First time, transgender people have entered the Information Center “GenderDoc-M” in 2007 looking for assistance in solving the problem of discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, as well as for psychological counselling and socialization. Over the time, at the initiative of a transgender employee, was formed a support group for transgenders, whose meetings were held regularly as to GENDERDOC-M Centre, both outside of it. To the meetings were discussed important topics for transgender people, as the psychological comfort, gender identity and gender expression, the change of name and gender in identity documents, the discrimination, the employment, the relations with other people, hormonal therapy and others.

Currently, the group gathers if necessary. Some of its members continue to provide an informal support to others in case of transition from a gender to another. The Information Centre “GENDERDOC-M”, continues to give free and confidential support to transgenic people, for the legal recognition of gender in identity documents, providing services of a qualified lawyer and maintaining the link with the commission on gender dysphoria, beside the Health Ministry, which deals with the diagnosis of “transsexualism” without which, unfortunately, transgender people can not change the name and gender in identity documents. Within the centre, similarly, activates a psychologist trained in professional counselling of transgender people. All the services of the center are free and confidential.

The support group it’s a private one. If you want to be part of it, dial 022 288861 or 022 99099. Contact persons are Paula Cerescu, LGBT Community Development Program Coordinator and Angela Frolov, Lobby and Advocacy Program Coordinator LGBT Rights

What transgender means?

Transgender or transgendered person is an umbrella category that includes those people whose gender identity (the sense of manhood or womanhood or its lack) or gender expression differs from that, usually associated, with their assigned sex at birth. Generally, any person whose identity, appearance or behaviour is different from conventional gender norm can be described as transgender. However, not every person whose appearance or behaviour does not conform to gender patterns will identify as transgender. For example, this is not a transgender a woman who assumes gender roles traditionally reserved for men, since she identifies herself as female. Persons whose gender identity coincides with biological sex assigned at birth are told cisgen or cisgender. Therefore, the woman mentioned in the above example is a cisgender woman.

What is the difference between sex and gender?

Sex refers to biological and physiological status of male or female. The term includes physical attributes such as sexual chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, internal reproductive structures and external genitalia. Gender is a frequently used term used on the ways people act, interact and feel about themselves, which are associated with the concepts of boys / men and girls / women and are not determined by biological factors, but social organization of the society. While the aspects of biological sex are the same in different cultures, the gender aspects may not be.

What is the difference between gender identity and gender expression?

Gender identity is understood as referring to intimate and personal experience of the own gender of each person, who complies or not to the sex given at birth, including personal conscience of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, the modification of appearance or body functions by medical methods, surgical or other means) and other gender expressions, including clothing, speech, behaviour. Gender expression is understood as people manifestation of their gender identity and one that is perceived by others. Often, people are striving to match their gender expression or presentation with their gender identity or identities, irrespective of the sex given at birth.

The information published in this flyer are designated to all transgender people in Moldova and transsexual women (male-to- female or MTF), male transgender (female- to-male or FTM), transvestites (cross-dresser), drag queen, drag king , bigenders, genderqueers and any other person who identify as trans *.

What kind of discrimination transgender people face?

Because their appearance does not match often to the gender registered in acts, transgender people may have difficulties renting a home, on receiving some services, on employment, at polling stations, crossing Customs Services etc. - whenever they are in the situation to identify themselves. People who have started the transition process (began to live according to gender identity) may be dismissed from work place, refused to grant certain services, may lose custody of their own children or may have difficulty obtaining the recognition of registered marriage. In some countries, where exist such statistics, it was found that many transgender people are targets of hate crimes. The widespread discrimination based on gender identity or expression could determine transgender people not feel safe or feel ashamed, even when they are not directly victimized.

How can I report the violence based on gender identity or gender expression?

The violence based on gender identity of gender expression is a crime and should be treated as such. Violence can take many forms such as harassment, intimidation, psychological or physical aggression. Abusers can be different people, both foreign as family members. All act of violence must be reported to the police. Similarly, you can report the acts of violence at the Information Centre “GENDERDOC-M”, which can provide you, psychological and legal assistance free of charge and confidential.

What can I do that my gender identity be legally recognized?

In Republic of Moldova, the legislation on legal recognition of gender identity is almost absent. Therefore, transgender people are forced to address to a court order for obtaining identity documents that would correspond to their identity. If you are a transgender person and you want to change name and gender in identity documents in accordance with your gender identity, you can contact the Information Center “GenderDoc-M” for legal assistance. We can provide services of a competent lawyer, free of charge and confidential.

At the time of this material publication, already five women and men transgenders from the Republic of Moldova have succeed to correct their name and gender in identity documents after they addressed to the Centre.

  • Sașa Sugac Coordinator of Support group for transgender and gender non-coforming
  • Angela Frolov Coordonatoare de Program Lobby și Advocacy a Drepturilor LGBT

Sasha started his work at the Information Center GenderDoc-M in 2015 as a volunteer. As an openly transgender person, he has participated in various media projects and held meetings of the Support group for transgender and gender non-conformant people. In 2016, he was engaged in the organisation as the Coordinator of the Support Group for transgender and gender non-conformant people in the framework of the project "ProTrans: Protecting transgender people from violence in Eastern Europe". Sasha facilitates the monthly meetings of the group, providing individual counseling from equal to equal and carries out activities for raising public awareness on the identity and expression of gender.

Activează în organizaţie din 2006: a începul să se implice activ în demersul centrului, în calitate de voluntar a programului dedicat activismului femeilor; în 2007, a preluat postul de asistent în programele de lobby și susţinere a drepturilor LGBT; în 2010 a fost promovată în funcţia de coordonatoare a programului de lobby și susţinere a drepturilor persoanelor LGBT. Coordonează activitatea generala a programului, reprezintă interesele organizaţiei la nivel naţional și internaţional, desfășoară consultări iniţiale, cu privire la discriminarea și încălcarea drepturilor omului bazate pe orientarea sexuală și identitatea de gen, redirecţionează beneficiari pentru a obţine consiliere juridică către un avocat profesionist. Coordonează activitatea de informare a organizaţiei și propune o evaluare de expert asupra situaţiei drepturilor omului pentru persoanele LGBT din Republica Moldova .

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