Transfeminist Initiative TransAkcija Insitute enables support, informing, empowerment and alliance of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in Slovenia, and we are the first and only non-govermental organization devoted specifically to human rights of transgender persons the country.
Securing visibility of trans persons and topics, empowering trans persons and contributing to capacity and community building of trans persons. Acknowledging and educating about trans and gender non-conforming persons’ specific needs and human rights within all predominant areas of public and private life, aiming towards justice for persons of all genders.
Securing and enhancing (temporal or long-term) legitimacy, visibility, safer &/or inclusive spaces, and legislative recognition of trans persons, most of which is currently unattainable for us in Slovenia. In 20 years from our formation we hope that being out as trans wouldn’t automatically be accompanied with immense fear and stigma. The trans community would consist of diverse persons of all gender identities & expressions and embodiments, transphobia within the community would be understood as toxic. Legal gender recognition would be based on self-determination, there would be accessible health care for persons who want to transition, regardless of their identity, sexual orientation and age, following a medical protocol based on standards of care by WPATH. Trans specific social, educational, legal and communal services would be developed and operate in a sustainable holistic manner, an increased number of trans persons would believe they are worthy of wellbeing and joy.
Our work includes but is not limited to; addressing and legitimizing human rights, specificities and needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people, being an actor in the formation of a transgender and gender non-conforming community and addressing legal and systemic erasure of transgender and gender non-conforming persons from legislative and social structures with advocacy for transgender human rights.
Our activities include:
- development of a Slovene vocabulary to respectfully address trans persons and topics,
- personal and online counseling and peer to peer support groups,
- monthly internationally themed TransSpace public events,
- online support service TransChat,
- safer space/hangout/drop-in service Space For You,
- solidarity binder scheme,
- t-manual: online manual about transitioning (2022)
- organization of Transgender Awareness Month with various events including our annual conference TransMisija and Transgender Day of Remembrance events,
- YouTube channel TransTube,
- writing and publishing publications: Beyond blue and pink: a trans toolkit (2019), Media guide for respectful reporting on trans topics (2017), All genders are real (2016), Legal gender recognition in Slovenia (2016),
- community zine development: Queerantine Zine (2020), Resilience femini-zine (2020), Coming out zine (2021), Nonbinary zine (2021)
- researching lives of trans persons in Slovenia: research Everyday life of trans persons in Slovenia (2019), Key results of the research LGBTIQ+ Persons and Coming Out (2021), research Needs of trans persons in Slovenia (2015),
- visibility products and campaigns: short animated film Between Pink and Blue: Nika and The Toy Factory (2020), photo exhibition “Trans and _____” (2021),
- communal queer colouring book LGBTIQ+ colouring book (2022),
- advocacy and lobbying for legal gender recognition and gender affirming healthcare,
- constant media work which we document in an archive of trans reporting in Slovenia,
- public actions,
- and much more.
Our main values are rooted in transfeminism, anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-ableism, anti-fatphobia, pro sex work, anti biological essentialism. We strive for a norm-critical approaches while working towards advocating justice for people of all genders. We believe in social justice principles and intersectionality, and work with constant addressing of power relations and privileges.