The European Transgender Council is the first and largest gathering of political trans activists in Europe. With around 250 participants, the Council is both, a forum setting the agenda for trans politics, and a celebration of the trans community.

The 7th European Transgender Council will be in Antwerp, Belgium from June 28 to July 1st, 2018. Co-organised with our members, CavariaTransInfoPunt and Genres Pluriels, we are happy to host this conference at deSingel, an international art campus that is wheelchair accessible.

Download the Council Programme

TGEU members will get their voting card for the General Assembly, to be able to elect the new Steering Committee, give input on decisions and elect the 2020 Council host.

This year, we are bringing the community together around a program based on Open Space Technology (read more).

This approach encourages leadership among participants by beginning the conference without any formal agenda but creating one collectively. Guided and supported by a team of facilitators, participants will address topics that matters to them by deciding on a topic but also on a format.

Example of topics in open space format could look like this:

  • Strategise : Building a regional network between Eastern European countries
  • Debate: Advocating for a 3rd gender marker or no gender?
  • Workshop: Micro-agressions and kickass comeback strategies
  • Discussion: Challenging white supremacy within the trans movement (Trans Black and People Of Color only)
  • Discussion: How to bring intersectional perspectives in our strategies?
  • Discussion: Situation in Turkey, we need to talk (workshop in Turkish)

In addition to the Open Space Technology, the program will mix cultural, social and political aspects of the trans movement with special performers, movie screenings and other activities with a full day dedicated to wellbeing and self-care.

Registration to the 7th European Transgender Council closed on June 11. Please contact us at for late registration requests or any questions.


The conference will happen at DeSingel, Antwerp, Belgium from June 28 to July 1.

Meet & Greet: Thursday June 28 at 6 pm @Felix Pakhuis

Opening : Friday June 29 at 10 am @DeSingel

End time: Sunday July 1, 2 pm

(Self care activities will go until 6 pm)

Conference fees 150€

Scholarship applications were received until April 23

TGEU’s General Assembly is where TGEU members elect the new Steering Committee, auditors, give input on decisions and elect the 2020 Council host. This will take place Saturday June 30 at 2pm.

TGEU is now receiving nomination forms from activists who want to be part of the Steering Committee and guiding TGEU’s work for a period of two years :

Apply with your organisation to be the 2020 Council host:

Become one of the 2 auditors for TGEU:

Before the General Assembly, there will be workshops where members can discuss relevant documents and proposals with members of TGEU’s Steering Committee and Staff. 

If you wish to present some of your work at the 7th European Transgender Council, you can bring publications and flyers or ship it to the offices of our local partner Cavaria in Antwerp, Belgium.

Volunteers can attend the council for free (in limited numbers), although we do not cover traveling and accommodation costs. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, we will put you through our local partners. SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER

Interpreters/Translation: We have secured funding to contract interpreters for the council. If you are interested please fill this contact sheet and we will contact you once we have collected the needs. GIVE YOUR CONTACT AS AN INTERPRETER

Donation and Sponsorship: Support the 7th European Transgender Council to fund more scholarships for trans activists from Europe and Central Asia. Large donations can get pledges and visibility within the council. If you are interested, please contact us at SUPPORT US


Visa for Participants

If you are unsure about whether you need a visa to travel to Belgium and in the Schengen area, please check hereIf you require a visa we suggest that you register for the Council at the latest 2 months before the council.

Please bear in mind that it is your responsibility to obtain a visa. You will receive a letter of invitation to the Council only when your registration and payment have been processed.

For further information please contact:

The 7th European Transgender Council has been organised with financial support from the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Program of the European Union, the Government of Flanders, the Open Society Foundation, the Dutch Government, and the Arcus Foundation. The contents of the 7th European Transgender Council are the sole responsibility of TGEU and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission, the Government of Flanders, the Open Society Foundation, the Ducth Government, or the Arcus Foundation.