and programs you think we should contact, please do not hesitate to get back to me. Please send your feedback by the May 23rd to kris [at] tgeu.org Best regards, Kristian Randjelovic Member of TGEU Steering Committee Please download the questions here.

Transgender Capacity Building Seminar in September

Transgender Europe (TGEU) is organising a 2 day Capacity Building Seminar for trans* activists and organisations across Europe hosted by the Scottish Transgender Alliance.

 

 The event seeks to develop greater capacity and networking within the European trans* movement and is intended to promote increased effectiveness and impact of trans* activists at local, national and regional level. The Capacity Building Seminar is financed by the European Commission and generously supported by ILGA-Europe. 

 

View information on practicalities of the seminar.

 

Registration is closed by now, but invitation and registration form can still be accessed.

 

 

 

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volunteering for the 3rd European Transgender Council 2010!

We need you in Malmö!

 Become a volunteer for the 3rd European Transgender Council 2010!
 
As you very well know, it is high time for Transgender Europe’s Council. This year it will be held in Malmö (Sweden) under the theme Embracing Diversity. Stretching Boundaries. Demanding Rights.
Everyone is welcome to join us in the beautiful city of Malmö from Thursday, September 30th in the evening until Sunday, October 3rd in the afternoon!
 
BUT! To make all the practicalities easy, to ensure smooth registration, delicious lunches and breaks, as well as provide assistance of any kind, we will need the invaluable support of volunteers! And this is where we need you! :)
 
If you are interested in joining us in Malmö, meeting hundreds of amazing people working for trans* rights, participating in workshops and creating new networks, you like working with people, and additionally, you would really love to help us make this event run smooth and create an unforgettable atmosphere… you are the one we are looking for!
 
We are looking for volunteers, who would:
-       Take care of registration desk
-       Help out with tea/coffee breaks
-       Provide information to participants
-       Assist workshop leaders
-       Assist participants with finding their way in Malmö
-       Help co-ordinate volunteers
-       Have driving license
-       Have experience with art
-       etc…
Each volunteer will work a few shifts, which will allow them to participate in workshops and take advantage of the multicultural setting.
 
What we can offer you in return is
-       free participation in the Council’s workshops (outside of your shifts) and events
-       meals during your work shifts
-       opportunity to participate in the Council’s party!
-       opportunity of working in multicultural setting
-       opportunity to network with activists from all over Europe and beyond!
If you need accommodation during the duration of the Council, we can assist you in finding an affordable place to stay.
 
If you are interested in joining a creative, professional and devoted team of volunteers, please follow the link to our online registration. Then, we will contact you with more details :)
 
Deadline for applications is 5th September, so hurry up!
 
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Micah at volunteer@[remove-this-text]rfsl.se
Hopefully, we will see you in Malmö!
 
The volunteers Team

 

Groups & Organizations

TGEU Member Groups

Armenia

We for Civil Equality - www.wcfe.am 

Austria

Transmann Austria - transmann.or.at
TransX - transx.at

Belgium

Genres - Pluriels - genrespluriels.be
çavaria - cavaria.be 

Croatia

Trans Aid Croatia

Danmark  

Trans-Danmark - trans-danmark.dk   

Estonia

Gendys  

Finland

DreamwearClub - dreamwearclub.net
Seta - LGBTI Rights in Finland - seta.fi
Trasek ry - trasek.net

France

Association Nationale Transgenre -A.N.T. - ant-france.eu
HES Homosexualités & Socialisme - hes-france.org

Germany

dgti e.V. - dgti.org
HXM Hanse-X-Men - hansexmen.de
TGNB - www.tgnb.de
TransInterQueer e.V. - transinterqueer.org

Greece

Greek Transgender Support Association (G.T.S.A.)

Hungary

Háttér Support Society for LGBT People - hatter.hu
Transvanilla Transgender Association - transvanilla.hu

Iceland

Trans-Iceland

Ireland

Transgender Equality Network Ireland teni.ie  

Italy

MIT - www.mit-italia.it  

Kyrgyzstan

Labrys - www.labrys.kg   

Luxemburg

Intersex & Transgender Luxembourg asbl - tgluxembourg[at]gmail.com

Malta

Malta Gay Rights Movement - maltagayrights.org    

Montenegro

LGBT Forum Progress - lgbtprogres.me

Netherlands

Stichting Transman - transman.nl 
Transgender Netwerk Nederland - transgendernetwerk.nl
Transman.nl - transman.nl 

Norway

LLH llh.no  

Poland

Trans-Fuzja Foundation - transfuzja.org  

Portugal

GRIT - Group of Reflection and Intervention about Transexuality - grit[at]ilga-portugal.pt

Romania

ACCEPT Association accept-mail.ro 
Transgender Support Romania - tgsupport.ro 

Russia

Fund "Transgender" - transgender.ru

Serbia

Trans section in organization Gayten LGBT - transgayten[at]gmail.com

Slovakia

TransFúzia - transfuzia[at]gmail.com

Spain

Conjuntos Difusos 

Sweden

ANSO, Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations - anso.dk
KIM - Kön Identitet Mångfald - kim.nu
RFSL - rfsl.se 
RFSL Malmo Trans Working Group - malmo[at]rfsl.se 
The Trangender Association FPES - fpes.se

Switzerland

Fondation Agnodice - agnodice.ch
Transgender Network Switzerland - transgender-network.ch 
TransPersona - transpersona.ch

Turkey

Black Pink Triangle Izmir Association - siyahpembe.org
Istanbul LGBTT - istanbulgbtt[at]gmail.com
pembe hayat - pembehayat.org 

UK

Press for Change - pfc.org.uk  
Sandyford Transwomen Support Group
Scottish Transgender Alliance - scottishtrans.org
Trans Ressource and Empowerment Centre transcentre.org.uk
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Lithuania: Stop proposed ban on gender reassignment! say Parlamentarians of the Council of Europe

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Council of Europe Parliamentarians say:

Stop proposed Gender Reassignment Ban!

Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe
 
Stop proposed ban on gender reassignment in Lithuania! say members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
 
The written declaration of October 5th 2011 (Doc. 12753) speaks out sharply against the legal proposal proposing to ban gender reassignment in Lithuania. The 30 signees find “this proposal is an egregious attack on the fundamental rights of a highly vulnerable minority, who are in any event at risk of violence and discrimination on a regular basis.” They “call upon the Lithuanian government and members of Lithuania's delegation to the Assembly to work to ensure rejection of this proposal.” TGEU welcomes this declaration by the PACE members.
 
“This proposed ban is outright wrong. It contradicts the human rights of transgender people in Lithuania. Instead, the parliament needs to take immediate steps helping to overcome the isolation and discrimination many transgender persons face in Lithuania.” adds TGEU Central- and Eastern Europe working group coordinator, Wiktor Dynarski.
 
“It is now on members of the Lithuanian parliament to reject the proposed ban on gender reassignment and swiftly develop transparent, quick and accessible procedures for legal gender recognition. After four years, Lithuania finally needs to fulfill its obligations as a member to the EU and the Council of Europe” says TGEU Co-Chair Richard Köhler.
 
Four (!) years after the L vs Lithuania sentence by the European Court on Human Rights no satisfying legislation in this regard has been adopted. Lithuania had lost the case in 2007 on the basis of inconsistent legislation de facto preventing transgender people from having their gender legally recognized. In its decision the Court had requested Lithuania to adopt required subsidiary legislation within three months.”[1]  
 
The Lithuanian Parliament is to discuss the legal proposal in its current session. On March 8th 2011 the chair of the Committee for Health Affairs, Antanas MATULAS, and other introduced an amendment (Nr. XIP-2988) to the Lithuanian Parliament that would a) render gender reassignment illegal in Lithuania and b) require a judicial decision for legal gender recognition upon gender reassignment surgery (GRS) being performed abroad.[2] However, the legal department of the Lithuanian Parliament has reviewed the proposal with a negative answer. The legal draft has not been tabled for discussion in the Parliament yet.
 
Transgender people are protected against discrimination by EU Gender Equality Legislation. Not passing legislation that is fit to allow transgender people to access the job market and goods & services is a breach of the obligations under European Union law.
 
Lithuania’s agreed to the Committee of Ministers for the Recommendation on measures to combat homo- and transphobia (Rec(2010(5)[3]) at the Council of Europe. Accordingly, member states “should take appropriate measures to guarantee the full legal recognition of a person’s gender reassignment in all areas of life, in particular by making possible the change of name and gender in official documents in a quick, transparent and accessible way.” 
 

[1]              case of L. v. LITHUANIA (Application no. 27527/03) 11 September 2007

 

picture sources:  wikipedia and www.ilga-europe.org

 

Local News

 This section provides articles on local in-Europe issues

Albania: House where five transgender people were living set on fire

 On 27 April 2011 five transgender people in Albania were put at risk because the house where they stood was set on fire by unknown persons.

The PINK Embassy - an organization working to protect the rights of LGBT community in Albania - informs on the incident in a press release:The transgender people were housed in an abandoned house in Durres Road, adjacent to the building of the

 

former Yugoslav Embassy in Tirana. Around 4:30 am, they were being alerted by smoke and flames, which had blocked almost all entry-exit points of the house. In the same house lived a Roma family of seven members five of whom were minors.

 

Although fortunately there were no casualties, the transgender community believes that the act of vandalism was committed by a group of homophobes, which should have previously identified their location. The police and firemen arrived on the scene immediately to extinguish the fire and give first aid to the victims. However, the Tirana Police Authority at the time of preparation of this statement had not issued any press release about the event.

 

Hate crimes are severely punished throughout the civilized world and Albania cannot make an exception to this. The event in question shows once again that, while Albania has adopted the Law against Discrimination, the life and dignity of the trans-gender community continues not to be respected and put at risk.

 

The fact that the Transgender community have not been provided, nor by the Municipality of Tirana or by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, with any opportunity for housing, employment and security, indicates that homophobia is rooted in the mentality of governance in Albania. This is unacceptable for us! The life and dignity of every transgender person is equal with that of every Albanian citizen!

 

Taking into consideration this event, we would like to urge the Municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, to react against this act, while provide transgender community in the shortest possible way the completion of their minimum rights for security, housing and food. These rights expect an urgent response thus we expect immediate actions by the Albanian public institutions.

 

Such episodes damage community life in particular and society in general. Human rights are equal for everyone.

 

http://www.pinkembassy.al/en/lgbt-albania

 

Albanian Ombudsman office starts investigation into the police violence against transgender person in Tirana

Albanian Ombudsman office starts investigation into the police violence against transgender person in Tirana

5 September 2011 - The Albanian Ombudsman’s office announced the start of investigations into the latest case of violence used against a member of the transgender community in Albania, Paloma, a couple of weeks ago by members of the State Police.

On 15 August 2011, PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro Albania publicly denounced the brutal violence used against Paloma, in a Park near the Albanian House of Parliament and duly informed the authorities about the situation. While investigating a theft case, the Tirana Police Officers got for questioning a friend of the transgender group, an action which was faced with Paloma’s resistance. This resulted in a then use of disproportionate and violent force by the Police officers against Paloma. On the same day Paloma was accompanied by the Police to the Emergency Health Services of the Tirana Hospital (QSUT) to be checked for internal injuries. Paloma was released later that day. The Police Authority of Tirana never pressed any charges against her.

After the fast and string reaction of PINK Embassy / LGBT PRO Albania the Ombudsman Office gave a positive answer to our request for the start of an immediate investigation into the case for putting in front of legal responsibility all the people in uniform involved in such an act of violence.

PINK Embassy has provided the Ombudsman’s Office all materials that will enable them to properly investigate the case. 

PINK Embassy

German Constitutional Court declares compulsory surgeries unconstitutional

TGEU welcomes decision by German Constitutional Court: other countries ought to ban sterilization requirement as not constitutional  

January 28th 2011

The German Constitutional Court has announced in a press release [1]  today that the requirement to undergo sterilization or gender reconstruction surgery is not constitutional. The decision has immediate effect.The plaintiff, a 62 year old transsexual woman, had acquired the so-called “small solution” with a name change, but not altered the civil status due to the requirement to undergo sterilization surgery. With a still “male” civil status she and her female partner had been denied the right to enter a registered same-sex partnership. If forced to marry, so plaintiff, they are recognizable as a partnership with at least one transsexual spouse – a live free from discrimination made impossible. The First Division of the Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the standardized conditions for legal gender recognition of transsexuals to enter into a partnership are not compatible with the right to sexual self-determination, physical integrity and privacy. "A reform of the German Gender Recognition Act (Transsexuellengesetz) is more than overdue." says Max Schulze board member of the Berlin-based organization TransInterQueer, " we demand from the Federal Government and the Parliament to show quick and consistent action now." TGEU welcomes the decision by the German Constitutional Court. A majority of countries in Europe have similar requirements violating the human rights of transgender people. The Council of Europe has already indicated that this is a matter of concern. Thus, the Committee of Ministers had stated that ‘prior requirements, including changes of a physical nature, for legal recognition of a gender reassignment, should be regularly reviewed in order to remove abusive requirements.’[2]  In line with previous decisions from the German Constitutional Court on the German Transsexual Law and in combination with similar verdicts of the Austrian High Administrative Court TGEU is positive that this will send a strong signal to other countries to review their gender recognition legislation. “The margin of appreciation for requirements for gender recognition, as granted by the European Court of Human Rights, has its limits. The decision of the German court states clearly that human rights of transgender persons are jeopardized with a legal requirement for sterility or compulsory sex reassignment surgery, still practiced in many countries in Europe. When the Committee of Ministers recommendation will be up for review in two years, we want to see Germany and many other countries to have their legislation in line with international human rights law.” says Richard Köhler, co-chair of Transgender Europe.  

ENDS

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tgeu@tgeu.org

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[2] Council of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2010)5 on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

 

 

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Greece is lying about gender identity legislation. Greece's political fraud.

We wish to strongly denounce the Greek Representatives to the UN for spreading unabashed lies and for political fraud, because the legislation in Greece makes absolutely no provision for discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.

Greek Transgendered Support Association Press Release

 

The Greek Transgendered Support Association (TGSA) with this press release denounces the Greek delegation to the United Nations, which, by means of its permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Giorgos Kaklikis reported that:

“As about discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Greece has strong anti-discrimination legislation, which prohibits, among others, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to that, the Greek government, is presently investigating the subject of recognition of same sex couples. I would like to emphasize that we fully support your efforts in this field and we urge you to continue the work that you do in that direction”. 

These, among others, where the words of the Greek ambassador to the UN, Mr Kaklikis in the 19th Assembly of the Human Rights Council, addressing the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (video of the ambassador's speech can be found in the following url: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2012/03/greece-item-2-13th-meeting-19th-session-human-rights-council.html). 

We wish to strongly denounce the Greek Representatives to the UN for spreading unabashed lies and for political fraud, because the legislation in Greece makes absolutely no provision for discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.

We wish to denounce the state for its stance in the matter of gender identity and anti-discrimination legislation. Despite the continuous encouragement of the Greek Transgendered Support Association and other local organizations, despite the continuous encouragement of the European Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, for the inclusion of gender identity in anti-discrimination legislation, and also the legislation against the dissemination of hate speech and hate crime, the Greek state has taken absolutely no steps towards that direction.

Instead, the Greek state through its Representative in the United Nations is lying in a provocative manner, commits political fraud against its international partners and in essence is mocking its citizens.

The Greek Transgendered Support Association (TGSA) will continue with all its resources the interventions towards all the Parliamentary Parties and bodies in Greece but also all international organizations, for the inclusion of gender identity in the anti-discrimination legislation but also the legislation against the dissemination of hate speech and hate crimes, as well as towards the recognition of gender identity.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

http://www.transgender-association.gr/

transgender.support.association@gmail.com

 

Ireland welcomes Equality Tribunal Decision on Transgender Case

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) welcomes the Equality Tribunal’s decision in the Louise Hannon case to extend protections to transgender people.

TENI Chairperson, Martine Cuypers said: “This is a significant step for transgender equality in Ireland. An important precedent has been set in recognising the inclusion of transgender people under the gender ground of equality legislation.

“We also congratulate Louise Hannon on winning this landmark case following her four-year legal battle. Ms. Hannon’s case highlights that transgender people regularly experience discrimination in the workplace as well as challenges in accessing and retaining employment.

“TENI urgently calls on the government to fulfil its commitment to extend the protections of the equality legislation to transgender people through the explicit inclusion of ‘Gender Identity and Gender Expression’ as protections under the gender ground,” she said.

Gender Recognition Legislation urgently required

 

TENI urges the government to introduce comprehensive Gender Recognition Legislation for Ireland. Gender Recognition Legislation is promised in the Programme for Government and a working group is due to provide recommendations to the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton shortly.

“This case highlights the importance of a proper legislative framework for gender recognition and we urge Minister Burton to move forward with drafting and enacting this legislation as quickly as possible,” Ms. Cuypers added.

TENI was established in 2005 and represents Ireland’s transgender community. TENI provides support services for transgender people across the country. At present TENI facilitates six support groups across the country in Cavan, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. A further service is opening in Sligo shortly. 300 people accessed TENI’s support services in 2010.

Further Information

Martine Cuypers, Chairperson, TENI: (01) 873 3575 / (087) 135 9816.  

Irish Government Gender Recognition Advisory Group Report – A Missed Opportunity

Irish Government Gender Recognition Advisory Group Report – A Missed Opportunity

TGEU Press Release | 15th July 2011

 
Today, Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD launched the report of the Gender Recognition Advisory Group (GRAG), an interdepartmental committee established to advise the Minister on recommendations for proposed gender recognition legislation.
 
While the report’s long-awaited publication is to be welcomed, TGEU has grave concerns that the proposals have not adopted the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights’ recommendations regarding legal gender recognition. The GRAG recommendations are not reflective of a human rights-based approach or the lived experience of many trans people.
 
Key areas of concern include:
Recommendation that a trans person in an existing valid marriage or civil partnership must obtain a divorce or dissolution of the partnership in order to have their gender legally recognised. This requirement contradicts the Irish State’s constitutional obligation to protect marriage, and by requiring divorce, creates further obstacles to many couples in Ireland who wish to remain together. This morning, GRAG Chairperson Oliver Ryan admitted that the proposal left couples in “a practically impossible position”.
Requirement that a trans person must live in their preferred gender for a minimum of 2 years (Real Life Test) without legal recognition or protection in order to obtain recognition. This requirement would cause unnecessary distress and anxiety for many trans people.
Medical Criteria:
Requirement of a diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder in addition to relevant supporting medical evidence, or
Medical evidence that the applicant has undergone gender reassignment surgery, or
Evidence of the recognition of changed gender in another jurisdiction. The proposed medical criteria are problematic as they will exclude many trans people and discourage many more from seeking legal recognition.
Although Minister Burton reaffirmed her commitment to ensure ongoing engagement and dialogue on the proposed legislation, many trans people in Ireland expressed frustration and anger with the recommendations contained in the GRAG report. Cat McIlroy, Steering Committee member of TGEU, who was present at the launch, stated “Ireland has the opportunity to lead Europe in enacting progressive gender recognition legislation, today it seems that this opportunity has been missed”.
The GRAG Report can be accessed at:
For further information, please contact: Cat McIlroy + 353 87 766 1770
ENDS

 

 

Italian court says sterilisation is not mandatory for gender reassignment

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Italian court says sterilisation is not mandatory for gender reassignment

Wed, 2011-07-06 11:16 by Alexander Schuster
 
Rome, 6 July 2011 – The Court of first instance of Rome decided to reaffirm a, isolated precedent of 1997 and stated that sterilisation is not to be understood as a mandatory requirement for gender reassignment. This decision will hopefully change the prevailing interpretation of the law in the country.
 
The Tribunal of Rome decided on 11 March 2011 [judgement on EJ database] to grant gender reassignment in a case where the applicant eventually decided not to undergo gender reassignment surgery and referred to a previous decision of 1997 by the same court.
A judicial procedure for reassignment is required by the 1982 law. The law is widely constructed as requiring sterilisation. The decision is of the greatest importance as it comes from a court that is perhaps the one dealing with the highest number of applications for gender reassignment in Italy. Rome hosts the SAIFIP, a medical centre specialized in gender identity issues and a leading institution in Italy.
The decision is definitive and cannot be appealed.
 
The Equal Jus Project has selected this leading decision for translation into English. It will be published shortly online.

 

 

This article was taken from www.equal-jus.eu

PINK EMBASSY WINS THE CASE AGAINST THE MEMBER OF THE ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT

The Commissioner for Protection against Discrimination recommends to the Albanian Parliamentarian to avoid discriminatory language and statements against the LGBT community in Albania.

 

In a landmark case the Commissioner against Discrimination in Albania has asked a member of the Parliament to avoid discriminatory language and statements against the LGBT community.
 
The complaint was brought forward by PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania and Alliance against Discrimination to the Commissioner for protection against Discrimination. The lately reacted with a letter of recommendation sent to Mr. Tritan Shehu, Member of Albanian Parliament and vice-chairman of the Commission for Labor, Social Issues and Health.
 
On December 2010, PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania filed a complaint to the Commissioner against Discrimination, whereupon it asked measures to be taken towards Mr. Tritan Shehu, who at a hearing session of the Commission for Labor, Social Issues and Health at the Parliament during the International Day Against HIV/AIDS declared that homosexuality is a disease and it should be treated with hormones.
 
The same Commission did not take into consideration the official request of PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania to organise a hearing session for the LGBT people living with HIV/AIDS, but contrary to that it conducting a meeting in secret and without notifying any of the organisations who requested it.
 
After our complaint, the Commissioner for Protection against Discrimination, took into consideration the case and followed the necessary procedures. On September 30th 2011 the Office of the Commissioner sent a Recommendation Letter to Mr. Tritan Shehu recommending him with the following:
 
-          Mr. Shehu should avoid discriminatory remarks in the future, which cause an atmosphere of tension and unfriendliness towards the LGBT community in Albania . (In this regard we inform Mr. Shehu that homosexuality has been excluded from the International Classification of Diseases and should not be treated as such.)
 
-          Granting all possible guaranties so that the thoughts, opinions and remarks of the LGBT community are heard, evaluated and taken into consideration, when they are directly involved on specific topics, in order to help the community to enjoy fully its rights and freedoms.
 
PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania wants to thank the institution of the Commissioner for Protection against Discrimination for the collaboration and the positive conclusion on this specific case while it encourages the Commissioner to continue with its work for protection of citizens against any forms of discrimination.
 
PINK EMBASSY
Tirana / Albania

 

Portugal adopts Trans law - 8 days for Legal Gender Recognition

Congratulations, Portugal! It is a Trans law!

After the president had vetoed the parliament's decision las year, he now signed the law coming into force on March 15th. Thus, Portugal has finally a law regulating the legal gender recognition. It is filling a legal gap human rights activists have been pointing out for a long time. With the new law, the preferred gender can be obtained using a standardized administrative procedure within 8 days. Besides the application a certificate from a medical multi-disciplinary team is necessary to fullfil the pre-conditions. The procedure is only open to individuals of Portuguese nationality and above 18 years of age.

TGEU welcomes this legislative step as it ends a long period of legal uncertainty for trans people in Portugal. Portugal joins also the progessive club of Spain and the Uk, the only countries in the European Union, where sterilisation is not mandatory in legal gender recognition legislation. It sends also an important signal to other states in Europe to reconsider  pre-conditions and remove abusive elements ub gender recognition legislation as recommended by the Council of Ministers in 2010.

"The right to documents corresponding to the identity of a person is a basic citizen right. We congratulate ILGA Portugal and other human rights activists in Portugal to this success." says Richard Köhler, Co-chair of Transgender Europe.

With regard to the economic crisis, those suffering diametral from discrimination and social exclusionneed special  attention.

Köhler comments further "We are confident that this law improves the lifes of trans people in Portugal significantly. After clarifying this aspects, other questions need to be tackled as well. Access to adequate health care and the job market as well as guaranteeing a life free from discrimination now need to be prioritized for both trans citizens and residents of Portugal."

Portugal had gained sad prominence when Gisberta was brutally murdered in 2006 and only upon local and international pressure the purpetrators were brought to justice.

The legislative process was initiated by Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, who had visited Portugal earlier in 2010.

The text of the law can be found here: http://dre.pt/pdf1sdip/2011/03/05200/0145001451.pdf

 

 

Study on the situation of trans people at the job market in the Netherlands and Flanders

Transgender at Work TRANSGENDERS EN WERK Een onderzoek naar de arbeidssituatie van transgenders in Nederland en Vlaanderen Utrecht, mei 2010 Auteur: Paul Vennix www.rutgersnissogroep.nl

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Summary

In this study the employment situation of Dutch and Flemish transgender employees has been mapped out and the circumstances influencing their situation. Unemployed transgenders have also participated in this study, and have given insight into the problems they experience with being transgenders when trying to find work. Participants of this survey have mainly been approached through the websites of transgender interest groups in the Netherlands and Flanders. We put a comprehensive questionnaire on the Internet, which was answered by 386 transgenders. The transgenders who responded are not representative for the entire transgender population. The survey distinguishes between MtFs (transgender females born male) and FtMs (transgender males born female). A further distinction is made between non-ops (transgenders who do not proceed with Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS)), pre-ops (those who have applied for SRS) and post-ops (those who have had surgery). FtMs are underrepresented in this study. Consequently, certain aspects of the employment situation of FtM non-ops, pre-ops and post-ops were impossible to compare. Moreover, too few unemployed FtMs participated in the survey to describe their circumstances. Unemployed MtFs (but very likely FtMs as well) are often rejected when applying for a job because of their transgender background, and face great difficulties finding jobs in which their transgender background is accepted. Reintegration bureaus and departments are rarely well-adjusted to the personal situation of unemployed transgenders. Having a transgender background is a career barrier both for the unemployed and the employed. Being unable to be oneself, discrimination and lack of acceptance from colleagues play important roles. Consequently, transgenders are underrepresented in important positions. Transgenders hardly dare come out at work. This goes especially for non-ops, since they do not know whether their managers are going to support their coming out.7 They fear being bullied by their colleagues. Eventually, in the event of having chosen for SRS (pre-ops), coming out is inevitable. Even then a number of pre-ops postpones their coming out till the very limit. However, pre-ops, who admit to wanting Sex Reassignment Surgery, are usually supported by their management. Generally, a majority of their colleagues accept their decision to have surgery. In spite of all this, as the National Enquiry into Employment Circumstances 20068 shows, transgenders (non-ops, pre-ops and post-ops) are confronted with annoying behaviour of colleagues much more often than others. MtFs are even more troubled by this than FtMs. Gender crossing expressions by men (make-up, women’s clothes, girl’s names etcetera) are hardly ever accepted at work, though women are also expected to conform to the current gender rules. This renders it impossible for transgenders to show themselves at work as they really are. Male colleagues’ attitudes are more deprecative towards transgenders than those of female colleagues. Therefore, FtM pre-ops have more difficulty in being accepted as men into the men’s world at work. MtF are more easily admitted into the women’s community Few transgenders fit into the box ‘male’ or ‘female’. Gender dichotomy and organisational (and cultural) policies often lead to mental problems, because people can not sufficiently be themselves. MtFs often find themselves in male dominated jobs because of a ‘male’ career choice, in which they do not feel comfortable. This also leads to psychological problems. Diversity management contributes to a large degree to a positive job experience and a good workrelation with colleagues and superiors. Diversity management promotes transgenders’ open attitude at work. In order to improve transgenders’ position (at work) policies specifically directed to their employment situation are needed, as well as a general organisation policy. The Yogyakarta-principles9 are an important guideline in this. Additionally, the memorandum on the Emancipation policy of Lesbians and Gays 2008-201110 needs to be readjusted, since it hardly pays any attention to transgenders. The male-female dichotomy needs to be broken apart not only in legislation and abolition of sex registration, but by granting partial sex reassignment surgery in the Netherlands in accordance with international guidelines11. Simultaneously, transgenders’s image needs to be improved by means of education and information (with special focus on gender diversity). Transgenders as a target group need explicitly to come under the Equal Rights Act. Equality and antidiscrimination policy will only then be directed to transgenders as well. Moreover, both in diversity management and in the Collective Labour Agreements special attention should be paid to transgenders. Labour reintegration offices and labour advice bureaus should be better equipped (and have more know-how) to be of service to transgenders.

Towards simplified regulations in France

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Bill submitted by French socialist MPs: towards a simplified gender recognition 

Socialist MP Michèle Delaunay and the whole socialist parliamentary group submitted on December 22nd 2011 a bill that aims at simplifying legal gender recognition for transgender citizens. It concludes three years long endeavors of a parliamentary working group lead by Michèle Delaunay with the expertise of HES activists (Homosexualités & Socialisme) This bill has following objectives : - to  equalize court judgment outputs about legal gender change in civil status, stopping the obligation to prove that the undergone physical transformation is irreversible. The Ministry of Justice issued a circular letter on May 14th 2010 towards prosecuting attorneys, requesting to stop demands of medical examinations. It didn't change judge behaviors still seeking the irreversible criteria. - to simplify the legal proceeding enabling gender change in civil status, aiming at, according Michèle Delaunay's own words,  cancelling its traumatic and barbarian nature. The proposed proceeding recognizes the individual’s  preferred gender identity, without any prior obligation to undergo sterilisation or other medical procedures such as sex reassignment surgery and hormonal therapy, and therefore comply with the resolution 1728 ( article 16.11.2) voted on April 29th 2010 by the Parliament Assembly of Council of Europe. The proceeding give back full dignity to transgender persons. Once for all gender change in civil status and transgender health are de-correlated.  The bill has been translated in English and can be found here. Yet,  transgender health and related standards of care are still an open issue in France, left abandoned by current government. HES still demands that a comprehensive reform including standards of care, care structure, and insurance coverage shall comply with the principle of free choice of  its own practitioner, and with a true respect of transgender needs diversity. This submitted bill will not be proposed for a vote since current parliamentary political orientation can't allow it. French presidential election is coming soon in early 2012 and makes hope for a new political distribution in the Parliament two months later. This bill will be the only reference in matter of gender change in civil status. HES and LGBT NGOs will make sure that candidates' promise towards transgender rights takes benefit from this submitted bill and comes true as soon as possible . *** Contacts : Gilles Bon-Maury, président d'HES, gilles.bon-maury@hes-france.org, tél. +33 6 61 53 19 39 ; Laura Leprince, déléguée chargée des questions d'identité de genre, laura.leprince@hes-france.org, tél. +33 6 85 88 58 11. http://www.hes-france.org/

Trans Woman Murdered in Istanbul

Didem
Didem - source:www.radikal.com.tr

Transphobic murder in Istanbul

"I thought that she was a woman, but she was a travesti. After learning this, I killed her."

With great sadness and anger have we learned that yet another trans woman has been killed in Turkey on 31st of July 2011. This is the info received today from TGEU member organisation Pembe Hayat:

dear friends, as regards to the murder of didem, today we have more information. the murderer is a 26 years old man, who met with didem on facebook and agreed to have sex by paying her - didem is a sex worker. interestingly, the murderer is a fugitive soldier, named o.f.k. he was caught by the police just after the murder after the high level of noise coming from the victim. he confessed to the police, "i thought that she was a woman, but she was a travesti. after learning this, i killed her." tomorrow, we will have a silent protest in front of the apartment of didem together with the trans community in istanbul at around 18.00 p.m. in findikzade district of istanbul. here is the link, where you can find the video taken just after the murder, where you can see the murderer and the trans friends of didem. http://www.oynat.tv/facebookta-tanistigi-travestiyi-oldurdu

 

Our thoughts go out to Didem's close ones and the Trans and sex worker communities in Turkey.

These transphobic murders and attacks have to stop! Impunity for transphobic murders and attacks needs to be ended now!  

Transgender Hearing in the Danish Parliament

Monday 14th March 2011 was a day to remember for Danish trans activism. 

For the first time ever a hearing was held in Christiansborg with the focus on healthcare, social policy and human rights for transgender people.

The day was in every respect a huge success. There were a number of speeches that highlighted the situation. Among those participating, Karin Astrup and Maria Sundin spoke on the dilemma whether transsexual people are sick versus the requirement to have Sex Reassignment Surgeries paid by public funds.

Pia Nielsen spoke about the TVT project and the Hammarberg report. Denmark is among the countries in Europe that hardly complies with Mr. Hammarberg’s recommendations for Human Rights for transgender people

100 people participated and consisted of politicians, specialist from various authorities and transgender people.

It was notable that a number of various media also participated - Danish Television (DR), Ritzaus Bureau, Berlingske Tidende (one of the largest newspapers in Denmark), Modkraft (LGBT newspaper) and other journalists.

The main organiser of the hearing, Irene Haffner, was interviewed by the main TV channel in Denmark in Prime Time and I was myself interviewed by 2 radio channels

That has led to a number of articles in various newspapers and on some websites. One is the following (in Danish):

avisen.dk/i-dag-indtager-transerne-christiansborg_143248.aspx

Pia Nielsen

Transphobic Police violence in Tirana, Albania

Logo Pink Embassy

 
Call for urgent investigation on the latest case of extreme violence used by the police against a transgender woman in Tirana

 

PRESS RELEASE
(for immediate distribution)
 by Pink Embassy
 
Call for urgent investigation on the latest case of extreme violence used by the police against a transgender woman in Tirana
 
Tirana, August 15, 2011
 
PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania, an organisation that works for the protection of LGBT community in Albania, wishes to express its deep concerns for the latest case of extreme violence used against a member of the transgender community in Tirana, Albania.
 
On August 14, 2011 around 16:00 members of the State Police, accompanied by a private citizen, where investigating the theft of a necklace at the park near the Albanian Parliament. Amongst the people they were interviewing for the case was also a young man, who is friends with the transgender group, which lives by this park. When the police tried to detain the young man, they faced resistance by one of the transgender people called Paloma.
 
The reaction of the Police towards Paloma was extremely violent, crossing all boundaries of its lawful use. A group of six police officers, one of them a woman, used totally unjustified violence which based on international acts ratified by Albania, could be classified as degrading punishment and torture.
 
Afterwards, Paloma was taken in custody at the Tirana Police Authority, where violence against her continued until she was totally covered in blood and had fainted. To avoid any bruises on the head and face, she was forced to wear a helmet, while kicking and punching continued all over her body. PINK Embassy / LGBT PRO Albania are in possession of pictures that show scars and bruises on her body. The Police took Paloma at Mother Teresa National Hospital (QSUT), where she received immediate aid and was then taken back to the police headquarters of Tirana.
 
Throughout the entire detention, Paloma was not offered any legal assistance and was asked to sign documents without her consent. Paloma cannot read or write.
 
PINK Embassy calls on the Ministry of Interior and Albanian People’s Advocate to start an immediate investigation on the case and to bring to justice all the people in uniform who were involved in the torturing for endless hours a transgender person, putting her life in absolute danger.
 
For years, the transgender community in Albania has suffered from marginalization and social exclusion. The community lacks support from Tirana Municipality and central government institutions. It is not the first time that PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania publicly denounces the violence and maltreatment of transgender people in Tirana by the Police. Even though during the last months there has been an improvement in the way transgender people were being treated by the Police, the latest case shows that they further need to improve their professionalism and work behavior.
 
ENDS
 
PINK EMBASSY
www.pinkembassy.al

 

 

Urkaine: homophobic bill comes forward

Ukrainian Parliament adopts homo- and transphobic law in 1st reading

Ukrainian LGBT activist attacked (summer 2012) Source:http://theseattlelesbian.com

Ukraine: homo- and transphobic law underway

 

The Ukrainian Parliament has adopted on 2nd Oct in 1st reading legal proposal bill # 8711. Once adopted the law  prohibits any public dissemination of information relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a serious infringement on the right to information and renders the work of civil society organizations in these areas illegal.

Transgender Euroep - TGEU is very concerned about these developments and has asked prime Minsiter Azarov, President Yanukovich and Minister for Foreign Affairs Gryshchenko to stop this dangerous development that is playing with populist sentiments.

Read the letter TGEU sent to Prime Minister Azarov here.

Read more about the information on the legal proposal on the website of TGEU member organisation NGO "Insight".

sorry, no surgeries available. Malta continous breach of human rights

Malta picture Valetta -City from Gentlemen for Gentlemen

health care not a gentleman's issue?

source: océan leroy

No surgeries available.

Malta continues to breach Human Rights of transgender people

 

 

 

Health Minister says there are no surgery facilities or health care coverage in the country. This is depsite the fact tha Maltese legislation requires sterility and heavy invasive surgery in order to change gender markers.
 
Malta is in constant breach of human rights of trans people. The Maltese Health Minister Joseph Cassar confirmed on a parliamentary question that facilities for gender confirming surgeries are not available in Malta. He did not comment on the question whether treatment (abroad) would be included in public health care schemes.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that countries have the positive obligation to enable gender reassignment surgeries (L v Lithuania) and to include trans health care in their insurance plans (Kück v Germany).

 “The case law of the European Court of Human Rights clearly requires states not only to provide for the possibility to undergo surgery leading to full gender-reassignment, but also that insurance plans should cover ‘‘medically necessary’’ treatment in general, which gender reassignment surgery is part of.” says the Commissioner for Human Rights in his issue paperHuman Rights and Gender identity”.

Malta needs to pro-actively look into the issues transgender people are facing such as lack of legal gender recognition, access to health care, ability to marry.
Just for changing the name, Malta requires its transgender citizens to psychotherapeutic treatment, evaluation by a qualified mental health professional, real life test, confirmation of outer appearance, hormonal treatment, sex reassignment surgery (SRS), permanent infertility. All of these requirements are in breach of the Yogyakarta principles. The Committee of Ministers stated that prior requirements, including changes of a physical nature, should be regularly reviewed for legal recognition of a gender reassignment, in order to remove abusive requirements. A legislative project to introduce the Gender Identity Bill as proposed by MP Evarista Bartolo and MGRM, the Malta LGBT Organisation, is more than over-due.
 
Malta is also breaching ECHR case-law regarding the right to marry as a pending case shows. A transsexual woman is currently denied marriage of either sex as the Public Registrar has successfully argued in Court that as a result of gender reassignment, she is neither fully a woman nor a man in spite of existing ECtHR case-law. The case is not in front of the Maltese Constitutional Court.
 
TGEU urges Malta to end its head-in-the-sand-policies and recognize its responsibility to enable its transgender citizens and residents a life in dignity free from discrimination. Malta is no island -it needs to implement quickly the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights just as any other member state of the Council of Europe, too. This means first of all adopting a new gender recognition legislation and respect the right to marry and coverage of costs for gender reassignment treatment.

 

Read more on the situation of trans people in Malta here.

 

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TGEU Newsletter issues

TGEU Newsletter 1st issue

 

 

TGEU eNews

April 14th, 2011


Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

A Message from the Steering Committee

 

Welcome to the TGEU eNewsletter designed to keep our members and supporters up to date with the latest European trans* actions and happenings. It’s only a couple of months since the 3rd European Transgender Council in Malmo, Sweden, and already the host organization for our trans* capacity building event has been chosen!

Intersex issues in TGEU

The Steering Committee is working on a process to draft an intersex policy for TGEU. We would like you to send us feedback on how you see TGEU’s involvement in intersex issues: What do you think would be the best approach to engage and include intersex persons and/or organisations in our work?

Read more...

 

What’s happening with TGEU?

Of all organizations interested in hosting the trans* capacity building event, Scottish Transgender Alliance has been chosen. See you in Edinburgh this year!

More info coming soon


 

 

World News

The US-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and The National Center for Transgender Equality have released a sobering report on discrimination faced by transgender Americans with input from 6,450 participants.

Read more...

 

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TGEU Newsletter 2nd issue

 

TGEU eNews

5 July 2011


Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

A Message from the Steering Committee

 

What’s happening with TGEU?

TGEU Co-Chairs at the launch of the report Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe in Strasbourg

It's been a very busy few months for trans* activism at the European level.

Read more...

TGEU participated in a meeting on violence against women, its causes and consequences on 17 June in Brussels. The meeting was organised on the occasion of the vist of Ms. Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

Read more...

Transgender Rights in Central and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union (CEE/fSU) Bucharest, 24-25 June 2011 Interights, in conjunction with ACCEPT, organised a Workshop on Transgender Rights in Central and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union (CEE/fSU).

Read more...

TGEU was at the launch of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights report, Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe, in Strasbourg on 23 June.

Read more

Read the report

 

 

Transgender Capacity Building Seminar in September Transgender Europe (TGEU) is organising a 2 day Capacity Building Seminar for trans* activists and organisations across Europe hosted by the Scottish Transgender Alliance. The event seeks to develop greater capacity and networking within the European trans* movement and is intended to promote increased effectiveness and impact of trans* activists at local, national and regional level. The Capacity Building Seminar is financed by the European Commission and generously supported by ILGA-Europe.

 

Please see the invitation and registration form

More info

 

TENI to host 4th Council in Dublin We are thrilled to announce that Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has been selected to host the 4th European Transgender Council in Dublin in 2012, the largest gathering of trans* activists in Europe. TENI Director Broden Giambrone said, "Hosting the Council and working closely with TGEU will provide us a unique opportunity to significantly raise the profile and visibility of trans rights in Ireland and beyond...It is our hope that by the opening of the Council, we will all be celebrating the introduction of gender recognition in Ireland".

 

 

Historic Decision at the United Nations includes trans people: Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity on 17 June 2011 in Geneva. The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the world, was passed by a vote of 23 in favour, 19 against, and 3 abstentions. Transgender Europe, GATE and the STP 2012 campaign lobbied for trans people to be included in this historic resolution. Carla LaGata, who represented Transgender Europe in the lobbying group, states "It is historical that gender identity is included in an UNHRC resolution. Its relevance for the developing global trans movement cannot be underestimated. It will also have an impact on Europe, where trans people are still affected by significant human rights breaches on a daily basis."

 

Read the joint resolution of the UN lobbying groups and PR

 

 

Transgender Hearing in the Danish Parliament

Monday 14 March 2011 was a day to remember for Danish trans activism. For the first time ever a hearing was held in Christiansborg with the focus on healthcare, social policy and human rights for transgender people.

Read more...

 

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European network of trans* and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals. The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans* movement and to be a powerful lobby and advocacy organisation for trans* rights in Europe and beyond.

 

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TGEU Newsletter 3rd issue

  TGEU eNews

19 October 2011


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What’s happening with TGEU?

Participants of the TGEU Capacity Building Seminar, Edinburgh

Transgender Capacity Building Seminar

The TGEU Steering Committee is proud to announce that TGEU has been awarded two substantial grants, one from Open Society Foundations and the other from the Government of The Netherlands, securing much-needed support for our operational activities.

Read more...

...And Others! Toolkit Launched

After two years, the pioneer project “...and others!  Argumentation Training for Transgender Inclusion in Europe” ended with the presentation of the activist toolkit in Edinburgh on 10 September.

Read more...  

Intersex Forum

TGEU greatly welcomed the world's 1st International Intersex Organising Forum which took place in Brussels on 3-5 September 2011. The Forum was facilitated and sponsored by ILGA and ILGA-Europe. TGEU looks forward to working with our partners from the intersex movement in future collaboration.

Help TGEU draft its intersex policy! All TGEU member organizations are invited to participate in theTGEU Consultation on Intersex issues. Strategic Litigation

ILGA-Europe is holding a one-day training session on litigation in the field of the rights of trans people, in association with Transgender Europe.

Further info

 

TGEU's Major New Funders

 

 

TGEU and the Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) hosted a very successful 2 day Capacity Building Seminar in September. The event brought together enthusiastic and committed activists from across Europe, from Ireland to Turkey. All participants agreed that further events were needed to develop greater capacity and networking opportunities within the European trans* movement. TGEU is very grateful to the participants as well as Open Society Institute, ILGA-Europe, STA and the Scottish Governement for their generous support of this event.

More info

 

European Parliament asks WHO to depathologize transgender identities The European parliament calls on the Commission and the WHO – a UN body – to withdraw gender identity disorders from the list of mental and behavioral disorders while ensuring a non-pathologizing re-coding in the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

 

More info

 

Help change the upcoming ICD-11! Global Action for Trans* Equality needs your input! As you may or may not know, the World Health Organization (WHO) has started the process of reviewing the International Classification of Diseases (known as ICD-10). A chance and a challenge! Your participation is key!

 

Read here on what you can do.

 

Trans Rights are Human Rights! – Video of the panel discussion available TGEU and the Boell-Foundation invited 5 global trans activists to a panel discussion "Trans Rights are Human Rights!" on Oct 5th. In front of a crowded house Dr. Tamara (Venezuela), Witnes Booysen (South Africa), Naomi Fontanos (Philippines), Agniva Lahiri (India), Joleen Mataele (Kingdom Tonga), Kristian Randelovic (Serbia) and from TvT Worldwide researchers Dr. Jan Hutta and Carla LaGata discussed on the panel, which was moderated by TGEU co-chair Julia Ehrt.

 

Watch the full video of the discussion here

 

TGEU attends European Commission Conference "Equality between women and men" (19-20 Sept 2011)

Read more about the conference and what the TGEU co-chairs think about it here


 

 

Poland's key transgender activist to become a member of the new parliament

Official results of the Polish parliamentary elections show that Anna Grodzka, the president of Trans-Fuzja Foundation, will become the world's next transgender MP.

Read more...

 

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European network of trans* and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals. The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans* movement and to be a powerful lobby and advocacy organisation for trans* rights in Europe and beyond.

 

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TGEU Newsletter 4th issue

 

 

  TGEU eNews

6 June 2012


Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

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What’s happening with TGEU? The Steering and Staff after Torino meeting, November 2011  

 

4th European Transgender Council 2012 Trans Rights Now! Realizing Recognition, Respect and Equality

As a new season is upon us we are looking forward to the 4th European Transgender Council being hosted in Dublin, Ireland. We will welcome trans activists from all parts of Europe as delegates and speakers to Dublin City University (DCU) from 7 – 9 September 2012.

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon and wish you a transfabulous year!  More info   

EU's first study on LGBT discrimination is trans-inclusive

For the first time the EU Commission officially asked to include the experiences of trans people in such a large-scale study in all EU member states and Croatia. European Union law does not recognize "gender identity or gender expression" as an own discrimination ground and therefore EU action remains sketchy. It is a great chance to have as many and diverse trans people as possible participating. EU policy makers will have to listen to the experiences trans people share. Telling your story increases the number-base and diversity and thus encourages the EU to be more trans-inclusive. The survey is still open and can be accessed through lgbtsurvey.eu.

Further info

On April 15 Moritz Sander joined TGEU in the newly created position as Administration Officer. Moritz will support and develop TGEU's office work and help Steering Committee and staff in developing sustainable administrative procedures.  Competition was tough as we had received a great number of excellent applications which were handled in a three-round recruitment procedure. Welcome to the team, Moritz!

Get to know the staff

 

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You can also support our work through the LGBTSupports IOS app! Visit LGBTsupports.org and download the app!

 

 

 

At the Steering Meeting following the ILGA-Europe Conference in Torino on 31st October, we hired (the two now former Co-Chairs) Julia Ehrt and Richard Köhler as the new Executive Director and Policy and Capacity Building Officer of TGEU. Prior to this, Julia and Richard had resigned from their position as Co-Chairs. The decision to offer the two positions to the Co-Chairs was the result of a long discussion within the Steering Committee of TGEU that took place over the past few months, including a consultation with our funders and a consultation with an external expert in organisational development and management. At the same meeting, two Steering Committee members, Wiktor Dynarski from Trans-Fuzja Poland and Cat McIlroy from Trans Education and Advocacy in Ireland where voted in as the new Co-Chairs of TGEU. Kemal Ordek from Pembe Hayatt in Turkey and Laura Leprince from HES-France where voted in as new Steering Committee Members from a list of candidates whom we had asked beforehand whether they would be willing and able to become members of the Steering Committee. We are very happy to have found two very committed and experienced activists to fill the vacancies in the Steering Committee until the next General Assembly which will take place in July 2012 at the 4th European Transgender Council in Dublin. We are looking forward to working together with Kemal and Laura in the Steering Committee and with Julia and Richard in their new positions.

Unfortunately, due to private matters, Cat McIlroy had to take a leave of abscence from the Steering Committee. Maria Sundin has been therefore chosen to act as Co-Chair for the remaining months until the 4th Transgender Council. It was also decided that the staff will take upon some of the Secretary's committments.

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Trans Murder Monitoring project reveals more than 800 reported murders of trans people in the last four years 

The March 2012 update reveals a total of 816 reported killings of trans people in 55 countries worldwide from January 1st 2008 to December 31st 2011. The update shows an exponential increase in reported killings of trans people over the last four years. In 2008, 141 cases were reported, in 2009 213 cases, in 2010 214 cases, and in 2011 a shocking number of 248. These are mainly the reported cases that could be found through Internet research and cooperation with trans organizations and activists. In most countries, data on murdered trans people are not systematically produced and it is impossible to estimate the numbers of unreported cases.

Read the entire press release

TGEU Statement on Social Inclusion through Sustainable Transport

Public space and usage of public transport is for many trans persons in Europe a dreadful experience. Transgender Europe shows how trans passengers often are affected in their safety, security and dignity by staff and fellow passengers. 79% of trans people in an EU-wide survey reported harassment in public; 43% of trans respondents in a national survey feel "less well treated" in the street. This statement also presents best practices and 10 concrete recommendations aiming to inspire dialogue and yield sustainable improvements.

TGEU's recommendations on the issue

TGEU condems homo- and transphobic law in St. Petersburg

Transgender Europe signed the international resolution protesting against a proposed bill prohibiting the so-called "propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, transgenderism to minors" in St. Petersburg, Russia

Read the resolution

TGEU and ILGA-Europe highlight obstacles trans persons face in regard to cross-border prescriptions in the EU

Joint contribution from ILGA-Europe and Transgender Europe on measures for improving the recognition of prescriptions issued in another EU member state

Futher info


 

 

TransInfoEurope - a new blog on TGEU.org!

News concerning Europe and relevant for activism, as well as relevant projects, seminars, and conferences in Europe, news from the United Nations and other international institutions which concern Europe and trans.

Blog entries

 

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European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals.  The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans movement and to work for trans equality in Europe and beyond

 

Transgender Europe - TGEU works towards full equality for all gender variant people in Europe.

TGEU Newsletter issue #1, 2013

 

 

  TGEU eNews

1 March 2013


Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

A Message from the Steering Committee

 

What’s happening with TGEU? TGEU Steering Committee with members of Staff, September 2012  

 

With the beginning of March, TGEU is looking forward to many new opportunities and events.  We would like to invite you to check out our newest publications -Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide – A Comparative Review of the Human-rights Situation of Gender-variant/Trans Peopleand the Human Rights and Gender Identity - Best Practice Catalogue.

Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT)

The comprehensive research report presents, discusses and contextualises the key findings of two sub-projects. The first is the Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM), a systematic collection, monitoring and analysis of reported killings of gender-variant/trans people worldwide. The second sub-project is the Legal and Health Care Mapping, which provides an overview of existing laws, law proposals, and actual legal and health-care practices relevant to gender-variant/trans people.

Read more   

Human Rights & Gender Identity Best Practice Catalogue

The Catalogue is a follow-up to Commissioner Hammarberg’s landmark 2009 Issue Paper. It presents a number of policy, legal and practical inspirations from countries in Europe and beyond on how the 12 recommendations contained in the Issue Paper could be implemented. TGEU and ILGA-Europe are pleased to have jointly contributed towards this document and hope that it will be useful for the advancement of equality of trans people in all spheres of life.

Read more

 

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The new Steering Committee together with TGEU’s staff met during the second weekend of January near Prenzlau, Germany, for its second live meeting. The meeting aimed to make us professionalize our way of working and TGEU as organization through evaluating and defining procedures, roles, internal structure and our skills. Discussed were as well Transgender Europe's current situation, our work plan from 2012 and for 2013, strategies and various other topics. The live meeting has also seen changes in the Steering Committee itself. Maria Sundin, who was elected Co-Chair during TGEU’s General Assembly in Dublin on September 8th 2012, decided to resign from her position. She will continue to serve in the capacity as a member of our Steering Committee for the remaining period until 2014. Due to this situation, and according to TGEU statutes, the Steering Committee has chosen an acting Co-Chair who will remain in hir position until our next General Assembly in 2014. The newly elected Co-Chair is Kemal Ördek from Turkey, whom the remaining Executive Board finds an excellent addition to the team. Hir brief biography can be found on our website.

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TGEU strengthened the trans voices at the ILGA world conference in Stockholm  Global Panel on progress, achievements, and challenges in the regions at the trans pre conference: from right to left Carla LaGata (moderator), Wiktor Dynarski (Europe), Tamara Adrián (South America), Dawn Madrona (Asia), Nikki Mawanda (Africa), and Rani Ravundi (Oceania).

More than 450 activists from more than 100 countries in the world met at the ILGA-world conference in December 2012 in Stockholm. The conference was preceded by roughly a dozen pre-conferences and regional caucuses. Trans activists from around the globe met in the 2-day Trans pre conference to discuss issues relevant on the global level such as the Argentinian Law on Gender Identity, the reform of the ICD 10, sex work and empowerment and visibility of trans people. At the same time RFSL hosted an expert conference on transphobic hate violence, to which TGEU members were invited as experts. Seven TGEU activists came to Stockholm, some of whom took part in the second intersex forum held in conjunction with the conference. TGEU and its partners from the Global South and East held a 2-day Strategic Planning meeting for the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) project before the conferences, and launched the TvT research report at the pre-conferences and the main conference.

Read the report

SRS requirement equals torture, says The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture

Slowly, it seems things are speeding up for trans people at the United Nations. The most recent victory is that the yearly report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment to the General Assembly now unequivocally posits that requiring trans people to change their body, to have to undergo genital surgery in order to get their gender recognized, equals torture.

Read the full story

TGEU participates in hearing about future Gender Recognition Act in France

TGEU was invited to a hearing of a French Senatorial working group drafting Legal Gender Recognition Act in the next months. The audition took place on January 31st 2013 in Paris, where TGEU participated alongside with national trans organizations and the Council of Europe LGBT Unit. The legal draft shall be finished within the 1st quarter of 2013.

Read the full story

"Rejection and Unawareness: Eurobarometer's first findings on attitudes towards trans people"

Europeans are unaware of trans people and reject them at great levels reveals the today published Eurobarometer. EU Commission vows to step up future actions for trans people and commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Equality Summit in Nicosia, Cyprus. Designated EU Health Commissioner pledges to fight for transgender people not being considered mentally ill.

Read the full story


 

 

UN: Historic First Condemnation of Killings Based on Gender Identity

An international coalition of organizations dedicated to human rights celebrates the historic vote in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Read the resolution

 

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Transgender Europe (TGEU)

European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals.  The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans movement and to work for trans equality in Europe and beyond

 

Transgender Europe - TGEU works towards full equality for all gender variant people in Europe.

TGEU Newsletter issue #2, 2013

 

  TGEU eNews

22 July 2013


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What’s happening with TGEU?



TGEU Steering Committee with members of Staff, January 2013
 

Prepairing for the next half of 2013, we would like to draw your attention to our newest publications - the Trans Rights Europe Map & Index 2013 and the Trans in the Spotlight! We also encourage you to read the findings of the FRA LGBT Survey.

 

Trans Rights Europe Map & Index 2013

For the first time TGEU publishes a Trans Rights Europe Map & Index. The map shows that 24 countries in Europe require sterilization in legal gender recognition while a total of 16 countries do  not provide for any possibility to change name and gender at all.

This means that transgender people remain barred from active participation in social and economic life. Applying for a job, opening a bank account, boarding a plane can be challenging or even be impossible.

Read more

 



Trans in the Spotlight!

In the Spotlight! Trans in theRecommendation of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

What is the Recommendation? Why does it matter?
 
The Spotlight publication gives an overview what the recommendation is, why it matters to trans people and what should be done by member states to its implementation.



Did you know?

You can now follow TGEU's latest news both on facebook and twitter!



You can also support our work through the LGBTSupports IOS app!

Visit LGBTsupports.org and download the app!

 

The Steering Committee of TGEU met in April 2013 in Brussels to  evaluate its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan and discuss internal processes, including solutions to actively involve the memebership in the organization's processes.

Between May 25th and June 1st the Executive Board held the  Extraordinary Online General Assembly which finalized most of the decisions taken by the Dublin 2012 meeting.

The Steering Committee is happy to see the organization growing almost day by day, as today there are more than 70 member groups of our network, giving us a proper mandate to work on transgender human rights in Europe and beyond.

We thank you for that trust and looking forward to working for the benefit of our communities.

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 Council of Europe Committee hears and addresses transgender human rights violations


Vanessa Lacey (TENI) during the meeting of the Comittee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 

On May 24th 2013, the Comittee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe  discussed transgender issues.

Dr. Nicolas Beger (Amnesty International) and Vanessa Lacey (TENI) spoke to the Parliamentarians about the human rights situation of trans people in Europe with Vanessa Lacey giving ample testimony on how it is to be trans in Ireland.

Listen to Vanessa Lacey's speech
(contains descriptions of transphobic violence!)

Read the full story


TGEU Statement on Transgender Arrests to improve image of Thessaloniki


Greek Minister Citizen Protection Dendias (photo) justified recent systematic police harassment of transgender women in Thessaloniki as an action to “improve the image” of city areas. In a reply to questions from three parliamentarians he wrote the aim of the “Special Operational Action Plan” is to “tackle, among others, prostitution and exploitation of the sexual life of socially and economically vulnerable individuals, to enhance citizens’ feeling of safety and to improve the image of the abovementioned areas”.

Crack-down in Thessaloniki must Stop Immediately!

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TGEU welcomes LGBTI Guidelines for EU foreign relations

On June 24th, EU member states agreed on the LGBTI Guidelines which are the first binding policy instructing EU diplomats how to defend human rights of LGBTI people around the globe.

The guidelines are an example of how a strategic approach by the EU towards LGBTI issues could look like. It is the first EU document adopted by all member states that provides for a definition of transgender and gender identity. Analytical questions guide diplomats to better assess inter alia criminalization of transgender identities, gender-based violence, how trans people can access legal gender recognition, effective discrimination employment protection or gender reassignment treatment.

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Finally: Forced sterilizations removed from the Swedish legislation

Even though the forced sterilization requirement is removed, more changes are needed for many trans people to become biological parents. Embryo donation must be allowed so trans men can get the same opportunity as other men to donate gametes to their partner. The so-called presumption of paternity also needs to be gender-neutral. This is needed for several reasons, but among other things since no longer only legal men can contribute genetically to the children born within a marriage.

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Australia: historic national discrimination law

As OII Australia reports, a new bill introduces protections in Commonwealth anti-discrimination law on the new grounds of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘gender identity’, ‘intersex status’ and ‘marital or relationship status’

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Transgender Europe (TGEU)

European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals.
The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans movement and to work for trans equality in Europe and beyond

 

Transgender Europe - TGEU works towards full equality for all gender variant people in Europe.

TGEU Newsletter issue #3, 2013

 

 

  TGEU eNews

16 September 2013


Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

A Message from the Steering Committee

 


What’s happening with TGEU?

TGEU Staff and Steering (Photo by Wiktor)

TGEU Steering Committee and staff meeting in Berlin, September 2013
 


See you soon in Budapest!


Budapest


5th Transgender Council to be organized by TransVanilla

 

The first ever council held in Eastern Europe will take place in Hungary a country which is an excellent site for building bridges between Eastern and Western Europe. Budapest is one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe. Often called the Little Paris of Middle Europe, or the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest located at the crossroads of West and East making it a perfect place for opening dialogues.

We feel that hosting the largest European forum for transgender rights and activism in Budapest is an important step in building new alliances between Eastern and Western Europe. It is an excellent opportunity to bring together activists from different kinds of areas in a slightly different atmosphere than usually.



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Our Steering Committee and the staff return to their usual activities after a relaxing few weeks of vacation.

Starting the last 3 months of 2013, the SC met in Berlin to discuss the next Transgender Council, the future of Transgender Europe, its developing strategy for the upcoming years and to plan some exciting activities.

Changes are also on the way as two members of the Committee decided to step down. Maria Sundin (our former Secretary and Co-Chair, who has been a part of the SC since the 2010 Council in Malmoe, Sweden) and Kim Trau have decided to pursue a different path and we would like to wish them all the best on this new journey.

At the same time, remembering how important it is to have a well-functioning team, we invite you to become an active member of the Steering Committee.

If you consider yourself an active community leader, willing to take up the task of running an international organisation drop us a line at steering@tgeu.org.

 

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 TGEU invited to intervene at the European Court of Human Rights

ECHR

In the case of H v Finland, the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decided that by demanding forced divorce as a pre-requisite for legal gender recognition Member States do not violate human rights. With the support of Interights the applying trans woman H brought her case to the Grand Chamber (second instance of the Court) which will hear it on October 16th, 2013. 

The case of H is of great importance for all of us. This will be the first test whether the Court itself will start to follow the position taken by the Commissioner for Human Rights and several other Council of Europe bodies declaring abusive requirements like forced dissolution of marriage to be a violation of the Rights protected by the Convention.
 
To support her cause, TGEU requested the Court to grant us leave for submitting a third party intervention. We are delighted that, despite the Court turning down most of the other requests for such interventions, TGEU was invited to hand in one.


New project to better protect trans people against violence

Against Violence

Photo: iStockPhoto/Thinkstock


ProTrans - Protecting Transgender People from Violence in Eastern Europe is a project aiming to better protect trans people and their communities against violence and impunity. 

Five trans-rights organisations in Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia and Turkey will work together under the guidance of TGEU. 

In ProTrans a systematic yet simple monitoring system is developed and implemented to help local trans-rights organisations to monitor incidences of violence. Participating organisations will offer support for survivors of violence and increase rights awareness among the trans population. The project provides also some means to pursue legal action and redress on the local level. 

Based on findings from the monitoring, materials will be developed to support domestic advocacy pressing for appropriate policy responses to end the violence and impunity.  

Starting in October 2013, ProTrans is planned for two years. The project receives financial support from the US State Department.

We remember

We remember

Photo: Trans-Fuzja Foundation, Poland


We would like you to take a moment to remember those persons from our membership region who have been killed as the result of hate crimes. 

France: Mylène in Couzeix, Limoges. She was murdered with hammer blows and found dead in her home on the evening of July 25. 2013

Serbia: Darko Vujanovic was found cruelly murdered on the night of June 19 2013 in his house in Belgrade.

In Turkey we know of at least four deaths since half  May.

On July 9 2013, Dora Özer in Kusadasi has been killed. The exact cause of death is unknown yet
Also on July 9 Dora from Ankara has been found stabbed. 

Gaye, who sold flowers has been found strangled on the 29th of July in her home in downtown Istanbul

Izmir Doga committed suicide because she was bullied too much by her boyfriend

May their souls rest in peace

 

 

Get ready for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 

This year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization is taking place on Saturday, October 19th, 2013.  

The slogan of the 2013 Call to Action is “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”.

More at STP2012.info

 


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Transgender Europe (TGEU)

European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals.
The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans movement and to work for trans equality in Europe and beyond

 

Transgender Europe - TGEU works towards full equality for all gender variant people in Europe.

TGEU Newsletter, issue #4, 2013

 

 

  TGEU eNews

23 December 2013


Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

A Message from the Steering Committee

 

What’s happening with TGEU? New SC members Newly elected members of the Steering Committee – Nathan Gale (Scottish Transgender Alliance) and Arian Kajtezović (Trans Aid Croatia)
We are happy to announce that we have two great new members of the Steering Committee to fill the seats left empty by Maria Sundin and Kim Trau. Nathan Gale and Arian Kajtezović joined our team in November and we are looking forward to working with them until our next Council in Budapest.You can read their profiles on our website. We have had an inspiring year with a number of important events and changes, both around Europe and globally, in terms of the recognition of trans* human rights. We have seen change happen in Sweden and also recently in the Netherlands - both of these countries have decided to ban sterilisation of transgender people as a prerequisite for gender recognition. We have also witnessed the political will for change in other countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe – Serbia, Albania and Poland are on their way to creating new gender recognition laws (which was also a result of the work the Council of Europe has put into this region). In Western parts, Ireland seems to be catching up as well. But it was also a difficult year. Sadly, we have seen many new cases in the Trans* Murder Monitoring project, we have witnessed the crack-down in Thessaloniki and have feared for the lives of our friends in Russia and Uganda.  
 

Date for the 5th Council announced!

Budapest

5th Transgender Council to be held between May 1st and 4th 2014!

The 5th European Transgender Council will take place in Budapest. You are most welcome to attend from May 1 to May 4 in the luxury hotel Rubin on the Buda side of Budapest. It is easily reachable by car or public transport. We are busy creating a really interesting programme for you. In the middle of January the scholarships call will be sent out and in mid-February we will open the registration. Time flies when you are having fun and are busy doing good things, so half a year is only a short period of time. We’re really looking forward to seeing you all in the lovely capital of Hungary.

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We are constantly moving forward, but cannot forget that the evolving human rights situation of transgender people in Europe and beyond is also a result of our communities standing together.
We wish you all the best in the upcoming year In solidarity The Steering Committee and staff of TGEU 

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Governments and Trans Civil Society came together at  Gender Recognition Roundtable 
In the first weekend of November 21 trans activists from 17 different countries came to Berlin to attend TGEU's seminar on Legal Gender Recognition: “From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone”. The three day seminar offered concise presentations, interactive workshops and exercises focussing on how to advance legal gender recognition legislation. The seminar was followed by a roundtable on legal gender recognition jointly organized by TGEU and ILGA-Europe. The roundtable brought together government officials and trans activists from countries in which LGR legislation is either under review or in which there exists an attempt to legislate. The roundtable aimed at discussing how to move the process of reform forward and presented good and best practices. Both events offered a lot of space for informal interaction, to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, and to understand what worked and did not work in other countries.
 
A new Gender Recognition Law in Poland? TGEU participates in Conference in Warsaw TGEU at the Warsaw Conference Photo: Office of the Polish Human Rights Defender
On November 5th Polish TGEU member organisation Trans-Fuzja co-organized an international conference in Warsaw debating what a future law for gender recognition could look like. Richard Köhler from TGEU presented a European overview of the human rights standards gender recognition legislation has to live up to. He emphasized that procedures have to be quick, transparent and accessible and that individuals must not be forced to give up other rights for recognition of their identity.
Read TGEU's note here Read Trans-Fuzja's note here
"Human Rights and Gender Identity" paper now available in Albanian
The famous 2009 transgender paper issued by Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has been translated again into another language. After the original English edition it got translated and issued in German, Spanish, Polish, Turkish and now Albanian.
Find the translation here.
We remember We remember Photo: Trans-Fuzja Foundation, Poland
We would like you to take a moment to remember those persons from our membership region who have been killed as the result of hate crimes. 
Jacqui Cowdrey from Worthing, England. She was found dead in her own house. Jacqui died at age 50. Zsuzsanna (23), found dead 3 November in a fishing pond in Jaszapati, Hungary. She was missing for a week and when found had several injuries to her face, throat and body.  She was most probably killed. May their souls rest in peace.
 

 

TMM update mentioned by the UN

Charles Radclifee, Chief of Global Issues Section at the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights wrote a piece on human rights violations of transgender people in a piece titled "Do we care about trans rights?"

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Transgender Europe (TGEU)

European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals. The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans movement and to work for trans equality in Europe and beyond

 

Transgender Europe - TGEU works towards full equality for all gender variant people in Europe.