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TGEU eNews

1 March 2013

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TGEU Steering Committee with members of Staff, September 2012



With the beginning of March, TGEU is looking forward to many new opportunities and events.

We would like to invite you to check out our newest publications –Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide – A Comparative Review of the Human-rights Situation of Gender-variant/Trans Peopleand the Human Rights and Gender Identity – Best Practice Catalogue.

Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT)

The comprehensive research report presents, discusses and contextualises the key findings of two sub-projects. The first is the Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM), a systematic collection, monitoring and analysis of reported killings of gender-variant/trans people worldwide. The second sub-project is the Legal and Health Care Mapping, which provides an overview of existing laws, law proposals, and actual legal and health-care practices relevant to gender-variant/trans people.

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Human Rights & Gender Identity Best Practice Catalogue

The Catalogue is a follow-up to Commissioner Hammarberg’s landmark 2009 Issue Paper. It presents a number of policy, legal and practical inspirations from countries in Europe and beyond on how the 12 recommendations contained in the Issue Paper could be implemented. TGEU and ILGA-Europe are pleased to have jointly contributed towards this document and hope that it will be useful for the advancement of equality of trans people in all spheres of life.

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The new Steering Committee together with TGEU’s staff met during the second weekend of January near Prenzlau, Germany, for its second live meeting. The meeting aimed to make us professionalize our way of working and TGEU as organization through evaluating and defining procedures, roles, internal structure and our skills. Discussed were as well Transgender Europe’s current situation, our work plan from 2012 and for 2013, strategies and various other topics.

The live meeting has also seen changes in the Steering Committee itself. Maria Sundin, who was elected Co-Chair during TGEU’s General Assembly in Dublin on September 8th 2012, decided to resign from her position. She will continue to serve in the capacity as a member of our Steering Committee for the remaining period until 2014.

Due to this situation, and according to TGEU statutes, the Steering Committee has chosen an acting Co-Chair who will remain in hir position until our next General Assembly in 2014. The newly elected Co-Chair is Kemal Ördek from Turkey, whom the remaining Executive Board finds an excellent addition to the team. Hir brief biography can be found on our website.

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TGEU strengthened the trans voices at the ILGA world conference in Stockholm 

Global Panel on progress, achievements, and challenges in the regions at the trans pre conference: from right to left Carla LaGata (moderator), Wiktor Dynarski (Europe), Tamara Adrián (South America), Dawn Madrona (Asia), Nikki Mawanda (Africa), and Rani Ravundi (Oceania).

More than 450 activists from more than 100 countries in the world met at the ILGA-world conference in December 2012 in Stockholm. The conference was preceded by roughly a dozen pre-conferences and regional caucuses. Trans activists from around the globe met in the 2-day Trans pre conference to discuss issues relevant on the global level such as the Argentinian Law on Gender Identity, the reform of the ICD 10, sex work and empowerment and visibility of trans people.
At the same time RFSL hosted an expert conference on transphobic hate violence, to which TGEU members were invited as experts. Seven TGEU activists came to Stockholm, some of whom took part in the second intersex forum held in conjunction with the conference. TGEU and its partners from the Global South and East held a 2-day Strategic Planning meeting for the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) project before the conferences, and launched the TvT research report at the pre-conferences and the main conference.

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SRS requirement equals torture, says The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture

Slowly, it seems things are speeding up for trans people at the United Nations. The most recent victory is that the yearly report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment to the General Assembly now unequivocally posits that requiring trans people to change their body, to have to undergo genital surgery in order to get their gender recognized, equals torture.

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TGEU participates in hearing about future Gender Recognition Act in France

TGEU was invited to a hearing of a French Senatorial working group drafting Legal Gender Recognition Act in the next months. The audition took place on January 31st 2013 in Paris, where TGEU participated alongside with national trans organizations and the Council of Europe LGBT Unit. The legal draft shall be finished within the 1st quarter of 2013.

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“Rejection and Unawareness: Eurobarometer’s first findings on attitudes towards trans people”

Europeans are unaware of trans people and reject them at great levels reveals the today published Eurobarometer. EU Commission vows to step up future actions for trans people and commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Equality Summit in Nicosia, Cyprus. Designated EU Health Commissioner pledges to fight for transgender people not being considered mentally ill.

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UN: Historic First Condemnation of Killings Based on Gender Identity

An international coalition of organizations dedicated to human rights celebrates the historic vote in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.


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