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Podcast: Transgender rights in Europe

Transgender rights in Europe are under the spotlight in this podcast.

At a 21 April Parliamentary Assembly Spring session side event, activists came together to discuss the prejudice that still confronts transgender people across Europe and the legal and social changes needed to overcome widespread bigotry.

Sam Blanckensee (photo), of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), underlines these points, as he describes the torment of not being able to be himself and his decision to transition as a teenager whilst still at a Catholic girls school in Ireland.

Kemal Ordek, of Red Umbrella Turkey, offers his analysis of the situation facing transgender people in Turkey, which, according to research, has Europe’s highest murder rate of transgender people.

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