Our vision

Transgender Europe envisions a Europe free from discrimination, where each person can live according to their gender identity and gender expression without interference and where trans people and their families are respected and valued.

Our mission

TGEU works for the equality of all trans people in Europe.

  • We give trans people a voice in Europe
  • We advocate for trans people’s human rights
  • We raise awareness on issues trans people are facing
  • We support a strong trans movement
  • We conduct and encourage research for the benefit of trans people
  • We are an active part of the international trans movement

Our history

TGEU was established on the first European Transgender Council in Vienna in November 2005 and formally registered as an Austrian charitable organisation 14 months later. Run as a volunteer organisation for many years TGEU established itself as legitimate voice of the trans community in Europe.

In 2008 we acquired our first independent project based funding, however it took until 2009 to hire first project staff (to implement the TvT project). In 2012 the General Assembly held in Dublin decided to move the seat of the organisation to Berlin, a process that was finalized with the closing of the Austrian association at the General Assembly held in Budapest in 2014.

Today, TGEU has an office in Berlin, ten members of staff and a board of nine volunteers governing the organisation. We successfully continue to combine advocacy work on the European level with work on the national level in partnership with our members with and for local communities.

Governance

Co-Chairs 2018-2020

Clémence Zamora-Cruz

Dinah Bons

Board 2018-2020

Ari Kajtezovic

Emirhan Deniz Celebi, Co-Secretary

Kami Mathiasin

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

Mimi Aum Neko, Co-Secretary

Toryn Glavin, Treasurer

Previous Steering Committees

Team

Julia Ehrt

Executive Director

Julia has been involved in trans activism for more than 10 years. She has considerably shaped TGEU’s advocacy work, policy and organisational strategy. She has actively developed many contacts with decision makers and other stakeholders in the EU, the CoE and other governmental and non governmental organizations. She has represented TGEU and trans interests on numerous conferences and meetings.

Julia has been involved in TGEU since the beginning in 2005 and contributed to the development of the organization as Steering Committee member, Vice- and Co-chair. During this period she has gained experience in chairing and leading an organization like TGEU.

She holds a PhD in mathematics and lives with her partner and daughter in Berlin.

Richard Köhler

Senior Policy Officer; Deputy Executive Director

Richard Köhler oversees TGEUs policy and advocacy work at the European level. He regularly speaks at institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe on a number of occasions, such as the historic meeting of Human Rights Commissioner’s trans expert meeting in 2008. He has been a sought expert on trans equality in Europe by policy makers and trans activists alike. Richard served as member in the interim board of EPATH - the European Professional Association for Transgender Health Care and of the German Equality Body's independent expert committee on gender. Richard is co-author of the Best Practice Catalogue Human Rights and Gender Identity and the toolkit "Legal Gender Recognition in Europe.

He has been a trans activist within the European Transgender movement for more than a decade. As member of the steering committee of TGEU (2007-2010) 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 been vital to the organization of European Transgender Councils and trainings for the trans community.

Previously, he managed projects supporting minority groups in the former Soviet Union with ILGA-Europe and German Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit – GiZ. He has a background in International Business Administration with specialization on NGOs in Russian-speaking countries. Richard speaks English, French, German and Russian and lives in Berlin.

Moritz Sander

Senior Financial Officer

Moritz has been an active member of the Berlin transgender community for over ten years. He is a member of the Kingz of Berlin and former chairman of Wigstöckel – Transgender United! and has been a delegate to the Transgender Network Berlin for both organizations. He has organized and hosted shows/events and initiated workshops, talks and networking. Moritz has also worked as an assistant director for two German theatre companies and as a volunteer for an international student exchange program. Before joining the TGEU-team Moritz was employed as a management assistant in a consultancy/research institute.

Moritz supports and develops the administration of TGEU.

    Akim

    Community Building Officer

    Akim moved from France to join TGEU in February 2016. Akim has been working in different fields such as event managing, communication and has been an activist for trans rights, gender equality and anti-racism. He now works as a Community Building Officer. Through his work, he is  dedicated to strengthen and empower the trans communities on a European level, especially trans and queer people of color.

    Akim speaks English and French.

    Lukas Berredo

    TvT Project Coordinator

    Born and raised in Brazil, Lukas has lived seven years in Chile, two years in China, and is now based in Berlin, Germany. He has been a sexual and gender diversity advocate and educator since 2006. In Chile, he founded the Support Group for Transmen, and soon became a board member of Movement for Sexual Diversity. In China, he started the student organization Diversity and co-founded TRANScending Borders.

    Lukas has a BA in "Social Communication", a diploma in "World Politics", a Master’s Degree in "International Relations and World History" from The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and a Graduate Certificate in "LGBT Health Policy & Practice" from the George Washington University.

    As TvT Project Coordinator, Lukas supports the implementation of TGEU's work on a global level, in particular in the framework of the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) research project.

    Lukas speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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    Annaluise van Delden

    Annaluise van Delden

    Operations Officer

    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.

    Annaluise speaks German, English and Dutch.

      Cianán Russell

      UN Officer

      As the UN Officer with Transgender Europe (TGEU), Cianán (pronoun: they) coordinates UN advocacy for TGEU and supports other projects within the Global Program, such as the TvT Project. 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 and on the teaching faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemistry. Cianán has expertise in qualitative and quantitative human subjects research methods, assessment, legal and policy analysis, and international human rights mechanisms. Cianán has worked in trans activism since 2001 in the US, Thailand, regionally in Asia and the Pacific, and now in Europe, and also serves on the Chapter Working Group on Terminology – Diagnostic Criteria Chapter Selection for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care v.8, on the Advisory Committee of Trans(Forming) (a trans people of color-led organization in Atlanta, GA, USA), on the Core Organising Team of the Trans Professional Association for Transgender Health (TPATH), and works in rape crisis and recovery for trans survivors assigned female at birth. In their free time, Cianán enjoys reading post-apocalyptic science fiction and language learning.

        Akram Kubanychbekov

        CEECA Officer

        Akram Kubanychbekov is a CEECA Officer at Transgender Europe, where he coordinates TGEU’s work in the CEECA (Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia) region.

        Akram has experience in diverse fields such as LGBT rights, human rights advocacy and monitoring, capacity building, training delivery and project management. He had worked with various organizations working in the field of rule of law, LGBT rights, human rights monitoring, and child rights in Kyrgyzstan. Akram is also one of the founding members of the Trans* Coalition in Post-Soviet Space. Before joining TGEU, Akram worked as a Rule of Law consultant at the Regional Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central Asia.

        Akram speaks Russian, Kyrgyz and English and has professional training in international human rights law.

          Mari-Liis Sepper

          Policy Officer

          Mari-Liis Sepper is a lawyer by training. From 2010 to 2015 she served as the Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner.  As the Commissioner she introduced strategic litigation into work of the equality body resulting in first ever trans person´s rights case before Estonian court. Mari-Liis also led the work of designing an equality measurement framework monitoring the progress towards equality across range of domains and in regards number of characteristics.

          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. Since early 2000s she has collaborated with different women's groups and in previous years with organisations of people with disabilities, Estonian LGBT Union and Human Rights Centre.

          Mari-Liis joined TGEU in 2017 as a Policy Officer.

             

            Documents

            Find here TGEU statutes, activity reports, strategic plan and policies and a fact sheet.

             

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            US State Department

            TGEU is grateful for the financial support received from the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Program of the European Union, the Open Society Foundations, the Dutch Government, the Arcus Foundation, the US State Department and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Sole responsibility for contents lays with TGEU and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission, the Open Society Foundations, the Dutch Government, the Arcus Foundation, the US State Department or the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation.