TGEU (Transgender Europe) envisions Europe, Central Asia and the rest of the world free from discrimination, where each person can live according to their gender identity and gender expression without interference and where trans people and are respected and valued. TGEU works towards this vision through advocacy work, community building and monitoring projects.
Our mission is to give trans people a voice and platform in Europe, Central Asia and also the rest of the world. We advocate for trans rights and social justice, raise awareness on issues trans people face and support a strong trans movement in collaboration with others. Through our mission, we understand intersectionality as key to our actions.
We endeavour to build an atmosphere of kindness, trust, safety, appreciation, and cooperation, and emphasise celebrating the resilience and diversity within our communities. Our overarching aim is having the direction of our work set by people directly affected by the issues at hand. Read our guiding values statement here.
TGEU is a member-based organisation created in 2005. Since then, TGEU has kept growing and established itself as a legitimate voice for the trans community in Europe and Central Asia with 112 member organisations in 44 different countries. Today, TGEU has an office in Berlin, Germany, as well as a team of 10 members of staff and a Steering Committee.
Steering Committee 2018 - 2020
The SC is elected every 2 years by our membership and is the governing body of the organisation (listed in alphabetical order).
Founder of Trans Mreza Balkan, Trans Aid and involved in FRIDA the young feminist fund, Ari brings 15 years of LGBTIQ activism and trans activism to the team. Having worked in diverse communities, including being a refugee in Canada during the Yugoslav war, Ari has been on TGEU’s board for the past 5 years.
Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian, Yugoslavian language, English
Ivry sur Seine, France
Spoke person of Inter-LGBT and associated expert for the Center for Intersectional Justice, Clémence wants to priorities the most underrepresented within the trans community. As a migrant from Mexico, with experience of being homeless and sexwork, her 25 years of activism are deeply rooted in intersectional perspectives and commitment to the communities.
Languages: Spanish, French, English
Emirhan Deniz Celebi
Board member and coordinator since 2015 at SPoD, Emirhan has been active in turkish trans advocacy work but also security meetings after coup attempts in an endless state of emergency situation. Emirhan has developed survival skills in complicated situations and brings a strong turkish activism context to TGEU. He wants to make space for underrepresented groups.
Languages: Turkish, English
Part of SOS Homophobie, Qitoko and AIDES, Kami is a black gender-fluid poor caribbean survivor and activist since 2012. Kami pins the definition of intersectionality and is committed to promote mental wellness in trans activism and strengthening the links between different european queer and trans people of colour.
Languages: French, English, LSF (french sign language)
Mimi Aum Neko
Active member of Acceptess-T and Strass (Sexworkers’ trade union) Mimi began her LGBTQI activism 12 years ago against the military coup d’Etat in Thailand. Threathened by the military regime, she seeked asylum in France and started to fight against transphobia, racism, HIV and stigmas, poverty and dictatorship for the rights of trans migrants and sexworkers.
Languages: Thai, French, English, German
Founder of Queerstion Media and member of RFSL and Black Queers Sweden, Miles brings 10 years of experience within the LGBTIQ and migration activism. As a refugee from Zimbabwe, Miles wants to amplify the voices of trans asylum seekers and refugees in Europe and intersectional perspectives through activism and journalism where he has more than 10 years of experience.
Languages: Shona, Swedish, English
Trans Engagement Officer at Stonewall after working 2 years for the Transgender Equality Network Ireland, Toryn is a 24 year old trans woman coming from a working class background. Activist for 5 years, she has dedicated her professional life to working for trans communities and wishes to ensure the representation of trans youth’s voices.
Languages: Irish, English.
Moving from the Netherlands, Dinah brings 25 years of activism and 15 years of management experience to the team. Recently active in Trans United, PROUD Union for sexworkers, HIV Vereniging, NSWP and ICRSE, Dinah brings intersectional stigma to the table, cross-cutting ethnicity, discrimination, erasure of trans black and people of colour, sexworkers’ rights, access to trans health care for minorities and speaking up for trans migrants.
Languages: Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Hebrew, English.
Moritz G. Sander
Moritz has been an active member of the Berlin trans community for over ten years. Moritz has been Financial Senior Officer at TGEU before becoming Operations Director and brings incredible knowledge of rules and regulations in the German context. Moritz also worked as an assistant director for two theatre companies and is a people’s person. Before joining TGEU Moritz was employed as a management assistant in a consultancy institute.
Languages: German, English, some French and Spanish.
Akim is a strategic thinker from France who approaches work with responsibility and drive, centering the power within the communities. Being active in the trans and anti-racist movement, Akim brings clear analysis of structures and power with the knowledge to support TGEU towards better intersectional practices. Akim is dedicated to strengthen and empower trans communities by building alliances and shaping projects, with a focus on trans black and people of colour.
Languages: French, English
Outgoing Executive Director
Julia has been involved in trans activism for more than 10 years. Julia has been involved in TGEU since the beginning in 2005 and has considerably shaped TGEU’s advocacy work, policy and organisational strategy. Starting as Steering Committee member, Vice- and Co-chair at TGEU, she has gained experience in chairing and leading an organisation like TGEU.
She holds a PhD in mathematics and lives with her partner and daughter in Berlin.
Languages: German, English.
Senior Policy Officer
Richard oversees TGEUs policy and advocacy work at the European level and has been a trans activist for more than a decade. Starting with TGEU as a member of the steering committee he has continuously initiated change to develop the structure and policy of TGEU drawing from his wide experience in international project management and NGO consultancy. Richard has a background in International Business Administration with specialization on NGOs in Russian-speaking countries.
Languages: German, English, Russian, some French, basic Turkish.
TvT Project Coordinator
Born and raised in Brazil, Lukas has been a gender diversity activist and educator since 2006 in Brazil, Chile, China, and now Germany. He is currently a Community Review Board member for the ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender Programme.
As TvT Project Coordinator, Lukas coordinates TGEU’s work on a global level, in particular in the framework of the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) research project.
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, some Chinese Mandarin.
Mari-Liis Sepper is a lawyer by training. From 2010 to 2015 she served as the Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner. She was an Executive Board member of the European network of equality bodies Equinet 2013-2015. Mari-Liis has taught human rights courses and is an author and editor of number of publications on gender equality and human rights, among them the commented edition of the Estonian Gender Equality Act.
Languages: Estonian, French, English.
Cianán B. Russell
As the UN Officer, Cianán coordinates UN advocacy for TGEU and supports other projects within the Global Program. Cianán has worked in trans activism since 2001 in the US, Thailand, regionally in Asia and the Pacific, and now in Europe. Cianán received a Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in 2008 from Purdue University. Prior to joining the team at TGEU in 2018, Cianán worked for the Asia Pacific Transgender Network as the Human Rights & Advocacy Officer.
Languages: English, Thai, Spanish.
Annaluise Van Delden
Annaluise joined TGEU’s team in August 2017 as the Operations Officer. As Operations Officer, she is responsible for coordinating TGEU membership, as well as supporting the financial and administrative duties of the office.
Annaluise is a mathematician and is passionate about human rights. Before joining TGEU she worked in a residential care home, volunteered in non-profit organisations, and has researched in the field of applied computer science.
Languages: German, English, Dutch.