Members of the Steering Committee (2014-2016)

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Arja Voipio

TGEU Co-Chair

Arja Voipio, based in Finland, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as Treasurer in 2012 and became Co-Chair in 2014. Arja holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration. In her professional life she works in the public sector. She has been active in the trans and LGBTI movements in Finland for a number of years. She has served e.g. as the vice-chair of Trasek, the chair of Heseta and the chair of the trans-working group of Seta. All these Finnish human rights NGOs are member organisations of TGEU.

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    Alecs Recher

    Alecs Recher, born in 1975 and based in Switzerland, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as Secretary in 2012 and became Co-Chair in 2014. Alecs holds a Diploma in Remedial Education and Social Pedagogy and a Master’s Degree in Law. In his professional life, he works as a legal researcher for the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights. As an activist, he was engaged in gay rights on a national level before he founded the Swiss trans organisation Transgender Network Switzerland (TGNS). Today, he’s the head of the TGNS free legal advice centre. From 2004 to 2014, Alecs was an elected Member of Parliament in the City of Zurich.

    Alecs Recher stepped down from his position as Co-Chair of TGEU in December 2016.

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      Tina Orban

      TGEU Co-Chair

      Krisztina Kolos Orban, born in 1976 and based in Hungary, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as Treasurer in 2014. Krisztina Kolos has been active in the LGBT movement on the national level since 2005 before the founding of Transvanilla Transgender Association in 2011. Krisztina Kolos is serving as one of the vice presidents of Transvanilla, the only active NGO focusing only on trans issues in Hungary.

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        Arian Kajtezović

        TGEU Treasurer

        Arian Kajtezović was born in 1986 in Croatia, and holds a teaching degree in mathematics and physics, as well as a magisterial degree in computer science and mathematics. Arian spent many years of his life living in Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina before moving back to Croatia in 2010, where he has been actively working on advancing trans* rights since 2011, being involved in the founding of Trans Aid in early 2012. He is currently one of three Co-chairs of Trans Aid. Arian has been on TGEU's Steering Committee since 2013 and became the Secretary in 2014. He aspires to dedicate much of his life working to achieve and ensure the highest standards of human rights for persons of all gender identities and gender expressions.

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          Vreer Verkerke

          J. Vreer Verkerke ("vreer" roughly translates to "mixter") is on board of TGEU's Steering Committee since 2012. Nationally they started out helping a trans support group in the 1990s, founded a semi-support, semi-action group (Noodles) in 2001, co-founded Transgender Netwerk Nederland in the following years and were TNN's first advocacy officer. In their daily work, they is doing (LGB)TI related human rights education and advocacy, among others through trainings and lectures. Since 2012, they focus strongly on depathologising trans* health care and forms part of GATE's ICD expert working group. With Principle 17 (after the Yogyakarta principle on the right to health) they intervene in the Dutch trans* health politics in order to finally have respectful and quality trans* specific health care.

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            Kristian Ranđelović

            Kristian Ranđelović, born in 1973 and based in Belgrade, Serbia, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as a Member in 2010. Kristian holds an M.A. degree for editing TV and movies. He is working and cooperating continuously with the Medical Team in order to provide help and support to trans persons as a counselor for over 15 years now. He has been systematically developing programs for trans individuals, including the first trans support group in the Balkans. Kristian has also contributed to the creation of trans programs in the ex-Yugoslavia region and he participated in the creation of the first trans web site.

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              Júlia Mendes Pereira

              Júlia Mendes Pereira, born in 1990 and based in Lisbon (Portugal), joined TGEU's Steering Committee in 2014, being elected at the 5th European Transgender Council, in Budapest. She is a student in the fields of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, with a strong interest in Literature and Anthropology. As an activist, she served as a board member of ILGA Portugal – Intervention LGBT (during the term 2011-2014) and as coordinator of GRIT – Group for Reflection and Intervention about Transexuality (2010-2014). At the national level, she is now engaged in founding the Association for Identity, a Portuguese NGO for gender equality, working with and for trans and intersex people. She dreams of being able to live off her poetry and writings.

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                Stein Wolff Frydenlund

                Stein Wolff Frydenlund, born in 1957 in Norway, joined the TGEU Steering Committee in 2014. Stein holds a Master’s degree in administration and organisation theory. In his professional life, he works as a lecturer in social sciences and the Norwegian language. As an activist, he was engaged in LGBT rights on a regional level for many years. He is also a member of the Amnesty International LGBTI network, both in Norway and at the international level. Today he is the head of the trans political committee of the Norwegian LGBT organisation – LLH.

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                  Clémence Zamora-Cruz

                  Clémence Zamora-Cruz, member of the Steering Committee since 2015, is a transfeminist activist of Mexican origin and French nationality. She has worked for many years for the rights of the LGBTI community in France. She worked as a radio presenter for a few years on the report “Clemence in Wonderland” within the program “Sid’Aventures”, fighting against transphobia and denouncing the discrimination that the LGBTI community suffers in France. She was Vice President of the Les Myriades Trans Association. Clémence acts as co-president of Acceptess-T, spokeswoman and trans officer for Inter-LGBT, and is active in the Paris International Tournament. In her professional work, Clémence is a teacher.

                    Members of the Steering Committee (2012-2014)

                    Photo: Stein Wolff Frydenlund 

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                    Alecs Recher

                    Alecs Recher, born in 1975 and based in Switzerland, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as Secretary in 2012 and became Co-Chair in 2014. Alecs holds a Diploma in Remedial Education and Social Pedagogy and a Master’s Degree in Law. In his professional life, he works as a legal researcher for the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights. As an activist, he was engaged in gay rights on a national level before he founded the Swiss trans organisation Transgender Network Switzerland (TGNS). Today, he’s the head of the TGNS free legal advice centre. From 2004 to 2014, Alecs was an elected Member of Parliament in the City of Zurich.

                    Alecs Recher stepped down from his position as Co-Chair of TGEU in December 2016.

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                      Wiktor Dynarski

                      Co-Chair

                      As a national activist, working for the Polish Trans-Fuzja Foundation since 2008, I have been active on many levels, including fundraising, human rights advocacy and basic trans*sensitive trainings for various groups. My international activism began with the membership in ANSO’s Board from 2010 until 2011. At that time, in September 2010 I have been also voted into the Steering Committee of Transgender Europe, during the 3rd Transgender Council in Malmo.

                      My current international expertise revolves around fundraising and Central-Eastern Europe support – along with Kristian Randjelovic, Richard Kohler and Kemal Ordek, we have been successfully widening TGEU’s activities in the CEE and the Balkans, ensuring the ongoing support for local transgender communities, organizations and initiatives. But it does not end there. TGEU’s current position – changing from a volunteer-based organization into a professionalized body is something I have been a part of for the last two years and would love to be able to move forward with the help of a newly elected Steering Committee.

                      Thanks to Maria Sundin, with whom I have been co-chairing since February 2012, and Kemal Ordek we were able to address sex work issues within TGEU – a subject that has been ignored and invisibilized more than enough in trans human rights activism.

                      Born in 1987, I’m more on the queer side of trans. Not choosing to identify with any gender, using they and vee as pronouns with a slightly feminized ft* expression.

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                        Kristian Ranđelović

                        Kristian Ranđelović, born in 1973 and based in Belgrade, Serbia, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as a Member in 2010. Kristian holds an M.A. degree for editing TV and movies. He is working and cooperating continuously with the Medical Team in order to provide help and support to trans persons as a counselor for over 15 years now. He has been systematically developing programs for trans individuals, including the first trans support group in the Balkans. Kristian has also contributed to the creation of trans programs in the ex-Yugoslavia region and he participated in the creation of the first trans web site.

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                          Laura Leprince

                          Laura Leprince is 46 years old, French trans activist who just joined TGEU steering committee in November 2011 and running for a new period in 2012-2013.

                          At the national level, she has been focused on advocacy within NGO like HES – LGBT group of “Parti Socialiste” – and currently as leader of ID Trans’ which is a T experts group lobbying towards French authorities. Since the French Presidential election, she has been part of commission hearings at the Senate, the Parliament and the Ministry of Justice that ended up with the first inclusion of gender identity as ground of discrimination in French penal Law (July 31st 2012).

                          As a recap, her main achievements since 2007 :

                          • lobbying activities and projects on transgender rights since 2007 within LGBT socialist NGO HES, particularly involved in socialist parliamentary working group on trans issues since 2009 and in drafting law proposal on LGR in december 2011
                          • Contribution to the FRA report on Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation in the EU Member States (working group meeting in Copenhagen in May 2008)
                          • Focus on transgender families topics in 2008-2009 with on-line and printed publications, including one English translation – several public talks about it since then
                          • Transgender Youth survey done with HES and leMAG in 2009, translated in English for IGLYO
                          • Active participant of first TGEU capacity planning meeting in Budapest 2009.
                          • Map of Transphobia (testimonials and analysis) built on documentary fund from ILGA Europe, hosted by IDT (id-trans.org)

                          She will be enthusiastic to contribute her best to TGEU’s outstanding work done so far, starting with a focus on higher visibility of TGEU in France – bringing new members and demonstrating that TGEU skills is instrumental in getting more political move for transgender rights and LGR at home. As an example, a communication campaign against French state and an announcement of new French transgender case proceedings before ECtHR will be kicked off at the TGEU council in Dublin.

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                            Vreer Verkerke

                            J. Vreer Verkerke ("vreer" roughly translates to "mixter") is on board of TGEU's Steering Committee since 2012. Nationally they started out helping a trans support group in the 1990s, founded a semi-support, semi-action group (Noodles) in 2001, co-founded Transgender Netwerk Nederland in the following years and were TNN's first advocacy officer. In their daily work, they is doing (LGB)TI related human rights education and advocacy, among others through trainings and lectures. Since 2012, they focus strongly on depathologising trans* health care and forms part of GATE's ICD expert working group. With Principle 17 (after the Yogyakarta principle on the right to health) they intervene in the Dutch trans* health politics in order to finally have respectful and quality trans* specific health care.

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                              Nathan Gale

                              I’m Nathan Gale, I’m 29 and live in Leith – the queer part of Edinburgh! I identify as non-binary and have recently started using gender neutral pro-nouns.

                              My professional experience of working for trans* equality and human rights comes from my role as development officer for the Scottish Transgender Alliance, where I have worked for nearly two years. A highlight of my post has been working to ensure Scotland’s same sex marriage legislation is as trans inclusive as it can be.

                              As a trans* and disabled activist I regularly use the arts to raise awareness of the issues affecting trans* people with intersectional identities and have been involved in political theatre for over a decade.

                              I’m delighted to have been welcomed on to the TGEU steering committee and am very much looking forward to getting to work. I hope to be able use my strategic vision to help towards increasing the capacity of TGEU to advance trans* rights in Europe. I think other steering committee members might get fed up of hearing me talk about the multiple discriminations affecting particular groups of trans* people, such as those who are D/deaf  and disabled, migrant, or black and minority ethnic, but I will continue undeterred!


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                                Alecs Recher

                                Alecs Recher, born in 1975 and based in Switzerland, joined TGEU’s Steering Committee as Secretary in 2012 and became Co-Chair in 2014. Alecs holds a Diploma in Remedial Education and Social Pedagogy and a Master’s Degree in Law. In his professional life, he works as a legal researcher for the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights. As an activist, he was engaged in gay rights on a national level before he founded the Swiss trans organisation Transgender Network Switzerland (TGNS). Today, he’s the head of the TGNS free legal advice centre. From 2004 to 2014, Alecs was an elected Member of Parliament in the City of Zurich.

                                Alecs Recher stepped down from his position as Co-Chair of TGEU in December 2016.

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                                  Maria Sundin

                                  TGEU Secretary and Co-Chair

                                  I am Maria Sundin, a Swedish transactivist and present Secretary and acting Co-chair of Transgender Europe. I selfidentify as a trans* woman. I had already been working in international trans* activism for a number of years when I was elected to the Executive Board of Transgender Europe at the 3rd European Transgender Coouncil 2010 in Malmö. I was also appointed by RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights to be in charge of the Swedish Organizing team for the Council.

                                  I’m filing my candidacy for a second term with Transgender Europe, this time as one of TGEU:s two Co-chairs as well as a mmeber of the Steering Committee. To work with my present Co-chair Wiktor Dynarski has been a fantastic experience and together we have built a stong team leading the work of the Steering Committee and the Executive Board. And I hope we will be given the  honour to serve another two year period as a team.

                                  During the past two years Transgender Europe has seen an amazing development increasing our membership to more than 55 organisations in 32 countries and well over a hundred indvidual members. We finally succeded in securing a core-funding for TGEU which has enabled us to employ an Exective Director as well as much needed staff which was a development we could only hope for when we met for the first Steering Committee meeting in Malmö 2010.

                                  Among the issues closest to my heart are human rights of all trans* and gender variant people including the right to health care, legal gender reconition, non-discrimination and the removal of trans* identities as psychiatric disorders as well as finally stopping the HIV/AIFS epidemic among our people.

                                  I’m also a member of the Board of RFSL and of WPATH: Membership Committee and the MSMGF Transgender Reference Group. My candidacy for Co-chair is supported by RFSL, RFSL Malmö Transworking Group, Free Personality Expression Sweden and KIM.

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                                    Kim Trau

                                    For me being trans* means getting empowered and empowering others. When I came out as a trans* woman I was first a receiver of advice and a participant in events others organised but later I became a member of Lambda Berlin-Brandenburg’s advisory board, a LGBT youth organisation, and a leader of a youth group for trans* people. I started to give workshops at trans* conferences in Berlin and Munich and writing a column for a German newspaper from a trans* perspective. Without those opportunities of proving myself I would not be who and where I am today.

                                    Running for the steering committee of TGEU seems to be another such opportunity. If I would become a member of the steering committee I hope to gain insights into the workings of policy making on a European level and be part of an exchange between activists with different backgrounds. I see my contribution in my own experiences, especially those I made during my stays abroad in Sweden, India, and China, and in the knowledge I gained through studying, first, Asian Studies and, currently, history. The future challenges and possibilities of the trans* movement lie beyond national borders and cultural backgrounds.

                                      Members of the Steering Committee (2010 – 2012)

                                      Steering Committee 2010-2012

                                      photo: Anna Kristjansdottir

                                      Members of the Steering Committee (2008 – 2010)

                                      Steering Committee 2008-2010

                                      photo: Anja Weber
                                       

                                      Members of the Steering Committee (2005 – 2008)

                                      as of May 2008:

                                      Steering Committee end of first term

                                       
                                      photo: Anja Weber