Posted on 15. September 2013 in European Transgender Council


See you soon in Budapest!







Dear members, friends and allies,

We are half a year before the 5th European Transgender Council Trans*: Safe and Equal! that will take place in Budapest on 1 – 4 May 2014. You are invited to join this festive occasion of more than 200 trans activists coming together from allover Europe and beyond. A packed conference program will offer you a range of panels, workshops, keynote speeches and opportunities to meet, exchange, learn and network.

Trans*: Safe and Equal!stands for a growing and confident trans community but also makes clear that the right to life and dignity need to be realized first for it to prosper. Together we want to explore better ways on how to protect trans people from violence and advance equality for all.

We will gather in the Rubin Hotel on the Buda side of Budapest. The great team of volunteers of Transvanilla will be waiting to make your stay as good as possible.

On Thursday evening there will be a meet & greet and from Friday the conference will burst loose. On Saturday afternoon traditionally the TGEU General Assembly takes place.

Next month we will issue calls for workshop holders and scholarships. In February, registration will open. Stay tuned for a reduced early-bird option and check regularly back for news on the Council website:

The Transgender Europe Steering Committee and TransVanilla are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Budapest!


Wiktor Dynarski                                          Krisztina Orban

(TGEU)                                                       (TransVanilla)



5th Transgender Council to be organized by TransVanilla


The first ever council held in Eastern Europe will take place in Hungary a country which is an excellent site for building bridges between Eastern and Western Europe. Budapest is one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe. Often called the Little Paris of Middle Europe, or the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest located at the crossroads of West and East making it a perfect place for opening dialogues.

It is considered to be one of the most vibrant and wonderful cities in Europe where the charm of old times and the characteristics of cosmopolitan living are blended. The broad river Danube runs through the middle of this two-million metropolis, cutting across the diverse landscapes of hilly Buda and low-lying Pest.

The two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, represent two different characters of the city. Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer the experience of medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins while the dynamic Pest side hosts the largest parliament building in Europe, picturesque riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses.

The city’s cultural life is extremely diverse with a rich variety of musical venues, concerts, art events and theaters. With its museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and other historic buildings, numerous turkish baths and swimming pools the city offers many various ways of spending your time here in a way that best suits your needs and preferences.

We feel that hosting the largest European forum for transgender rights and activism in Budapest is an important step in building new alliances between Eastern and Western Europe. It is an excellent opportunity to bring together activists from different kinds of areas in a slightly different atmosphere than usually.

This time, our host organization is TransVanilla.