Posted on 16. April 2012 in European Transgender Council



All Delegates will receive a copy in their delegate packs. no need to print out!

Any changes to the programme can be found here online and at the registration desk.

Tentative Programme

(check back regularly for changes)

Thursday 6th September 
17.00 – 19.00 Meet and Greet Event (Delegate Registration Opens)
Friday 7th September
9.00 – 10.00 Delegate Registration
10.00 – 11.10 Keynote Address
11.10 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Realizing Recognition (1st Panel)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Parallel Workshops (1 – 7)
16.00 – 16.20 Coffee Break
16.20 – 17.20 Parallel Workshops (8-14)
17:30 – 19:00 Self-Organized Spaces (1 – 5)
19.30–22.00 Reception & Cultural Event
Saturday 8th September
10.00 – 11.10 Hate Crime, Hate Speech, and Transphobia (2nd Panel)
11.10 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Parallel Workshops (15 -21)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15:45 Parallel Workshops (22 – 28)
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 19.00 TGEU General Assembly
19.00 – 20:00 Self-Organized Spaces (5 – 10)
21.30 – Late Social Event (Off campus)
Sunday 9th September 
10.00 – 11.30 Empowering the Trans* Community (3rd Panel)
11.30 – 12.00 Closing Remarks
12.00 – 13.30 Light Lunch

The programme is only tentative and may be subject to change. Please check regularly on for changes and updates.

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Dr. Pamela Gallagher, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU
Wiktor Dynarski, Transgender Europe Co-Chair
Maria Sundin, Transgender Europe Acting Co-Chair

Dr. Martine Cuypers, TENI Chairperson


Keynote Address

Minister Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection

Michael Farrell, Senior Solicitor at FLAC
Senator Katherine Zappone

Minister Joan Burton was appointed Minister for Social Protection in March 2011 and is Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. She is TD for her Dublin West constituency and was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 1992. She studied Commerce at University College Dublin and was among the first women to become a chartered accountant in Ireland. She has previously served as hon. secretary of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Overseas Aid, Minister of State in Foreign Affairs and Minister of State in Social Welfare. The Minister will shortly be introducing legislation that provides Legal Gender Recognition of transgender people.

Michael Farrell is senior solicitor with the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC). He became involved in the civil rights movement and has been a campaigner for many prominent civil rights cases since that time. He is a former co-chairperson of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and over the years has been appointed as a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission, the Steering Committee of the National Action Plan Against Racism and the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance. Michael famously worked on the landmark Lydia Foy case, which forced Ireland into a position where it must now legislate for Legal Gender Recognition.

Dr. Katherine Zappone is an educator, public policy and human rights expert. She was appointed as a Senator to Seanad Éireann (Irish Senate) by an Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) in 2011. She was a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission for two terms. Katherine Zapponeand her spouse, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan are Co-founders of An Cosán in Tallaght, one of the largest community education and enterprise centres in Ireland. Katherine and Ann Louise have been in the Irish courts since 2003, seeking the human right to marry under the Irish Constitution.


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Description of the Panels


Panel 1

Legal Gender Recognition

Legal gender recognition or the ability to change one’s name and gender in all official documentation is a core issue for many transgender people. In recent years there has been increased awareness in civil society and among human rights activists regarding the need for simple and transparent gender recognition procedures that centre around the human rights of trans* people – their physical integrity, privacy, and dignity. Despite very promising developments in several countries in Europe and beyond (Argentina!), the majority of countries still require restrictive and dehumanising criteria for legal gender recognition.

The panel will highlight how positive developments in legal gender recognition have been achieved and explore how to replicate these successes in other countries.


Mauro Cabral – Co-Director of GATE (Global Action for Transgender Equality), Argentina

Broden Giambrone – Director of TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland)

Wiktor Dynarski – Trans-Fuzja, Poland

Tymur Lysenko – Insight, Ukraine

Magaly Lhotel – Lawyer, France

Moderator: Alecs Recher – Lawyer, member of Zurich City Parliament, TGNS (Transgender Network Switzerland)


Panel 2

Hate Crime, Hate Speech, and Transphobia

In February 2006, Gisberta Salce Júnior, a Brazilian trans* person and sex worker living in extreme social exclusion in the Portuguese city of Porto was tortured, raped, and murdered in an abandoned construction site. This horrible hate crime was followed by transphobic reactions in Portuguese society. Alarmed by this, the newly formed European Transgender Network TGEU began its first international campaign “Justice for Gisberta” to support the Portuguese activists and raise awareness of transphobic hate crimes. TGEU’s Trans Murder Monitoring project revealed a total of 53 murdered trans* people in Europe over the last four years. It is clear that trans* sex workers and migrants are particularly vulnerable to hate crime, hate speech, and day-to-day transphobia.

The panel will contextualise this phenomena and discuss the possibilities of international action by Transgender Europe and its allies in addressing hate crime, hate speech, and transphobia.


Kemal Ördek – Turkey

Carla LaGata – TvT (Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide)

Jo Schedlbauer – TransX, Austria

Silvan Agius – ILGA Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)

Moderator: Ruth Baldacchino – MGRM (Malta Gay Rights Movement)


Panel 3

Empowering the Trans* Community

The trans community has recent successes to celebrate: the Gender Identity Bill in Argentina; the first trans* person elected to Polish Parliament; the Swedish government announcing the removal of the sterilization requirement for gender recognition for autumn 2012; a transphobic ad pulled in Ireland due to pressure from trans* advocates. Trans* organisations are rapidly emerging to provide a stronger voice to trans* people, supporting them to demand their human rights.

This panel will explore how trans activists can positively influence social change using a variety of tactics. We will identify what lessons can be learned from activism at all levels (grassroots, local, national, international), how finances and resources can shape our struggles and the best way to promote collaboration between the trans community and it’s allies.


Vanessa Lacey – TENI, Ireland

Ulrika Westerlund – RFSL (Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights)

Niall Crowley (Human Rights Expert, Ireland)

Moderator: David Caroll (BeLonGTo, Ireland)



List of Workshops

Workshops 1 – 7 (90 min) 14:30 – 16:00 Friday 7th Sept
  1. Family Communications – Managing Family Transitions Positively (Paula Lonergan)
  2. It’s Time for ICD Reform! + Trans* Mental Health (Mauro Cabral + James Morton)
  3. An Introduction to the Specialities of International Cases (Alecs Recher + Constantin Cojocariu)
  4. Sex Workers and Trans* Solidarity (Luca Stevenson Darkholme)
  5. Lust Anatomy and Fruit Sculptures (Leslie Sherlock + Zafire Vbra)
  6. Brothers & Sisters – Brosters & Sithers: What Common Goals do the Trans* and Intersex Movements Share? (Ins A Kromminga)
  7. Presentation of the TGEU Financial & Activity Report** (TGEU Steering Committee)
Workshops 8 – 14 (60 min) 16:20 – 17:20 Friday 7th Sept
  1. The Least of These My Brothers and Sisters – A Discussion of Age Limits (Lukas Romson)
  2. Consultation with the Membership on Trans* Health and Human Rights (Richard Köhler)
  3. Don’t Forget the T!: Including Trans* Issues in LGBTQ Youth Activism (Sadja Halina Jordan)
  4. Fundamental Rights Agency’s survey on fundamental rights of LGBT persons in the European Union, and future research (Dennis van der Veur)
  5. Trans and the Arts: Cultural Responses to Transgender Experience in Ireland (Orlaith O’Sullivan, Alison McDonnell, Max Krzyzanowski)
  6. Effective Communication and Influence. How to overcome Resistance (Carolien van de Lagemaat + Corine van Dun)
  7. TGEU Intersex Policy Group** (Wiktor Dynarski + Kristian Randelovic)
Workshops 15 – 21 (90 min) 11:30 – 13:00 Saturday 8th Sept
  1. Where is the Money for Trans* Rights? (Justus Eisfeld)
  2. ILGA-Europe Annual Review, Map and Index (Silvan Agius)
  3. Legal Gender Recognition “Fishbowl” Workshop (Maria Sundin and others)
  4. Appreciative Inquiry – A Technique to Enhance Trans* Equality Work (Sam Rankin)
  5. “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” Project (Dr Carsten Balzer (Carla LaGata) + Dr Jan Simon Hutta)
  6. Trans Act/ivism: Theory and Practice of Trans Political Performance (Josephine Krieg)
  7. TGEU Sex Work Policy** (Kemal Ördek)
Workshops 22 – 28 (75 min) 14:30 – 15:45 Saturday 8th Sept
  1. Using the UN Human Rights Mechanisms for Advancing Trans* Rights (Kseniya Kirichenko + Justus Eisfeld)
  2. Trans* In The Media – How To Improve Media Coverage (Leo Yannick Wild + Alecs Recher + Broden Giambrone)
  3. Amnesty International’s work on the human rights of trans people in Europe (Emily Gray + Marco Perolini)
  4. Person Centred Interventions for the Transgender Community (Vanessa Lacey)
  5. Feeling Safe Turns Me On! (Ulrika Westerlund)
  6. Trans* Enough?! (Valentin Emerson + Vreer Verkerke)
  7. TGEU Constitutional Changes & Strategic Planning** (TGEU Steering Committee)
There may be presenters besides those named in brackets.
Workshops with (**) welcome TGEU members to discuss issues pertaining to TGEU as an organization. These workshops have recommendation power towards the TGEU General Assembly.


Self-Organised Spaces
Self-organised spaces can be arranged on any subject of interest to the delegates on Friday, 16:20 – 17:00 and Saturday, 19:00 – 20:00. These may be planned or spontaneous. The self-organised space may be booked at the council on a designated chart. The spaces will be allocated on a ‘first come – first served’ basis.
For Friday three spaces have already been allocated to:
  1. Working Meeting of Eastern European and Central Asian Trans* Organisations (Kiromiddin Gulov)
  2. Trans* Organising in The Western Balkans and Turkey (Kemal Ördek, Kristian Randjelovic + Arian Kajtezovic)
  3. Nordic Trans* Network (Maria Sundin + Arja Voipio + Anna Kristjansdottir + Stein Frydenlund)

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