Arnsberg

Trans-Ident-Sauerland Trans-Ident-Sauerland organises meetings for parents and relatives, as well as gatherings for trans children and youth. These discussion groups allow to share fears and insecurities while getting to know each other in a relaxed environment. The contact person for the discussion groups and the counselling services of TIS is Rina Waschkowitz.  Tel.: +49 (0) […]

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Track – LGBTI counselling centre

The Track’s LGBTI counselling centre provides counselling services for queer children, adolescents and young adults, as well as for their friends and relatives. Its trans counselling is specifically aimed at young binary and non-binary trans people regardless of what point of their journey they are at, and what they plan to do. It can address […]

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Queertisch im Pott

Queertisch im Pott is a LGBTIQ+ get-together that takes place in varying places of the Ruhr region and the neighboring Niederrhein. Apart from enjoying easy-going conversations while having some tasty food and beverages, these meetings also offer the opportunity to recommend, for instance, homo and trans-friendly medical professionals, as well as sharing other advice on […]

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Ruhrgebiet

Queertisch im Pott Queertisch im Pott is a LGBTIQ+ get-together that takes place in varying places of the Ruhr region and the neighboring Niederrhein. Apart from enjoying easy-going conversations while having some tasty food and beverages, these meetings also offer the opportunity to recommend, for instance, homo and trans-friendly medicine professionals, as well as sharing […]

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TransMann – Essen regional group

Essen’s TransMann regional group meets every 1st Saturday of the month at Aidshilfe Essen. In these meetings, you can expect a casual exchange of information and experiences regarding all FTM topics, information material provided by the TransMann e.V. association, and joint planning of activities. Aidshilfe Essen | Varnhorststraße 17 | 45127 Essen Regionalgruppe Essen essen@transmann.de […]

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TransMann — Bielefeld regional group

Every 2nd Friday of the month at 6:00 pm, Bielefeld’s regional group of the Germany-wide association TransMann e.V. holds casual meetings where experiences can be shared at peer-to-peer level in a safe space. Everyone is welcome and invited to bring someone along. It is not necessary to be a member of TransMann e.V. to participate in […]

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Treffpunkt transidenter Frauen Bielefeld

Treffpunkt transidenter Frauen is an open meeting for transfeminine people in Bielefeld. Trans women are invited, among others, to share information and experiences, get to know each other, network and have fun together in this safe space. The monthly meetings are facilitated by a social worker who also offers individual counselling sessions.  Frauenkulturzentrum Bielefeld | Meller […]

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Bielefeld

shg Bielefeld und OWL support group for transgender people  shg Bielefeld und OWL, Bielefeld and Ostwestfalen-Lippe’s support group, is a support group for all trans people who are looking for help and want to share experiences and information with like-minded people, find new approaches to solve problems together, speak out and receive information and tips.  […]

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Bochum

Rosa Strippe The psychosocial counselling office of the Rosa Strippe association offers LGBT+ people and their families confidential conversations and face-to-face, phone or email counselling services for individuals, couples, families and groups.  Kortumstraße 14344787 Bochum http://www.rosastrippe.de/info@rosastrippe.de […]

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Bonn

GAP in Bonn GAP is Bonn’s youth centre for all those young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer, and those who feel they fall into some other sexual or gender identity category, who cannot or do not want to label themselves or who are not sure about it (yet), but feel […]

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shg Bielefeld und OWL – support group for transgender people

This group is a support group for all trans people who are looking for help and want to share experiences and information with like-minded people, find new approaches to solve problems together, speak out and receive information and recommendations.  Der Paritätische Bielefeld | Stapenhorststraße 5 | 33615 Bielefeld https://transident-bielefeld.de/ https://www.facebook.com/Transident-Bielefeld-und-OWL-416791972204820/  info@transident-bielefeld.de […]

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Trans*

Trans people have a different gender from the one they were assigned at birth. The term ‘trans*’, as used by NGVT* NRW, includes every person within the whole diversity of sex and gender that is not cis. ‘Trans*’, on this account, is an umbrella term for transsexual, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer and genderfluid people, and all […]

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Cis / cisgender

Cis(gender) is a word used to describe people whose gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth. A cis woman, accordingly, is somebody documented female at birth that identifies as a woman too, and a cis man is a person documented male at birth who also identifies as a man.  […]

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Transgender

The term ‘transgender’ is used in different ways. Some use it to describe people whose gender identity does not match the gender they were assigned at birth, but who do not undergo complete physical gender confirmation procedures. Others use ‘transgender’ as an umbrella term, i.e. similarly to or exactly like the word ‘trans’ (see above). […]

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MTF / FTM

In the past, the terms ‘MTF’ (male-to-female) and ‘FTM’ (female-to-male) were commonly used instead of ‘trans women’ and ‘trans men’. Occasionally, they are still used today.  However, these terms have been criticised because they imply that trans men used to be women – and vice versa. For most trans people, this is not the case. […]

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MTF / FTM

In the past, the terms ‘MTF’ (male-to-female) and ‘FTM’ (female-to-male) were commonly used instead of ‘trans women’ and ‘trans men’. Occasionally, they are still used today.  However, these terms have been criticised because they imply that trans men used to be women – and vice versa. For most trans people, this is not the case. […]

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Gender binary

The binary model of gender is based on the assumption that there are only two genders – “male” and “female” – and that “male” and “female” bodies are the norm. As a result of this assumption there are ladies’ and gents’ toilets, women’s and men’s fashion, men’s and women’s sport-teams that play in their own […]

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Non-binary

‘Non-binary’ is an adjective that refers to people whose gender does not fit within the binary model of gender, as they are not, not completely or not always “men” or “women”. People often use the noun ‘enby’ – derived from the acronym NB – too.  ‘Non-binary’ is an umbrella term that includes different gender identities. […]

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Intersex

The word ‘intersex’ is used to describe people born with sex characteristics (genes, hormones and others) that do not entirely fit the prevalent definitions of “female” and “male” bodies. This can manifest itself in secondary sexual characteristics (such as muscle mass, hair distribution, breasts and height), in primary sexual organs (reproductive organs, genitalia) and/or in […]

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Intersexuality

‘Intersexuality’ is an umbrella term that was coined by medical discourse and practice. It refers to conditions in which a person is born with sex characteristics that do not entirely fit the prevalent definitions of “female” or “male”.  The term ‘intersexuality’ was coined by the geneticists Richard Goldschmidt in 1915/16. In 2006, it was internationally […]

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Gender star

The gender star “*” is a visual marker used in German in order to create spaces for people of all genders, not only men and women. It aims to include, among others, non-binary people, and refers to the diversity of genders. A similar use of theunderscore “_” (or gender gap) can also be found in German.  […]

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LGBTIQ+

This acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people, and it includes all sexual and gender identities that do not meet social norms at the time. Besides LGBTIQ+, people use several variations of the acronym, like LGBTTIQ and LGBTIQA, among others. This happens because different people define some terms and labels in different ways and because some groups […]

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Outing

Contrary to a coming out, where people decide for themselves when and to whom they disclose their identity (e.g. as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or inter), the term ‘outing’ refers to a situation in which the disclosure of this information takes place without their consent. Outings can happen long after a person’s first coming out. […]

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Forced outing

When a person is put in a situation where they must disclose that they are trans due to external circumstances, a ‘forced outing’ has occurred. This happens particularly often during transition. It can take place, for instance, when a credit card is issued on a person’s deadname and they are constantly outed as a result, […]

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Dead name

‘Dead name’ refers to the first name(s) that a trans person discarded during their transition. Many trans people do not want to hear or read their dead names. These names can be associated with negative emotions and traumas. Besides, dead names possibly refer to a person that never actually existed. However, not all trans people […]

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Gender identity

The term ‘gender identity’ refers to the inner knowledge and/or feeling of being a woman, a man, non-binary, trans, intersex, between, beyond or outside genders, and so on. A person’s gender identity is not determined by their body. Cis people often assume that these categories automatically correspond and that e.g. a person with a body […]

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Passing

To ‘pass’ means to be perceived as the gender that corresponds to one’s identity. This can be very important to some trans people, both for their self-confidence and for their safety in contexts where passing may protect them from violence. For non-binary people, however, passing is mostly not an option.  […]

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Gender confirmation surgery

“Gender confirmation surgeries” are medical interventions that help align a person’s body on a visual and, to some extent, functional level with their gender identity. The following are some of the possible gender-confirming surgeries for trans people: alignment of primary genitals (e.g. vagina, penis), mastectomy (removal of breast tissue), breast augmentation, hysterectomy (removal of the […]

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Hormone therapy

(other names: cross-sex hormone treatment, hormone replacement therapy, HRT) During hormone therapy, the desired, so-called “opposite sex hormones” – which is an inadequate term, considering gender diversity – are taken in order to change bodily features, often to “masculinise” or “femininise” them. Some people may also choose to alter the production of their own undesired […]

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Transphobic / Transphobia

The term ‘transphobia’ describes the prejudices, negative attitudes, stigma, degradation, denial, invisibilization, discrimination, support for discrimination and violence that (binary and non-binary) trans people and, in general, trans realities face. The assumption that being cis is the norm and that trans represents a deviation from it (i.e. cisnormativity) is also transphobic. Specific discrimination against non-binary […]

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TSG / Transsexuellengesetz

Germany’s Transexuality Law or TSG (‘Transsexuellengesetz’) was adopted in 1981 following a Federal Constitutional Court ruling that gave trans people the lawful option to adjust their first name and legal gender officially. In addition to the two paragraphs that address the name and legal gender modification, the law also includes a disclosure-ban (‘Offenbarungsverbot‘) that is […]

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TRANS*FUSION at anyway Köln

Twice a month, the café at anyway youth centre is exclusively open for trans, agender, non-binary, genderfluid, intersex, genderqueer and gender curious young people. Everyone between the ages of 14 and 27 is welcome. Once a month, additionally, TRANS*FUSION meets in anyway’s group room. On this day, the participants work on diverse aspects of trans […]

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Trans*-Jugendgruppe at PULS Düsseldorf

The trans youth group at PULS – Düsseldorf’s youth centre for young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and friends – is open for all young people who do not or only partially identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth.  Corneliusstraße 28 | 40215 Düsseldorf Telefon: (0221) 2109 http://www.puls-duesseldorf.de/index.php/ trans.htmlinfo@puls-duesseldorf.de […]

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Puzzles

Puzzles is an open youth group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people, as well as for their friends, between the ages of 14 and 24. andersROOM – Begegnungs- und Beratungszentrum für Schwule, Lesben, Bisexuelle und Transgender in SiegenFreudenberger Straße 67 | 57072 Siegen https://www.andersroom.de/ https://www.facebook.com/PuzzlesJugendtreff/ jugend@andersroom.de […]

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Track – LGBTI youth centre

Track is Münster’s open youth centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 27. It primarily offers, besides its counselling service, the opportunity to get in touch with other people of the same age. Alte Dechanei | Dechaneistraße 14 | 48145 Münster track-ms.de https://www.facebook.com/LSBTIMuenster/track@vse-nrw.de @track_jugendzentrum (Instagram) […]

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yoho. Siegen

The yoho.Café offers gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people between the ages of 14 and 27 a place to meet in good company. It also offers a variety of activities and a counselling service.  andersROOM – Begegnungs- und Beratungszentrum für Schwule, Lesben, Bisexuelle und Transgender in SiegenFreudenberger Straße 67 | 57072 Siegen http://www.yoho-siegen.de/index.html mail@yoho-siegen.de […]

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Akzep-Trans* MG

Akzep-Trans* MG is a support group in Mönchengladbach for transsexual, transgender, non-binary, … people regardless of their decision to live openly as a trans person or not. August-Pieper-Str.1 | 41061 Mönchengladbach https://www.aidshilfe-mg.de/index.php/queer-treff-coming-out-stelle/lsbt-iq/akzeptrans https://www.facebook.com/AkzeptransMG/ info@aidshilfe-mg.de […]

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Eltern-Kind*-Gruppe Münster

Münster’s Eltern-Kind (parents & child) is group where parents of trans and intersex children, and trans and intersex minors can share their experiences. It also organises family trips with the younger children. The group cooperates with Trakine e.V. (Association of Parents and Family Members of Minor Trans* Children) and dgti e.V. (German Society for Transidentity […]

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Gendertreff Leverkusen

Gendertreff e.V. (registred association based in Erkrath) maintains a large information platform and an internet forum on trans realities and organises regional support group meetings in Leverkusen and Düsseldorf for transgender people, their relatives and anyone else interested. https://www.gendertreff.de/treffen-shg/brauhaustreff-opladen/ https://www.facebook.com/Gendertreff/ leverkusen@gendertreff.de […]

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Gendertreff Solingen

Gendertreff Solingen is an open, regularly meeting support group in the Bergisches Land region for transgender people, their partners and relatives, as well as anyone else interested. Starting at 5 pm, the meetings take place in a friendly environment the 2nd Saturday of the first month of every quarter in the Mykonos Tavern, a restaurant. Everyone […]

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Kein Geschlecht? Mein Geschlecht!

Kein Geschlecht? Mein Geschlecht! (No gender? My gender!) is a support group for those who see themselves as between or beyond the categories of woman and man — regardless of whether they are both, neither, genderqueer, non-binary or have other genders.  Johannes-Weyer-Str. 1 | 40225 Düsseldorf http://transberatung-duesseldorf.de/gruppen/ keingeschlecht-meingeschlecht@freenet.de […]

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TI*&Biscuits Köln

The group TI*&Biscuits provides a space for and by trans, intersex and genderqueer people for mutual exchange and empowerment. TI*&Biscuits organises concerts, movie nights, workshops and much more touching on all aspects of trans, intersex and queer politics and culture. It also has its own soccer team: the TI*&Biscuits T*I*gers. Assata im Hof | Kartäuserwall 18 […]

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TIS Trans-Ident-Sauerland

Trans-Ident-Sauerland organises meetings for parents and relatives, as well as gatherings for trans children and youth. These discussion groups allow to share fears and insecurities while getting to know each other in a relaxed environment. The contact person for the discussion groups and the counselling services of TIS is Rina Waschkowitz.  Tel.: 02931/529587Mobil (WhatsApp): 0175 […]

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Trans*Treff Iserlohn

Trans*Treff Iserlohn supports trans individuals, works for the acceptance of trans realities and offers information. It organises a monthly support group meeting for trans people, their relatives and anyone else interested from the Märkischer Kreis area (Iserlohn, Altena, Werdohl, Lüdenscheid, Hemer, Menden, Meinerzhagen) at a restaurant. In addition, Trans*Treff provides an online forum and individual […]

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Transgender Recklinghausen

Transgender Recklinghausen is a support group where trans people come together with the purpose of helping each other regarding, for instance, doctors, clinics, make-up artists, hairdressers or life in general. One of their main principles is that whatever you share in the group remains in the group.  Netzwerk Bürgerengagement Freiwilligenzentrum und Selbsthilfe-Kontaktstelle für den Kreis […]

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Transgender-Siegerland

Transgender-Siegerland is a support group that offers trans people and their relations a place to go and mutual support. Its group meetings and counselling service are organised and carried out by volunteers and supported by the association SIS e.V.  andersRoom | Freudenberger Straße 67 | 57072 Siegen http://www.transgender-si.de/ https://www.facebook.com/tgendersie/ info@transgender-si.de […]

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TX Köln

TX Köln is a trans support group in Cologne. Transsexual or transgender people and, in general, all those who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, as well as their relatives and partners, are kindly invited to participate in the group meetings. Alexianer Köln | Kölner Straße 64 | 51149 Köln-Porz-Ensen http://www.txkoeln.de hallo2019@txkoeln.de […]

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Lebenslust Beratungsstelle

Lebenslust e.V. offers psychosocial advice for LGBT+ people at its counselling centre in Mülheim an der Ruhr, as well as in other towns and cities of the Ruhr region (Essen, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen) and Lower Rhine region (Krefeld, Kleve, Wesel). Besides the face-to-face counselling option, online and phone consultation services are also available.  Ruhr region:Friedrichstraße 2045468 […]

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Rosa Strippe

The psychosocial counselling office of the Rosa Strippe association offers LGBT+ people and their family confidential conversations and face-to-face, phone or email counselling services for individuals, couples, families and groups.  Kortumstraße 14344787 Bochum http://www.rosastrippe.de/ info@rosastrippe.de […]

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Sunrise Dortmund

Sunrise is a centre that, among others, provides counselling and group activities for young queers. Its trans counselling service is open for all young trans people under the age of 23, as well as for their relatives and for educators who are in contact with trans youth and young adults. Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 33–3744135 Dortmund https://www.sunrise-dortmund.de/trans/beratung/ trans@sunrise-dortmund.de […]

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Trans counselling centre Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf’s trans counselling centre offers professional psychosocial counselling and legal advice regarding all matters of trans realities and gender identity —both within and outside the binary spectrum. The counselling service also attends to trans children and their parents, as well as to partners or relatives of trans people. Health professionals, psychotherapists, social workers and lawyers […]

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Trans counselling at rubicon

The queer counselling centre rubicon in Cologne offers professional face-to-face, phone and online counselling. The trans counselling service attends to children, young people and adults who define themselves as transgender, transsexual, crossdressers, genderqueer, non-binary, both, neither or not clearly or exclusively woman or man, as well as to those who still do not know what […]

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Trans counselling in Münster

Trans*-Beratung Münster is a qualified peer counselling service for trans people that offers counselling and advice to them, as well as to their relatives and anyone else interested. Phone: +49 (0) 173 4411634 (Felix A. Schäper) www.transberatung-muenster.de kontakt@transberatung-muenster.de www.fb.com/TransBeratungMuenster […]

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Dortmund

Lili Marlene Transidenten Lebenshilfe Lili Marlene is a support group that works at state level providing assistance for transgender people and their relatives. It is based in Dortmund.  Group meetings:Every Wednesday Starting at 7:30 pm KCR LoungeBraunschweiger Str. 2244145 Dortmund  Tel.: +49 (0) 231 4388321 and +49 (0) 174 7400486 Homepage: https://lilimarlenedortmund.wordpress.com/Email:  info@lili-marlene-dortmund.de TransBekannt e.V. We offer transgender […]

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Duisburg

Transfamily Transfamily provides meetings and counselling services for trans men, their partners, family members and friends. Tel.: +49 (0) 171 5323212Email: info@transfamily.nrw; christopher@transfamily.nrw; christina@transfamily.deHomepage: www.transfamily.nrwFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/transfamily.duisburg/ […]

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Düsseldorf

Gendertreff e.V.  Gendertreff maintains a large information platform and an internet forum on trans realities and organises regional support group meetings in Düsseldorf and Solingen for transgender people, their relatives and anyone else interested.  Group meeting in Düsseldorf: 3rd Sunday of the monthStarting at 2pmCafé SüdAm Südfriedhof 2040221 Düsseldorf Group meeting in Solingen: 2nd Saturday of the first month […]

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Essen

TS SHG „Die 4te Etage“ Essen e.V. —“4th floor” TS support group We give special importance to the exchange of experiences. In this way, our support group aims to help people be more confident and to be able to overcome prejudices.  Alternating formats:Meetings without an outline focusing on the mutual exchange.Meetings with a specific topic, including […]

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Hagen

TransBekannt e.V. TransBekannt’s support group for trans people in Hagen.  Group meetings:4th Saturday of the month 6 to 10:30 pm (even on holidays) Selbsthilfebüro Paritätischer HagenBahnhofstr. 4158095 Hagen Homepage: https://transbekannt.de/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181772618521969/Email: ron@transbekannt.de […]

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Cologne

TI*&Biscuits TI*&Biscuits provides a space for and by trans, intersex and genderqueer people for mutual exchange and empowerment. TI*&Biscuits organises concerts, movie nights, workshops and much more touching on all aspects of trans, intersex and queer politics and culture. It also has its own soccer team: the TI*&Biscuits T*I*gers. Group meetings:3rd Tuesday of the month:Gathering for […]

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Leverkusen

Gendertreff e.V. Gendertreff e.V., based in Erkrath, maintains a large information platform and an internet forum on trans realities and organises regional support group meetings in Leverkusen and Düsseldorf for transgender people, their relatives and anyone else interested. Group meetings in Leverkusen:1st Saturday of the month Starting at 7:00 pm Restaurant Brauhaus Manforter HofManforter Str. 24751373 Leverkusen Group […]

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Münster

SHG TransIdent Münster  SHG Münster is a mixed support group for trans men, women and kids, for intersex people, for parents of trans/intersex kids, and for those trying to figure out their gender or defining themselves as non-binary, as well as for their relatives, partners, friends and tutors.  Group meetings:2nd Saturday of the month3:00 to 6:00 […]

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Recklinghausen

Transgender Recklinghausen Transgender Recklinghausen is a support group where trans people come together with the purpose of helping each other regarding, for instance, doctors, clinics, make-up artists, hairdressers or life in general. One of their main principles is that whatever you share in the group remains in the group.  Groups meetings:3rd Saturday of the month2:00 to […]

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