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 2007. 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.

            Mina Tolu

            Communications Officer

            Mina has been working in LGBTQ activism for the past 7 years; including through their work for We Are – the LGBTQI Youth & Student Organisation in Malta (2010 - 2014), and as a board member of IGLYO - the International LGBTQI Youth and Student Organisation (2014 - 2015). After completing studies in communications they coordinated a national referendum campaign for an environmental NGO in Malta.

            Mina speaks English, Italian, German, and Maltese.

             

            Documents

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

            Members

            Transgender Europe is a membership based organisation. TGEU currently has 112 member organisations in 44 different countries (March 2018).

            Click here if you are interested in becoming a member.

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            Albania

            PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro Albania pinkembassy.al icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Armenia

            “Bekum” Democracy Support Center lgbtnews.am 

            Right Side NGO rightsidengo.com icon-fb-over

            We for Civil Equality wfce.am

            Austria

            TransX transx.at

            Belgium

            çavaria cavaria.be icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Genres Pluriels genrespluriels.be icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Transgender Infopunt transinfo.be icon-fb-over

            RainbowHouse Brussels rainbowhouse.be icon-fb-over

            Bulgaria

            Bilitis Resource Center Foundation bilitis.org icon-fb-over

            Croatia

            Trans Aid Croatia transaid.hr icon-fb-over

            Cyprus

            ACCEPT-LGBT Cyprus acceptcy.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Envision Diversity

            Queer Cyprus Association icon-fb-over

            Czech Republic

            TransFusion,z.s. trans-fusion.org icon-fb-over

            TRANS*PARENT transparentprague.cz icon-fb-over

            Denmark

            LGBT Denmark lgbt.dk icon-fb-over

            Transpolitisk Forum icon-fb-over

            Finland

            DreamwearClub ry dreamwearclub.net

            HeSeta heseta.fi icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Sateenkaariperheet – Regnbågsfamiljer ry sateenkaariperheet.fi icon-fb-over

            Seta ry seta.fi icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            TransAmbassadors Finland  icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Trasek ry trasek.net icon-fb-over

            France

            Espace Santé Trans espacesantetrans.fr

            HES Homosexualités & Socialisme hes-france.org   icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Acceptess Transgenres icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Georgia

            Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group  women.ge, minority.ge, lesbi.org.ge icon-fb-over

            Germany

            Deutsche Gesellschaft für Transidentität und Intersexualität e.V. dgti.org

            Federal Working Group Inter Trans of the United Services Trade Union ver.di regenbogen.verdi.de

            HXM Hanse-X-Men hansexmen.de

            Schwulenberatung Berlin gGmbH schwulenberatungberlin.de

            TransInterQueer e.V. transinterqueer.org icon-fb-over

            Trans Recht e.V. – Solinetz Bremen und Umzu trans-recht.de

            German Federal Transorganisation bv-trans.de icon-fb-over

            Greece

            Greek LGBT PwD icon-fb-over

            Greek Transgender Support Association transgender-association.gr icon-fb-over

            Colour Youth – Athens LGBTQ Youth Community colouryouth.gr icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Hungary

            Háttér Society hatter.hu icon-fb-over

            Transvanilla Transgender Association transvanilla.hu icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Iceland

            Trans-Iceland trans.samtokin78.is icon-fb-over

            Ireland

            BeLonGTo Youth Service belongto.org  icon-fb-over  icon-twitter-over

            Transgender Equality Network Ireland teni.ie icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Israel

            Hoshen hoshen.org icon-fb-over

            Italy

            Arcigay, Italian LGBT Association arcigay.it  icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            MIT mit-italia.it icon-fb-over

            Kazakhstan

            Human Health Institute icon-fb-over

            Kyrgyzstan

            Labrys labrys.kg icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Lithuania

            Association Lithuanian Gay League lgl.lt icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Luxembourg

            Intersex & Transgender Luxembourg asbl itgl.lu icon-fb-over

            Rosa Lëtzebuerg asbl. rosa-letzebuerg.lu icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Macedonia

            LGBT United Tetovo lgbtunited.org icon-fb-over

            Malta

            Malta Gay Rights Movement maltagayrights.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Montenegro

            LGBT Forum Progress lgbtprogres.me icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Queer Montenegro queermontenegro.org icon-fb-over

            Netherlands

            Transgender Netwerk Nederland transgendernetwerk.nl icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Transman.nl transman.nl icon-twitter-over

            TransMotion Foundation transcreen.org icon-fb-over

            Norway

            Association of Transgendered People in Norway ftpn.no

            The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity foreningenfri.no icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Oslo and Akershus foreningenfri.no/llh-oslo-og-akershus

            Queer Youth Norway skeivungdom.no icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Poland

            Trans-Fuzja Foundation transfuzja.org icon-fb-over

            Portugal

            Association for Identity https://apidentidade.wordpress.com icon-fb-over

            GRIT – Group of Reflection and Intervention about Transexuality ilga-portugal.pt icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Romania

            ACCEPT Association accept-romania.ro icon-fb-over

            TRANSform icon-fb-over

            Russia

            Russian LGBT Network lgbtnet.ru

            Social Project for Transgender People “LAVERNA”

            Transgender Legal Defense Project pravo-trans.eu icon-fb-over

            “Coming Out” LGBT Initiative Group icon-fb-over

            Service project for transgender people and their close ones “T9 NSK”  t9nsk.org  vkontakte

            Service project for transgender people “T*Revers” icon-fb-over

            Serbia

            Center for promotion of LGBTIQ rights, GAYTEN-LGBT transserbia.org icon-fb-over

            ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey lgbti-era.org  icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Slovakia

            TransFúzia transfuzia.org icon-fb-over

            Slovenia

            TransAction icon-fb-over

            Kvartir drustvokvartir.wordpress.com icon-fb-over

            Cultural, informational and counselling centre Legebitra icon-fb-over

            Spain

            Colectibo “LAS TRANS (…)”

            Col·lectiu Lambda Valencia lambdavalencia.org/es icon-fb-over

            Daniela Foundation fundaciondaniela.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Fuzzy Sets – Trans Autonomy autonomiatrans.es icon-fb-over

            Sweden

            Swedish Youth Federation for LGBTQ Rights rfslungdom.se  icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights – rfsl.se

            The Transgender Association FPES fpes.se

            Trans* Fest Stockholm https://transfeststockholm.org  icon-fb-over

            Switzerland

            Agnodice Foundation agnodice.ch

            Transgender Network Switzerland tgns.ch icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Tajikistan

            Equal opportunities

            Turkey

            Black Pink Triangle Izmir Association siyahpembe.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Counseling Center For Transgender People icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Istanbul LGBTT icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Mersin LGBT 7Renk Association icon-fb-over

            Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association pembehayat.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association kirmizisemsiye.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Social Policies Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association spod.org.tr icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Ukraine

            HPLGBT HPLGBT.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over youtube.com/user/HPLGBT

            Insight insight-ukraine.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            UK

            Focus:the identity trust thefocustrust.com icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers rmt.org.uk

            The Metro Centre Limited metrocentreonline.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Scottish Transgender Alliance – Equality Network scottishtrans.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            UK Trans Info uktrans.info

             Networks

            The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Youth & Student Organisation iglyo.com icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Network of European LGBT Families Associations nelfa.org icon-fb-over icon-twitter-over

            Trans* Network Balkan icon-fb-over

            Post-Soviet Trans Coalition transcoalition.info icon-fb-over

             

             

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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.