Are you transgender? Take part in a European Commission study.

The European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) is conducting a study to better understand the socioeconomic and sociodemographic position of transgender people in the EU. It also aims to understand how national legal gender recognition policies and procedures can influence this.

ICF Consulting Services have been contracted to undertake the study on behalf of the European Commission. They have collaborated with members of the trans community and civil society to develop their research tools and overall approach to the study.

As part of the study, ICF will be gathering the views and experiences of 250+ transgender people across the EU. We invite you to take part in this study if you:

  • Identify as transgender (either currently or in the past)
  • Are aged 18 years or over
  • Live in an EU Member State

Whilst any adult who identifies (or has identified) as transgender can participate, we are especially interested to hear from those who have gone through a legal gender recognition process (either partially or fully) or would like to access legal gender recognition in the future. 

For transgender individuals, there are four main ways of taking part between July 2019 and September 2019: 

  1. Telephone interviews. These will be available in ten languages (English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Hungarian or Bulgarian). 
  2. An online consultation. You can do an online questionnaire in eight languages: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Romanian and Czech.
    • The link to the English-language questionnaire can be accessed here and will be available from 1 July 2019.
    • The multi-language version of the questionnaire can be accessed here and will be available from mid-July.
  3. Seven focus groups. The study team will conduct face-to-face focus groups in seven EU Member States. So far, focus groups are confirmed in the following Member States: Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Greece, Germany.

If you are interested in taking part in an interview or focus group and/or would like to find out more about the study, please email and somebody from the study team will be in contact with you. You can also access the online consultation using the links above.


For the study, our contractor is working with transgender organisations and other civil society organisations in this study. Some of the partners include:

Homosexuelle Initiative Wien (HOSI) (Austria), KLiQ vzw (Belgium), Bilitis (Bulgaria), Charlie z. s. (Czech Republic), Bundesvereinigung Trans* (Germany), TransVanilla (Hungary), Háttér (Hungary), Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), LGBT Helpline (Ireland), Lithuanian Gay League (Lithuania), Malta Gay Rights (Malta), Trans-Fuzja (Poland), ACCEPT (Romania), Legebitra (Slovenia), Saplinq, o.z. and Komunitné a poradenské centrum PRIZMA (Slovakia), and Focus: the Identity Trust (UK).

The Steering Committee of the study comprises ILGA Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Transgender Europe and Transgender NI.