Meet our community partners blog series!
Hello everyone! This is the second episode of our new blog series dedicated to Ecce Homo’s community partners, that is, all those non-profit LGBTIQ+ organizations around the world that are proud members of our Corporate Social Responsibility program! Last week, I introduced you to ‘Positive Voice’, the Greek Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS, and their initiatives regarding sexual health. This week is all about the trans members of our colorful queer family. Our partner to this journey is the Greek Transgender Support Association, the only trans -non-profit- organization of its kind in Greece. In what follows, we are going to familiarize ourselves with their history, their objectives, and the invaluable programs they run. I want to remind you once again that this blog series is part of Ecce Homo’s long-term engagement to promote the visibility of its community allies by taking up the role of media sponsor. In addition, I hope it constitutes an opportunity for our customers and friends to be kept informed of the activities of the organizations they choose to support via their purchase, ensuring this way both their active engagement and the non-negotiable transparency of our CSR program.
To begin with, the Greek Transgender Support Association is a volunteer-based nationwide NGO founded in 2010. Its goal is to promote the equal treatment of all Greek people based on their gender identity and gender expression or characteristics, the abolition of all forms of discrimination that trans and intersex people face on a daily basis, and the development of a solidarity network via publications and online material, public events and debates, the constitution of scientific and advisory committees, and the organization of conferences and workshops.
Among the rights they claim are the following:
The Greek Transgender Support Association also fights:
Two of the most sought-after services they provide for free to the members of the trans community are the group of psychological support and self-awareness, and the secretariat of support to the ones seeking asylum and international protection. Regarding the first one, the Association works closely with volunteer psychologists to create a safe space where trans individuals can discuss openly issues such as their gender and sexual identity and expression, their transition experiences that might help others navigate the transition process, their coming-out, trans parenthood, etc. When it comes to trans asylum seekers, the Association provides free legal counseling and psychological support throughout the legal proceedings. Furthermore, among its recent initiatives are the campaign ‘Breaking the Silence’ and the ‘Help at Home’ program.