ILGA-Europe publications and resources

Find publications and resources from ILGA-Europe on transgender issues.

Report on gender discrimination in employment and access to goods and services - June 2011

Read and download the joint ILGA-Europe and Transgender Europe monitoring report regarding access to goods and services (Directive 2004/113/EC) and employment and occupation (Directive 2006/54/EC) here.

Report on gender discrimination in education and financial services - December 2010

Read the joint contribution by ILGA-Europe, Transgender Europe and OII-Germany towards the European Commission’s assessment of the state of affairs vis-à-vis gender discrimination in education and the provision of financial services.

Transgender people and the Gender Recast Directive - Implementation Guidelines (December 2009)

The aim of these Guidelines is to provide an introduction to the content of the Gender Recast Directive and an overview of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, and their relevance for trans people living in the European Union. These Guidelines are also designed to give guidance on how to improve the implementation of the Gender Recast Directive vis-a-vis gender identity, and to ensure equality for all trans people in the countries where the Directive is applicable.

Download the publication in LARGE PRINT here.

Two posters on the rights of trans people (December 2009)

ILGA-Europe has produced two posters focusing on the rights of transgender people.

  • Discrimination against transsexual employees is illegal
  • Transgender people are not mentally ill

Contribution to the consultation on the roadmap for equality between women and men 2006-2010 and follow up strategy

ILGA-Europe's contribution to the consultation on the roadmap for equality between women and men 2006-2010 and follow up strategy. Prepared in full consultation with, and active contribution of Transgender Europe.

Examples of legal and policy good practices on trans equality and inclusion in Europe

While discrimination on the basis of ‘gender reassignment’ is prohibited through European Court of Justice case-law and European Council gender equality Directives, there is no clear EU obligation to list gender identity and gender expression as grounds of anti-discrimination in national law.

'TransEurope' - Summer 2008

TransEurope

  • Transitioning towards full equality
  • Vladimir Luxuria: activist, actress & politician
  • Disturbing personal stories: forced sex change, sterilisation & murder

Transgender EuroStudy: Legal Survey and Focus on the Transgender Experience of Health Care (April 2008)

This report is an analysis and summary of the results obtained and it details the barriers that trans people face when accessing health care. The work undertaken is certainly the largest and most comprehensive data collection on trans people’s lived experience to date. One can never claim that research data is entirely representative of a community; even less so when the community being studied consists of many small sub-communities, as is the case with trans people. However, as is detailed in the data analysis section of this report, the statistics we have on the profile of respondents do generally match data of the population of Europe (e.g. the percentage of those with a disability).

Transsexuality and international private law

By Sheila Swatschek for ILGA-Europe, September 2005

Public consultation on measures for improving the recognition of prescriptions issued in another Member State, January 2012

ILGA-Europe and Transgender Europe jointly submitted input for a public consultation on measures for improving the recognition of prescriptions issued in another European Union Member State. Download the joint submission and read the key concerns here.

Human Rights and Gender Identity: Best Practice Catalogue, December 2011

Human Rights and Gender Identity: Best Practice Catalogue is a civil society follow-up to the pioneering work of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, and his 2009 Issue Paper entitled Human Rights and Gender Identity. In it, the Commissioner explored the human rights situation of trans people in depth, clearly showing that they remain one of the most vulnerable and discriminated communities due to inadequate legislation and social marginalisation. Through a set of twelve recommendations, the Commissioner called on Council of Europe Member States to respect the human rights of trans people and put in place concrete measures for the social inclusion and emancipation of trans people.

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