“Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” (TvT) is an ongoing, comparative qualitative-quantitative research project initiated by Transgender Europe (TGEU).

The advocacy network Transgender Europe (TGEU), established in 2005, has provided a great environment for gathering the expertise of trans activists from around the world. Thanks to over 86 active member organisations in 42 countries, as well as sound organisational structures, TGEU has facilitated the development, research collaborations, and administrative implementation of the TvT project. With the assistance of dozens of partner organisations and experts in more than 100 countries in the world, and the guidance of an international Advisory Board consisting of more than 25 experts and researchers from all world regions, as well as with funding from The ARCUS Foundation (USA), The Open Society Foundations (USA) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany), TGEU’s  TvT project provides ground-breaking research on the human rights situation of trans and gender-diverse people worldwide.

This ongoing, comparative qualitative-quantitative research is first and foremost grounded in, and serves gender-diverse/trans people’s movements and activism. The project seeks to provide an overview of the human-rights situation of trans and gender-diverse persons in different parts of the world and to develop useful data and advocacy tools for international institutions, human-rights organizations, the trans movement, and the general public.

The TvT project includes the following sub-projects:

  1. Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM), a systematic collection, monitoring and analysis of reported killings of gender-diverse/trans people worldwide.
  2. Legal and Social Mapping, which provides an overview of existing laws, law proposals, and actual legal and health-care practices as well as diverse aspects of the social situation relevant to gender-diverse/trans people. It currently comprises 119 countries in six world regions including all 49 European countries.The TvT research report from 2012 presents, discusses and contextualises the key findings of these two sub-projects and provides a polyvocal account of some of the major challenges and achievements of gender-diverse/trans people and movements in the twenty-first century.
  3. The third sub-project is a Survey on the Social Experiences of Trans and Gender-Diverse People, which addresses experiences of both Transphobia and Transrespect and has been developed and conducted together with our partner organisations in 2012 and 2014 in Colombia, India, the Philippines, Serbia, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Having the format of peer research that combines research with empowerment, it lays the ground for future TvT research and further regional and transnational collaborations.

More data from these  sub-projects can be found in the research sections as well as in the TvT databank, which provides a visualisation of the combined different sets of comparative data.

The TvT research project is work in progress. The data is collected, compiled and updated periodically.

Following a decision made at a Strategic Planning meeting with our partners in the global South and East in 2012 in Stockholm (Sweden), the TvT project also organizes capacity building trainings for trans and gender-diverse people. For more information on past and future trainings please click here. 

If you would like to reference the published material on this website, please follow the citation instructions specified in the sections. If you want to cite the TvT project in general, please use the following citation: TvT research project (2016) “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide”-Website: www.transrespect.org