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

Kami Mathiasin

Kay Foulkes

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

Mimi Aum Neko

Toryn Glavin

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.

    Boglarka Fedorko

    Project Manager

    Boglarka joined TGEU in February 2014 as the project manager of the ProTrans project, aiming to better protect trans people and their communities in Europe against violence and impunity.

    She is an archaeologist and economist by training, who is passionate about human rights and has been active in diverse fields, such as international education inclusion projects, Roma rights advocacy and sex worker empowerment. Prior to working at TGEU, she has developed and managed projects at the Open Society Foundations and various grassroots organisations in Hungary. She has experience in advocacy, training delivery and capacity-building work at national, European and UN levels, including on gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive rights and decriminalisation of sex work.

    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.

      Akim Giroux

      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.

      • Email Lukas Berredo

      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.

      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.

        Chloé

        Community Building Intern

        Chloé joined TGEU's team in Berlin in March 2018. He has been involved for 3 years as an activist in the Paris-based Black feminist group MWASI. Chloé is dedicated to integrating intersectional perspectives into the struggles he contributes to.

        He will be working on community building and the organisation of the 7th European Transgender Council.

          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.

               

              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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              Beeldmerk Govt of the Netherlands

               

              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.