Gender Diversity & Trans Network North Rhine-Westphalia – Welcome!
NGVT* NRW (Gender Diversity & Trans Network North Rhine Westphalia, by its German acronym) is a state-wide association of local and regional trans groups and infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The member groups of NGVT* NRW include volunteer-run trans support groups, transactivist groups and projects, as well as counselling services that deal with the needs and concerns of trans people in North Rhine-Westphalia. Among others, NGVT*-members enable interaction between trans individuals, create spaces for mutual empowerment, offer individual counselling, support and assist trans people on their journeys, refer them to specialised services, create publications for trans people, and raise awareness among society as a whole.
Many different people participate and are engaged in the member groups of NGVT* NRW. What they share is the understanding that the term ‘trans’ or a similar one applies to them or to their past. Member groups represent a wide spectrum of different genders and ways to express and live them, including trans men and women who define themselves within the gender binary as well as non-binary people who, for instance, describe their gender as “both” or “neither”. The Network advocates for greater acceptance and visibility of this gender diversity and reflects it within its structures.
NGVT* NRW synergises the competences of the member groups and promotes the exchange and collaboration between them. The Network also supports the local groups in their public relations. Trans people, their relatives, institutions and professionals are invited to address their trans-related requests and inquiries to the Network. If appropriate, these are then forwarded to the local groups. The Network’s spokespeople are the members of the board, which is elected in a general meeting. The board collects the needs and requests of the member groups and represents them.
The Network collaborates closely with Landeskoordination Trans* NRW (the office for trans matters, funded by North-Rhine Westphalia’s federal state government), which supports it in its work.
Additionally, the Network cooperates with other LGBTIQ+ community agents, with social services and with many professional and volunteer structures. It also seeks to work with public authorities and institutions.