Transgender issues in social and medical context
International Conference
October 22-24, 2015 / Kiev, Ukraine


On 22-24 of October 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine International Conference “Transgender issues in social and medical context” will take place.


  • Insight public organization
  • Sex reassignment Commission of Ministry of Health of Ukraine
  • Coalition against discrimination in Ukraine
  • Office of Ombudsperson of Ukraine


The transgender phenomenona is comprehended in the context of many discourses — medical, sociological, political, cultural, religious, philosophical, etc. The multilevel character of this phenomena in combination with the inability of specialists and groups to go beyond the boundaries of definitions and categories, legitimized in certain fields, leading to the lack of understanding among human rights activists, medical professionals, public institutions, scientists and transgender people, which complicates the situation of transgender people in many countries of the world. Medical pathologization, the rejection of gender nonconformity in societies, discrimination at the state level, the high level of xenophobia and violence against transgender people make them one of the most vulnerable social groups in the modern world.

In Ukraine the ability of transgender people to affirm their identity and to integrate into the society is regulated by the Ministry of health decree No. 60, which is based on outdated pathologizing and dehumanizing approach within post-Soviet psychiatry, which reduces individuality and needs of transgender person to a set of symptoms. The Order includes outdated and contradictory set of diagnostic criteria, the requirement to spend 30 to 45 days in a mental hospital, the requirement of completion of the surgical procedures, including sterilization, as well as a number of socio-political demands to the contenders for the “change/correction of sex»: don’t be married, don`t have children, to have a «sufficient level of social adaptation”. This entire complex is designed to make the process of integration of trans* people to the binary gender system invisible and painless for society, forcing trans* persons to adapt to the imperfection of laws based on social prejudice.

Our goal

The Conference aims to become a  platform for communication, exchange of experiences, best practices and finding a common language between medical experts, government agencies, human rights defenders, researchers and trans* activists from different countries and different contexts. Our focus is at the juncture of human rights and medical discourses — as well as the phenomena of gender diversity. We want to create a space for bringing together people and institutions seeking to provide qualified medical services, ensure the implementation of civil and human rights for trans* people and protect them from discrimination and violence.


Day 1
22 Oct 2015
Day 2
23 Oct 2015
Day 3
24 Oct 2015

Pre-conference session for activists and volunteers

Moderators: Yuri Frank, Olena Shevchenko Introductory session. Presentation of ideas, vision and goals of the conference. A brief overview of the situation of transgender people in Ukraine and in the...
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Trans* activism in Ukraine and Post-Soviet region

Presentation of the activities of organizations and initiatives, Trans* Coalition

Opening ceremony

Greeting from organizers. Presentation of ideas, vision and goals of the conference. Presentation of the program for the next three days. (Olena Shevchenko) Video message from the Council of Europe...
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Coffee break

Legal gender recognition in Ukraine

Speakers: Jonas Gunnarsson, General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the rights of LGBT people. Petra de Sutter, Senator & member of the Parliamentary Assembly...
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ICD reform and trans* depatologization: arguments, proposals, perspectives

Speakers: Joz Motmans (Belgium) Vreer Verkerke (Netherlands)


Legal gender recognition in different countries

Speakers: Richard Köhler (TGEU, Germany) Petra de Sutter (Belgium) Wiktor Dynarski (Poland)


Discussion on contraindications and controversial points of the current Ukrainian procedure

Being married, having minors, homosexuality, presence of low levels of social adaptation etc. Moderator: Anna Kirey

Coffee break

Strategic litigation: individual cases and advocacy strategy

Speakers: Oksana Guz (Insight, Ukraine) Constantin Cojocariu (Romania) Daniil Haymovich (Russia)

The needs of transgender people in health care

Topics for discussion: Availability and quality of surgical interventions related to transition Hormonal therapy: availability of qualified endocrinologists and medicines Psychological help for transgender people, psychotherapy: specifics and nuances Problems...
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Coffee break

The needs of transgender people in health care (part two)

Speakers: Irina Karagapolova (Russia) Dmitry Isaev (Russia) Vreer Verkerke (Netherlands)



Hotel Ibis Kiev City Center

Ibis Kiev City Center is a 3 star hotel located in the heart of Kiev. Ibis hotel is close to both St. Volodymyr and St.Sophia's Cathedrals and walking distance to botanic garden, Khreshchatyk Street, 10 min walk from the National Opera House.