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Join Europe's first Trans Leaders Academy!

In September 2021, TGEU is launching its Trans Leaders Academy, the first-ever e-learning platform for emerging trans activists in Europe. It aims at supporting, connecting, and elevating a new generation of trans leaders.

The academy will kick off with a series of courses on trans leadership developed by trans experts. Participants will be able to follow, at their own pace, courses in various formats, such as videos, quizzes, and external resources, to strengthen skills and sustainably lead and organise communities.

Programme

Wellbeing and collective care (29 September)

Community organising (6 October)

Who designed the course?
Romario Wanliss is creatively known as MrBlackBranson. Romario is a Jamaican StoryTeller living in the UK using life coaching, music, and spoken word to create awareness on mental health, self care, and positivity. Romario has been featured on Channel 4’s GenderQuake and BBC’s Transgender: Back to Jamaica.

What will the course be about?
This course will equip you with strategies to build resilient movements with a ‘soul’ by centring activists’ wellbeing as an essential part of collective organising.

Who designed the course?
This course is crafted by two seasoned activists, Sacha Ichim and Roxana Marin. Sacha is a trans elder, community builder, and welder since 2013, a fairy godfather of the trans liberation movement in Romania, an artist by heart, activist by mission, educator by passion.  Roxana has been an ally for over 20 years. as a roma woman who has been working with romanian and international human rights organisations since the late 90’s, she came to understand early on that the fight for equality can only be won in tandem. She strongly believes in solidarity, working together, having fun together and crying together. 

What will the course be about?
This course will strengthen your ability to create and share power and knowledge to organise trans communities in an intersectional and sustainable way.

Strength in numbers (20 October)

Strategic communications (27 October)

Who designed the course?
Dinah de Riquet-Bons is a trans lobbyist, HIV and AIDS and sex work activist, as well a former politician for the PvDA-Labor party. In 1991, at the age of 21, she began her life as an activist as a part of Act Up New York’s black and Latino youth group. As Trans United Europe’s co-chair, she is a relentless fighter for the rights of the BPOC-Trans and Sex Work community, PLWH, minorities, and other intersections.

What will the course be about?
This course will strengthen your capacity to build networks with allies and design strategies to capitalise on your networks to navigate and confront oppressive power structures in pushing for your community’s rights.

Who designed the course?
Masen Davis is the interim Executive Director at TGEU. An advocate since 1998, he has served as CEO of Freedom for All Americans, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, and interim co-director of GATE. Masen was one of the founding co-chairs of the International Trans Fund and continues to serve on the board of GATE.

What will the course be about?
This course will equip you with skills to dialogue and negotiate with various stakeholders as well as to effectively communicate and frame your messages to a variety audiences.

What is in it for you?

  • Courses designed by specialised experts who are also trans activists;
  • A network of diverse activists;
  • Tools and resources to help you define your personal leadership purpose, in alignment with the purpose of your organisation (or soon-to-be-created organisation!);
  • Skills to face community challenges, leading teams and projects, and dealing with complexity, while taking care of yourself and your community;
  • A certificate of completion which will be emailed to you upon completion of the programme;
  • A supportive TGEU team!

To join the Trans Leaders Academy you must:

  • Be a member of TGEU;
  • … that’s it!

How to enroll?

The first course will be launched on Wednesday 29 September, followed by weekly launches (see programme above). The platform will allow you to learn at your own pace and offer many opportunities with various learning styles, e.g videos, quizzes, written input. 

Mark your calendar! From Wednesday 29 September, click on the button below to enrol! A link and code will be shared with you, allowing you to enter the e-learning space. 

Accessibility

  • All content will be in English
  • Videos will be captioned in English

More about TGEU

TGEU is a European-based umbrella organisation supporting, fighting, and advocating for the rights and wellbeing of trans people across Europe and Central Asia. TGEU is committed to intersectional justice and trans rights through advocacy, campaigning, researching, community building, and networking with alliances. The organisation represents more than 170 member organisations in 47 countries.