In the following pages, we will present our partner organizations according to their regions of expertise. They represent the six world regions of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Noth America, and Oceania.
GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality)
GATE is an international NGO, based in New York (USA) and Cordoba (Argentina). Its work is focused on trans* issues, and its main goals are: (1) Produce deep, critical and available knowledge (facts, analysis and strategies) on the situation of trans* people around the world (2) Support the political work of local, national, regional and international trans* activists, organizations and networks through means such as training, advice and collaborative work (3) Advocate for the rights of trans* people internationally; (4) Expanding trans* funding and trans* access to fund; (5) Building alliances with other progressive movements.
They have extensive experience in researching and advocating around trans* legal and social issues in different regions and with diverse human rights systems, as well as a strong relationship with trans* activists and experts from all over the world. In June 2010 we organized the Trans* Action = Trans* Rights conference in Barcelona.
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Gender DynamiX (South Africa)
Gender DynamiX (GDX) was founded July 2005 and was managed on a volunteer basis for the first 2 years until October 2007. It is currently the only South African - and first African - organisation focusing exclusively on transgender issues. The organization has a strong history of self sustainability where it had to, without formal grant income proceed in its activities through donations from the transgender community, volunteerism, and through collaboration with the LGBTI sector in South Africa. The organisation's growth and the overwhelming support from the trans community prompted us to formalise our volunteer based structure into a registered non-profit organization. GDX aims to increase awareness and visibility of transgenderism in South Africa and also to support transgendered people to access their human rights through its activities. It is a human rights organisation promoting freedom of expression of gender identity, focussing on gender non-conforming, and transgender and transsexual matters. Rather than a geographical community, Gender DynamiX aims to reach a community of interest. Our primary beneficiaries are trans people in South Africa.
Read more at: http://www.genderdynamix.org.za/
LGBT Centre (Mongolia)
After a three-year battle for registration with government authorities, the LGBT Centre, based in Ulaanbaatar, was officially registered as Mongolia's first LGBT human rights NGO in December 2009. In a country fraught with hatred towards, and violence against, sexuality minorities, the LGBT Centre is working to build a better and safer society for Mongolia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. The mission of the LGBT Centre is to instil the democratic and civic value of the non-discriminatory upholding, protection and promotion of those human rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Mongolia, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international conventions; to uphold, protect and promote the human rights of sexuality minorities; and to promote the correct understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity within Mongolian society.
For the past seven years, members of the LGBT Centre have been actively engaged in advocacy both nationally and internationally to highlight the myriad human rights violations taking place on a daily basis against the Mongolian LGBT community, and has been documenting and reporting on such violations through such UN mechanisms as CEDAW and the Universal Periodic Review. The LGBT Centre has the following main focus areas: advocacy both locally and internationally; legal reform, including the development of a law on non-discrimination; the promotion of non-discriminatory and inclusive environments in the education and health-care sectors; the promotion of safe workplaces; the provision of legal, psychological and support services and resources for the LGBT community; and ongoing research into LGBT issues in Mongolia.
Read more at www.lgbtcentre.mn
PLUS - People Like Us (India)
People Like Us (PLUS), a community-based organization of transgender and young gender variant males in India, runs programmes that provide care and support to transgender people, men who have sex with men, and transgender sex workers, and work to change the social gender constructs that lead to stigma and discrimination. In the PLUS walk-in shelter, transgender people in need can access health care, education on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, crisis intervention and counselling. The shelter helps build the transgender sex worker community and integrates HIV programming into other development issues such as poverty and unsafe migration. As providers of HIV education and health services, PLUS members are firm believers in community participation, and partner strategically with local, regional, and international organizations to advocate for people affected by HIV.
The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) is a women’s group and the pioneer transgender human rights advocacy and support organization in the Philippines. It was founded in December 2002 in response to the call for an organization that would address the issues, needs, and concerns of transpinays (transgender/transsexual Filipinas). Since then, STRAP has undertaken a number of initiatives in pursuit of its goals of combating discrimination based on gender identity or expression and raising public awareness and compassionate understanding of transsexualism.
STRAP holds monthly support group meetings meant to educate and equip its members to become more effective and empowered advocates of gender justice and equality. It also organizes strategic panel discussions, lectures, fora and symposia on gender identity and human rights including its attendant legal, medical and political dimensions. The organization links with various government and non-government organizations, human rights and Transgender Lesbian Bisexual & Gay (TLBG) groups to ensure that transgender needs, issues, and concerns are properly understood, addressed and included in their diversity initiatives. Apart from these, STRAP also campaigns for the right to define one’s gender identity and expression and has taken steps to ensure transgender visibility by holding activities and events that promote empowering images of transpinays.
As well, STRAP has taken part in and supported research involving the Filipino trans*community. In 2010 it partnered with Isis International in a research project entitled Surfacing Lesbian, Bisexual Women and Transgendered People’s Issues in the Philippines Towards Affinity Politics in Feminist Movements. In the same year, it joined a National Strategy Workshop to End Violence Against Women as part of the 12-country global project Take Back the Tech To End Violence Against Women. STRAP members have also served as respondents for undergraduate and graduate students working on research about the Filipino transcommunity. Currently, STRAP is in partnership with the Rainbow Rights Project Inc, a TLBG legal think tank in the Philippines, for a multi-country research on violence against Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) women.
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
ASTRA Rio (Brazil)
is a nonprofit organisation founded in 2005 with the aim of bringing together and representing travestis and transsexuals from the state of Rio de Janeiro. The poltical focus has been on the legal recognition of trans people's social names, the prevention of SDS/HIV/AIDS, inclusion into the formal labour market, and the construction of citizenship for travestis and transsexuals through ongoing political engagement and the struggle against and denunciation of all forms of rights violations.
CENTRO DE APOYO A LAS IDENTIDADES TRANS (Mexico)
Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans (Center for the Support of Trans Identities) is an organization with a communitarian non-profit basis that seeks to improve the standard of living of the population of travestis, transgenders and transsexuals; by means of promoting communitarian participation; the development of capacity-building projects and programs and the improvement of their conditions of subsistance.
More information: http://centroapoyoidentidadestrans.blogspot.mx/
Grupo Gay da Bahia (Brazil)
founded in 1980, is the oldest LGBT group in Brazil and Latin America. It is a member of ILGA, IGLHRC and the Brazilian LGBT Association and a co-founder of the Travestis’ Association of Salvador. As the organization responsible for documenting LGBT murders in Brazil, it has made more than three thousand reports in the last 30 years, and also recovered biographical information about the most famous trans persons in the history of Brazil.
Read more at: www.ggb.org.br
Instituto Runa (Peru)
is a nonprofit organization which works from a gender perspective to attain full citizenship rights through the promotion and defense of cultural development, equity, and the right to diversity. The interdisciplinary team of the Runa Institute develops advocacy actions directed at local public political decision makers, as well as international forums.
The Gender Diversity and Sexualities program addresses Human Rights and Diversity issues, focusing primarily on the the trans population, in which one of the most stigmatized social sectors also faces discrimination on the basis of migration status, social class, ethnic background, sex work or educational level. It is important to make the violence perpetrated upon these populations visible, and to create a dialogue with state authorities in order to promote more inclusive politics, defend and fight for human rights, strengthen community organizations, encourage leadership, and form alliances with social movements.
Read more at www.runa.org.pe/
PROYECTO TRVNSGEN3RO (Ecuador)
European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) / Brussels (European District)
ILGA-Europe is a non-governmental umbrella organisation which represents its members, principally organisations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, at the European level. Its membership comprises around 300 organisations from throughout Europe. ILGA-Europe was established as a separate region of the ILGA in 1996. ILGA itself was founded in 1978.
ILGA-Europe's vision is of a world freed from any form of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; a world where the human rights of all are respected and everyone can live in equality and freedom.
During 2009 ILGA-Europe has launched a programme to fight hate crime that targets LGBTI people. It has also raised the profile of trans issue within its membership and amongst its partner organisations. It is following trans hate crimes very closely, particularly the recent streak of murders in Turkey.
Read more at www.ilga-europe.org
TransInterQueer e.V. (Germany)
TransInterQueer e.V. - TrIQ was founded in 2006 by transgender and intersex activists of various groups which were orgainzed in the Transgender Network Berlin TGNB. TrIQ is a registered charity aiming at emancipation, outreach, education, counselling and research. TrIQ organizes the annual German Trans*Conference in Berlin and provides counselling for the community. In 2008 many TrIQ activists participated in organizing the 2nd European Transgender Council in Berlin, which attracted more than 200 trans activists from more than 80 groups and 40 countries. Since July 2008 TrIQ has rooms and a staffed office, providing a safe space for the trans and intersex community to meet. Various TrIQ groups meet regularly to address such issues as coming out, political lobbying, multiculturalism or to discuss trans issues. Since 2009 TrIQ is involved as the lead organization in the "...and others'" project that brings together five trans organizations in the EU to develop a toolkit for trans activists. The 'serious game' exhibition is part of the project and is on display in the cities of the partner organizations in 2009 / 2010. The project is funded in the GRUNDTVIG program.
Read more at www.transinterqueer.org
TrIQ supported the "Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide" research project by raising the funding for the Spanish and the German translation of Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg's issue paper "Human Rights and Gender Identity" published under the TvT publication series.
Tonga Leiti’s Association
With the installation of programs, activities and partnerships with private groups, government agencies and community organizations, we have fortunately been able to share some of our basic and crucial needs as a leiti population. With the annual Miss Galaxy Pageant we have provided a nationwide and international venue for leiti’s to present their talents and views to the public.
We are hoping that in the future we can provide educational opportunities to create programs to provide the public with a broader look into our specific realities and give them a better sense of which we are and how we can be a more positive contributor to the society in which they live. There is a huge population of leiti’s that are basically “homeless” and have no family or economic support. This is a major challenge for us to try and find opportunities to provide economic assistance to them in trying to find employment and education, especially for those that have exited early from school.
The status of health among leiti’s in Tonga is very dismal with the lack of consistent monitoring and reporting of health status for this population. We have participated in several HIV educational workshops and activities thanks for the help of the Tonga Family Health.