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TGEU eNews

16 September 2013

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A Message from the Steering Committee

What’s happening with TGEU?TGEU Staff and Steering (Photo by Wiktor)

TGEU Steering Committee and staff meeting in Berlin, September 2013

See you soon in Budapest!


5th Transgender Council to be organized by TransVanilla

The first ever council held in Eastern Europe will take place in Hungary a country which is an excellent site for building bridges between Eastern and Western Europe. Budapest is one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe. Often called the Little Paris of Middle Europe, or the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest located at the crossroads of West and East making it a perfect place for opening dialogues.We feel that hosting the largest European forum for transgender rights and activism in Budapest is an important step in building new alliances between Eastern and Western Europe. It is an excellent opportunity to bring together activists from different kinds of areas in a slightly different atmosphere than usually.

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Our Steering Committee and the staff return to their usual activities after a relaxing few weeks of vacation.Starting the last 3 months of 2013, the SC met in Berlin to discuss the next Transgender Council, the future of Transgender Europe, its developing strategy for the upcoming years and to plan some exciting activities.

Changes are also on the way as two members of the Committee decided to step down. Maria Sundin (our former Secretary and Co-Chair, who has been a part of the SC since the 2010 Council in Malmoe, Sweden) and Kim Trau have decided to pursue a different path and we would like to wish them all the best on this new journey.

At the same time, remembering how important it is to have a well-functioning team, we invite you to become an active member of the Steering Committee.

If you consider yourself an active community leader, willing to take up the task of running an international organisation drop us a line at


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 TGEU invited to intervene at the European Court of Human Rights

In the case of H v Finland, the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decided that by demanding forced divorce as a pre-requisite for legal gender recognition Member States do not violate human rights. With the support of Interights the applying trans woman H brought her case to the Grand Chamber (second instance of the Court) which will hear it on October 16th, 2013.The case of H is of great importance for all of us. This will be the first test whether the Court itself will start to follow the position taken by the Commissioner for Human Rights and several other Council of Europe bodies declaring abusive requirements like forced dissolution of marriage to be a violation of the Rights protected by the Convention.

To support her cause, TGEU requested the Court to grant us leave for submitting a third party intervention. We are delighted that, despite the Court turning down most of the other requests for such interventions, TGEU was invited to hand in one.

New project to better protect trans people against violence
Against Violence

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ProTrans – Protecting Transgender People from Violence in Eastern Europe is a project aiming to better protect trans people and their communities against violence and impunity.

Five trans-rights organisations in Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia and Turkey will work together under the guidance of TGEU.

In ProTrans a systematic yet simple monitoring system is developed and implemented to help local trans-rights organisations to monitor incidences of violence. Participating organisations will offer support for survivors of violence and increase rights awareness among the trans population. The project provides also some means to pursue legal action and redress on the local level.

Based on findings from the monitoring, materials will be developed to support domestic advocacy pressing for appropriate policy responses to end the violence and impunity.

Starting in October 2013, ProTrans is planned for two years. The project receives financial support from the US State Department.

We rememberWe remember

Photo: Trans-Fuzja Foundation, Poland

We would like you to take a moment to remember those persons from our membership region who have been killed as the result of hate crimes. 


France: Mylène in Couzeix, Limoges. She was murdered with hammer blows and found dead in her home on the evening of July 25. 2013Serbia: Darko Vujanovic was found cruelly murdered on the night of June 19 2013 in his house in Belgrade.

In Turkey we know of at least four deaths since half  May.

On July 9 2013, Dora Özer in Kusadasi has been killed. The exact cause of death is unknown yet
Also on July 9 Dora from Ankara has been found stabbed.

Gaye, who sold flowers has been found strangled on the 29th of July in her home in downtown Istanbul

Izmir Doga committed suicide because she was bullied too much by her boyfriend

May their souls rest in peace

Get ready for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 

This year’s International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization is taking place on Saturday, October 19th, 2013.

The slogan of the 2013 Call to Action is “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”.

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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.