We would like to use this page to thank the 300 participants who attended the 6th European Transgender Council in Bologna from the 2nd to the 5th of June, 2016 and share the outcomes of this event. A big thank you is also sent to MIT, the volunteers and the local venues that welcomed us for the workshops, panels, and social events.
General Assembly: Meet the new Steering Committee
It is our pleasure to announce that 45 of our 100 member organisations from 27 different countries as well as 30 individual members (out of 81) were represented in the audience to discharge TGEU’s previously elected officers, vote for new ones for the 2016-18 term, and discuss and vote on the next host organisation for the 7th European Transgender Council 2018, the prolongation of TGEU’s Strategic Plan and TGEU’s sex work policy.
We are happy to announce that both the Steering Committee and the Executive Board of the term 2014-16 have been discharged.
The present Co-Chairs, Arja Voipio and Alecs Recher, have been re-elected with an overwhelming majority of votes and among the 13 candidates for the Steering Committee, we welcome
- Krisztina Kolos Orban
- Clemence Zamora-Cruz
- Arian Kajtezovic
- Ulrika Westerlund
- Stein Wolff Frydenlund
- J Vreer Verkerke
- Nicole de Leo
The General Assembly has enthusiastically acclaimed :
Who will be the next host of the 7th European Transgender Council ?
We are pleased to announce that the results of the general assembly votes acclaim that the 7th Transgender Council in 2018 will be hosted by çavaria, Transgender Infopunt and Genres Pluriels in Antwerp, Belgium. We also thank and support the other organisations who defended their cities from Portugal, Malta and Lithuania.
Notes, documents, speeches, videos available from different sessions
Enjoy our playlist of some videos from the council
- Nils Muižnieks, European Commissioner for Human Rights – Keynote speech : The need of European societies to recognise the full diversity of gender identities and watch the video on youtube
- Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy : Laura Boldrini’s speech
- Petra de Sutter, Senator & Member of Parliament at the Council of Europe : Watch the video
- Porpora Marcasciano, President of M.I.T : Porpora’s opening speech
Click on the link to download the PDF, doc or Presentation file
Thank you to Sophie from ILGA Europe for the notes on the 2 panels. Click on the title of each panel to see more.
TENI did interviews with LGBTI people on impact of pathologisation.
Michael Van Gelderen, OHCHR:
- Why is the UN only speaking now on depath? It follows developments, does not go beyond.
- Pathologisation even more harmful when associated with forced hospitalization.
- UN also asking for separation between medicalization and LGR.
Helle Jacobsen, AI DK:
- Following up from AI report: “State decides who I am”: access to health also needed to be documented. We wanted to use AI brand.
- If you want to access treatments, there’s only one place to go and need of a diagnosis. Psychiatric evaluation: trans people forced to choose between right to privacy/dignity and right to health. Many other diagnoses come along. Parents interviewed, asked whether as a child you could have lacked oxygen. Trans people have to answer questions about their sexuality that nobody else needs to answer. Also questions like “are you attracted by children”? “You say you’re a woman but you don’t wear make-up”.
Amets Suess, Andalusian School of Public Health; STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization
- Children from minority ethnic background also stigmatized but do not need a diagnosis, so why would gender diverse children need one?
- There are ICD codes related to discrimination and social exclusion (Chapter 24 in ICD-11 Beta Draft): discrimination experiences related to gender diversity in childhood could be included there.
- Statement from clinicians and researchers to WHO
Griet de Cuypere, WPATH:
- Block F66 and F65 not discussed anymore
- Block F64: consensus that it should be removed from “mental disorders”. Current placement is “conditions related to sexual health” -> not optimal.
- Gender incongruence of children pathologises children, there’s children diversity.
- It should be moved to “Z codes” and support should be provided to gender diverse children. This is debated within WPATH.
Inclusion means there is a structure that includes others. Intersectionality, it’s about inclusive practices, bringing everyone to the table, there’s no need to including someone, everybody is around the table.
Wrote autobiography. Black African trans refugee Muslim women. Who am I really? Only I can leave myself permission on how to live my life. People fighting for my rights in Europe wanted also to tell me how to live my life.
Amazing law in Malta but LGBTI people should say: “we’re not going to use it as long as you do not really protect the rights of everyone”.
Her book : Never arrive 2016
Anya, trans Slovenian activist
Fat issues and body fascism are very silent. Connecting fat and trans, there are 2 important issues: both are medicalized and pathologised. Medicalisation -> every fat body is unhealthy. Fat in itself: there’s no scientific prove that it’s unhealthy. Legitimation of fatphobia through healthcare. We want to “take care of them”. Fat bodies always monitored. There’s always a “passing”, as for trans people, who will pass as a normal person. Idea that our bodies are pervert and unfit. It makes it almost impossible to love you and your body in that context. Who gets to be represented? Is it the most passing bodies?
Body norms present in the trans community? What “passing” means? What society sees as “cis” equivalent as what it sees as “thin”.
Book mentionned : Fat activism : A radical social movement
What inclusive practices look like? He wrote a publication on this. Inclusivity and intersectionality came up a lot and people were trying to put them into practice during the Council. A panel like this may even be tokenistic in itself, because at the end of the conference and it’s about being trans + sthg. If we 3 were not here, would nobody speak about Muslim/black/body issues?
What stop people like me to feel welcome in the community? People want to know about my trauma, “I have spoken to a Muslim trans person”. I want to push the focus away from me. Racism, islamophobia, exclusion, etc. But I can’t say why. There’s more racism and islamophobia when I’m not in the room. So, you’re the ones who know. You listen to me because I am trans, if I was only muslim, you would not! Masculinity and feminity are very racialized concepts. Transgender day of remembrance, we mourn trans people we lost. Many of them are from under-represented groups. But it’s only when they are trans that the trans community reacts.
Discrimination based on psychiatric norms. Psychiatry has a long history of oppressing resistances, including the trans community. People with psychiatric diagnoses cannot be trusted on their experience of their gender identity. O accessible is our activism? Who is represented? Who takes decisions?
How is the issue of depathologisation understood? One step in a process or a longer-term and more integral struggle? When we say that trans people are wrongfully labelled as mentally ill, then, who is rightfully labelled as such.
- Randy Berry – Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons: Advancing the human rights of transgender persons
- Tikli Oikarinen, Council of Europe – Closing session speech : Watch on youtube
Thank you to Michele Lapini, Laura Bessega, Mina Tolu, Sonny, Guido Calamosca for the pictures.
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Send us your feedback on the 6th European Transgender Council
We worked hard on the council with the local organisation to have the best input for the trans European movement to benefit from it. Most of our work is bringing together all of your strenghts as European trans activists. Help us improve and gain perspective on the council by letting us know your thoughts on these few days.
Thank you again to all participants for making this event possible.
All TGEU team