Posted on 24. September 2014 in European Transgender Council, Events

Dear TGEU members, friends, and allies,
TGEU’s 10-year anniversary is coming up in
2015, and we want to celebrate it with all of you at the next European
 Transgender Council in 2016!
We are therefore looking for activists and
 allies to organise and host the European Transgender Council in their city in 
the early summer of 2016, with support from TGEU’s Steering Committee and
 staff. We will use the occasion to celebrate TGEU’s 10-year anniversary, so it
 promises to be a very special 6th edition of the Council.

is the Council?

The European Transgender Council is the 
largest gathering of trans* activists and their friends and allies in Europe.
The last European Transgender Council, which 
took place in May this year in Budapest, was held in cooperation with 
Transvanilla, the Hungarian trans* organisation, under the tagline “Trans*:
Safe & Equal!” and attracted the attendance of about 200 trans* and LGBTQI
 activists and their friends and allies, including high-level officials. More 
information about this last Council can be found here:
The European Transgender Councils are an 
important meeting place for trans* communities and local and European
 politicians and decision makers. Hosting the 6th European Transgender Council
 will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen dialogue with decision makers 
and to engage in advocacy work. Additionally, a lot of work, fun and friendship 
awaits the hosts of this amazing event.

 of the Organising Group

The role of the organising group or 
organisation is to handle the logistics and organisation in the host city (such
 as finding and booking a conference venue and hotel) and to obtain financing 
for the Council (see below).
As the local organising team, you should be
a group or a registered organisation. If you are a group that is not part of a 
registered organisation, then you should co-operate with and have the full
 support of a registered organisation.
From experience gained from previous 
Councils, we know that it is a significant advantage if your organisation has 
established links to local authorities and has worked with them before. Good
 contacts with the Foreign Ministry, in order to get support for visas for 
guests and speakers, are important as well. TGEU has 80 member organisations in
 Europe and Central Asia, and therefore many of the delegates will need visas to 
travel to your country or the Schengen area.
You will also need the full support of the
 local trans* community, especially in order to find dedicated volunteers, whose
 support is absolutely necessary for a successful event.

of the Council

TGEU will not be able to cover all the costs 
of the Council, which means that you need to come up with a viable plan for obtaining 
funding and to be able to plan the anticipated costs of the Council, such as for
 food, venue, and logistics. Bear in mind that the registration fee needs to be 
kept at an affordable level and that provisions will be needed so that
 delegates on a low income can attend.
TGEU will be able to provide technical 
assistance to help obtain funding, and TGEU will take the full responsibility 
for securing funding for international scholarships.

provided by TGEU

TGEU’s Steering Committee will provide support
 to the organising team throughout the process. The development of the contents 
of the Council, i.e. publishing calls for workshops and inviting speakers and 
workshop holders, will be the responsibility of TGEU’s Steering Committee and
 staff. TGEU will also publicise the event through its networks. In addition, organisers
 from earlier Councils have offered to share their experience and to assist with 
advice and information. For questions about the level of support offered,
 please contact us at the address below.


– You need to be a group of at least five
people that form the core organising team
– You need the full support of a registered
organisation that is based in your city
– You will need to have experience in
organising bigger events, including securing funding
– You need to be able to host the event in
the second half of May or the first half of June, 2016

 & when to apply

Please hand in your application by e-mail no
later than 18. November 2014 to
The application should include:
– A description of your organisation/group 
and its relationship to the local trans* community and officials (including
 short CVs of the core organising group and their experience in organising 
– A letter of motivation: why you want to 
organise the council and which ideas you may have already
– A preliminary budget of the Council,
 including ideas on where to apply for further funding

With best wishes and in solidarity,

The Steering Committee of Transgender Europe