Posted on 22. July 2013 in Resources


TGEU eNews

22 July 2013

Welcome to TGEU’s eNewsletter

A Message from the Steering Committee

What’s happening with TGEU?

TGEU Steering Committee with members of Staff, January 2013

Prepairing for the next half of 2013, we would like to draw your attention to our newest publications – the Trans Rights Europe Map & Index 2013 and the Trans in the Spotlight! We also encourage you to read the findings of the FRA LGBT Survey.

Trans Rights Europe Map & Index 2013

For the first time TGEU publishes a Trans Rights Europe Map & Index. The map shows that 24 countries in Europe require sterilization in legal gender recognition while a total of 16 countries do  not provide for any possibility to change name and gender at all.

This means that transgender people remain barred from active participation in social and economic life. Applying for a job, opening a bank account, boarding a plane can be challenging or even be impossible.

Read more

Trans in the Spotlight!

In the Spotlight! Trans in theRecommendation of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity 

What is the Recommendation? Why does it matter?

The Spotlight publication gives an overview what the recommendation is, why it matters to trans people and what should be done by member states to its implementation.

Did you know?

You can now follow TGEU’s latest news both on facebook and twitter!

You can also support our work through the LGBTSupports IOS app!

Visit and download the app!

The Steering Committee of TGEU met in April 2013 in Brussels to  evaluate its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan and discuss internal processes, including solutions to actively involve the memebership in the organization’s processes.

Between May 25th and June 1st the Executive Board held the  Extraordinary Online General Assembly which finalized most of the decisions taken by the Dublin 2012 meeting.

The Steering Committee is happy to see the organization growing almost day by day, as today there are more than 70 member groups of our network, giving us a proper mandate to work on transgender human rights in Europe and beyond.

We thank you for that trust and looking forward to working for the benefit of our communities.

Get to know the SC

 Council of Europe Committee hears and addresses transgender human rights violations

Vanessa Lacey (TENI) during the meeting of the Comittee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 

On May 24th 2013, the Comittee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe  discussed transgender issues.

Dr. Nicolas Beger (Amnesty International) and Vanessa Lacey (TENI) spoke to the Parliamentarians about the human rights situation of trans people in Europe with Vanessa Lacey giving ample testimony on how it is to be trans in Ireland.

Listen to Vanessa Lacey’s speech
(contains descriptions of transphobic violence!)

Read the full story

TGEU Statement on Transgender Arrests to improve image of Thessaloniki

Greek Minister Citizen Protection Dendias (photo) justified recent systematic police harassment of transgender women in Thessaloniki as an action to “improve the image” of city areas. In a reply to questions from three parliamentarians he wrote the aim of the “Special Operational Action Plan” is to “tackle, among others, prostitution and exploitation of the sexual life of socially and economically vulnerable individuals, to enhance citizens’ feeling of safety and to improve the image of the abovementioned areas”.

Crack-down in Thessaloniki must Stop Immediately!

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TGEU welcomes LGBTI Guidelines for EU foreign relations

On June 24th, EU member states agreed on the LGBTI Guidelines which are the first binding policy instructing EU diplomats how to defend human rights of LGBTI people around the globe.

The guidelines are an example of how a strategic approach by the EU towards LGBTI issues could look like. It is the first EU document adopted by all member states that provides for a definition of transgender and gender identity. Analytical questions guide diplomats to better assess inter alia criminalization of transgender identities, gender-based violence, how trans people can access legal gender recognition, effective discrimination employment protection or gender reassignment treatment.

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Finally: Forced sterilizations removed from the Swedish legislation

Even though the forced sterilization requirement is removed, more changes are needed for many trans people to become biological parents. Embryo donation must be allowed so trans men can get the same opportunity as other men to donate gametes to their partner. The so-called presumption of paternity also needs to be gender-neutral. This is needed for several reasons, but among other things since no longer only legal men can contribute genetically to the children born within a marriage.

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Australia: historic national discrimination law

As OII Australia reports, a new bill introduces protections in Commonwealth anti-discrimination law on the new grounds of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘gender identity’, ‘intersex status’ and ‘marital or relationship status’

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Transgender Europe (TGEU)

European network of trans and other organisations that support or work for the rights of transgender/transsexual/ gender variant people, and like-minded individuals.
The mission of TGEU is to support and strengthen the trans movement and to work for trans equality in Europe and beyond


Transgender Europe – TGEU works towards full equality for all gender variant people in Europe.