Transgender Europe, launching its Trans Rights Europe Map 2016, warns protection level for trans people remains low in Europe.
“Discrimination at the job market is a major factor keeping trans people from thriving. While it is positive that in 2016, 26 European states – that is four more than last year – offer now explicit protection. However, public authorities have to do better. Concrete positive measures targeted at the job market plus improved gender recognition procedures are paramount to improve trans people’s position considerably.” Explains Julia Ehrt, Transgender Europe’s Executive Director.
The trans rights overview reveals that in 2016 it is possible to adapt identity documents in 41 states, but only 29 states have robust legal procedures in place. An astounding progressive Irish Bill followed up on European leader Malta, making it with Denmark the third to do away with a mandatory mental health diagnosis.
“Across Europe we see a trend towards gender recognition procedures based on self-determination. This has the double value of signalling respect to trans people and their lives. It also helps them to navigate everyday life hassle-free with ID documents reflecting their gender identity. However, it is still shocking that 24 states require a proof of sterilization. “ says Ehrt.
At the IDAHOT – Forum 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, TGEU Executive Director Julia Ehrt made an urgent call towards political leaders to stand up for European values:
“People in Europe need clear messages that are inclusive, and concrete action showing old-established population and those newly arrived that peacefully living together in a diverse society is possible and our only future. On the other hand, xenophobia, racism and populist rhetoric play out the disenfranchised and marginalized groups against each other for cheap political gains. A truly visionary Europe has an eye for trans people as well as for other groups under distress.”