This section, which is steadily updated, includes a list of Italian organizations that provide services dedicated to transgender people. To join the list or submit suggestions or recommendations, please send an e-mail message to email@example.com
(President: Monica Romano)
In line with articles 13 (“Personal liberty shall be inviolable”) and 3 (“All citizens shall have equal social dignity and shall be equal before the law, without distinction of gender, race, language, religion, political opinion, personal and social conditions”) of the Italian Constitution, the Association for Transgender Culture and Ethics (ACET) is committed to safeguard the right to personal identity for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. As well as, to promote “gender freedom” — intended as the universal chance to decide and freely self-determine which gender suits the inner self most — as a fundamental right protected by law.
ACET is free from any political influence, and it rather represents a school of thought, as well as an independent political and cultural elaboration.
ACET is non-profit and basically relies on volunteering.
Headquarters: via Soperga, 36 at Associazione “Il Guado” — Milan
(President: Cinzia Messina)
“Affetti Oltre il Genere - APS” stems from the initiative of a group of transgender people’s parents, who feel an urge to give voice to instances of children and adolescents with gender identities not matching sex assigned at birth. The objective is to provide information about transgender childhood and adolescence; to welcome and offer counseling and support to parents and families across the stages of gender affirmation; to advise them thanks to health operators, professionals, and local dedicated facilities.
The association promotes the recognition of people’s right to self-determination of perceived gender identity, irrespective of sex assigned at birth. It encourages positive respect for diversity by disclosure of bullying and discrimination at school, work, home, in sports contexts, institutions and society in general, to create suitable accepting environments.
Legal headquarters: Via Braccesca, 78/s – 48124 – San Michele (RA), Emilia Romagna
Telephone: 379 2409612
(President, contact person and legal representative: Fiorenzo Gimelli)
AGEDO Nazionale is an association — with legal headquarters in Turin and administrative headquarters in Milan since 1993 — that brings together parents, relatives, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The primary focus of AGEDO is discrimination concerning gender identity and sexual orientation. It is a II-level voluntary organization with 29 local offices all over Italy. At an early stage, in a pretty different social context, a pioneering group took a stand and laid claim to normality for their children and families. They offered a sort of “helpline” to families in a crisis after their children’s coming out, to share their experiences, and find resources to understand and overcome prejudice and fear. AGEDO is in active contact and exchanges views with local and national institutions, such as:
We took part in the two-year heated debate and activism that led “civil partnership” to be passed into law (76/2016). For the first time, specific rights to same-sex couples were recognized — but no legal status to children born within such partnerships — with an average delay of 10-20 years as compared with the most advanced European countries.
In its early years, AGEDO would only include homosexual people’s parents, but parents of transgender adolescents and even pre-adolescents have been taking part in the Association as of late. Thus contributing to boost our expertise and capacity of help on these specific topics.
We are collectively and constantly focused on popularizing the concept of “rights for all, unless rights are intended as privileges”. Notably, any AGEDO local office offers the following free-of-charge services:
AGEDO usually interacts with other national associations (Arcigay, MIT, Rainbow Families, Rainbow Parents Network, Radical Association “Certi Diritti”, Polis Aperta) and local associations to better impact public opinion and politics in the fight against homotransphobia. AGEDO is always in open dialogue with any willing social and political force.
Legal headquarters: Via Bernardino Lanino, 3 – 10152 – Torino (TO), Piemonte
Administrative headquarters: Via Bezzecca, 4 – 20135 – Milano (MI), Lombardia
Local offices: www.agedonazionale.org/sedi-territoriali-aggiornate/
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – email@example.com
(President: Mercedes Bo; Contact person: Daniela Pittaluga)
In 1999, AIED kicked off a specialized division on issues concerning gender identity and fluidity, as well as non-binarism, to offer targeted help to people. A cross-disciplinary team provide dedicated counseling, support and mentoring.
Address: Via Cesarea, 37/E/R – 16121 – Genova (GE), Liguria
Telephone: 010 566565; 010 586881
(President: Vincenzo Cristiano; Contact person: Antonia Monopoli)
ALA Milano Onlus is a non-religious association for education, prevention, social inclusion, and development cooperation, which has been operating both nationally and internationally since 1996. Our distinctive mark is direct involvement of possible recipients (shared methodology). This model allows us to suit our actions to fit specific peculiarities and people’s real needs. Our philosophy takes root in innovation, experimentation, and above all action assessment. The Organization takes advantage of the collaboration with qualified professionals (psychologists, educators, trainers, cultural mediators, entertainers).
Transgender help desk: it is one of the six specific services we provide at a national level (and the first of its kind in Lombardy) aimed at promoting support, health prevention and social/work inclusion for transgender people. It also fights gender discrimination, by ad-hoc assistance to persons concerned and their families, which consists in offering welcoming, counseling, mentoring, and contact with territorial Services (hospitals, centers for sexually transmitted diseases, social services, etc.). The help desk provides consulting on transitioning, psychological assistance, job mentoring, educational tutoring, social secretariat services, press agency services, and online dissemination. Awareness campaigns and education/counseling events are organized to the advantage of public institutions and private citizens as well (www.sportellotransalamilano.it/sportellotrans/).
Address: Via Boifava, 60/A – 20142 – Milano (MI), Lombardia
Telephone: 02 89516464
Trans Amica Line: 377 7079633
YouTube: ALA Milano Onlus - YouTube
(President: Manlio Converti)
The Association AMIGAY APS (Associazione Medici Good As You) gathers LGBTI and LGBTI-Friendly doctors, nurses, psychologists, welfare workers, obstetricians, and university students, researchers and professors to promote scientific research and dissemination on LGBTI health topics and rights. Our Organization includes transgender associates, who work as health professionals in favor of LGBTI rights.
Our scope is to attain the implementation of the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD11) in Italy, such that the model of gender dysphoria can be overtaken in favor of gender incongruity. This will ensure greater freedom of choice and gatekeeper reduction or removal in transition (or, rather, affirmation) paths. Above all, we work to obtain established protocols for equal access to health units and wards as to prevention, diagnosis and treatment, in all fields from pediatrics to traumatology, across primary care, oncology, psychiatry, cardiology. This requires inclusive identity records when accessing the National Health System or in epidemiological research.
The Association takes care of defending LGBTI health personnel’s rights by support to coming out and Alias work cards for transgender people.
Our effort focuses on education and LGBTI health rights by adaptation of evidence-based principles inspired by the American Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) to the Italian context. Such is the case with HEI (Health Equality Index), a model of evaluation of services provided by the National Health System to LGBTI people and health workers.
Legal headquarters: Via Giuseppe Orsi, 13 – 80128 – Napoli (NA), Campania
(President: Carlo Dejana)
Since December 1, 2002, ARC has been promoting LGBT+ culture and fighting against any type of discrimination, especially that concerning gender identity and sexual orientation. Every year a number of public and free initiatives, festivals and events are organized by the Association to celebrate LGBT+ rights.
Our major events include:
In addition to public initiatives, the Association offers the “Ci siamo!” (We’re here!) help desk managed by volunteers supervised by the Faculty of Psychology of Cagliari University, together with a vast, publicly available media library.
ARC periodically schedules campaigns for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and free tests.
We are ever in need of human resources: if you are interested in our events, please, write to us or contact our social channels.
Legal and administrative headquarters: Via Sonnino, 208 – 09127 – Cagliari (CA), Sardegna
Main office: Via Falzarego, 35 – 09123 – Cagliari (CA), Sardegna
(Contact person: Antonella Nicosia)
Arcigay is the most important Italian non-profit LGBT+ association, as well as the largest one as to the number of volunteers and activists. It is an association for social promotion (APS) registered in the national APS list under number 115 (law 383/2000). Since 1985, Arcigay has been fighting for equal rights and self-determination, as well as the overcoming of stereotypes and prejudice against LGBT+ people, and of any type of discrimination. It is active on a national level through its 70 local committees and supporting associations managed by thousands of strongly motivated LGBT+ and non-LGBT+ volunteers and activists.
Legal headquarters: Via Don Minzoni, 18 – 40121 – Bologna (BO), Emilia-Romagna
Local offices: www.arcigay.it/sedi/#.Xpb3gcgzZPY
(Manager: Regina Satariano)
Committed to the protection and affirmation of the rights of those who identify themselves as transsexual and transgender, the Association pursues aims of social solidarity, support, and socialization for T* people, in defense of their physical and psychological health. We offer a peaceful, professional environment, as well as various activities and ever-evolving services. The Transgender Consultancy Project of Torre del Lago Puccini (Free Medical-Legal Assistance and Counselling) started in 2008 as a pilot project of the Tuscany Region, which acknowledged the request from transgender organizations, led by the Trans Identity Movement (MIT) of Bologna, to create a center for the protection of transsexual and transgender people’s rights and health. We have worked in close collaboration with MIT Bologna Consultancy since 1992. The project has been regularly financed since 2008, and Transgender Consultancy can now offer a wide range of services. It has assisted trans people, and established collaborations with other structures of the Tuscany Region that deal with gender dysphoria, such as AOUP of Cisanello (Pisa) and AOUC of Careggi (Florence). Transgender Consultancy is a center recognized by ONIG (National Observatory on Gender Identity) whose protocols of intervention have been adopted by the Consultancy.
Head of Consultancy and reception, facilitators in Self/Mutual-Help groups, secretary and cultural mediator, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrist, legal advisor and volunteers.
Address: Via Domenico dell'Aquila, 27/2 – 55049 – Torre del Lago Puccini (LU), Toscana
Telephone and fax: 0584 350469
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – email@example.com
(President and contact person: Chiara Piccoli)
ALFI - Italian Lesbian Feminist Association is a non-profit association for social promotion (APS) with multiple offices all over the country.
Started in April 2018 as a point of reference for LBT+ women, ALFI fights for gender equality, women’s self-determination, and to overcome barriers, stereotypes and prejudice regarding sexual orientation and gender identity of lesbian, bisexual, trans* and intersex women, as well as those of LGBT+ people in general.
ALFI operates as a political subject at the national level in interaction with authorities and by taking part in LGBT+ themed events and round tables. It also coordinates communication by publicizing projects and information campaigns about LBT+ women’s rights and the fight for gender equality. It also supports local affiliated associations that share its goals. The Association’s primary mission is combating discrimination against lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women — and homosexual, bisexual, trans* and intersex people in general — at any level: at home, at work, at school, in the health context. This is achieved in synergy with affiliated institutions across the country.
ALFI’s political platform finds its major scope in boosting lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women’s psycho-physical well-being through education, support, and visibility initiatives to ensure equal rights and opportunities in any environment and at any level. The association is autonomous, non-party and anti-racist; self-financing exclusively relies on membership recruitment, private donations, and funding from public and private calls for bids.
ALFI’s goals are established by its Social Statute and Political Document, approved by majority in the Assembly of Associates, which comprises the delegates of all affiliated organizations, and represents the most important decision-making body of the Association. The Assembly of Associates can approve changes to the Statute on extraordinary sessions, and it provides for the election of the Association’s bodies every 3 years.
In addition to the Assembly of Associates, ALFI consists of: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, National Secretariat, and Guarantee and Revision Council. These representative bodies are committed to pursue the Association’s Vision and Mission, and to support local organizations in their activities.
Legal headquarters: Vico San Geronimo, 17 – 80134 – Napoli (NA), Campania
Local offices: www.associazionelesbica.it/enti
Telephone: 351 5819424
(President: Leila Pereira Daianis — Manager: Samantha Miriam Ester Trapanotto)
The Volunteer Association Libellula, (formed in January 2003 with its statute approved by the Assembly) has been involved in field work since 1997, in contexts related to transsexualism, transgenderism, immigration, protection of LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). It also promotes the dissemination of useful information to educate the public on these issues, both in Rome and throughout the country.
Legal Headquarters: Via Liberiana, 17 – 00185 – Roma (RM), Lazio c/o CSV LAZIO
Telephone: 06 491340 (centralino)
Local office: Viale Giustiniano Imperatore, 280/A – 00145 – Roma (RM), Lazio
Mobile: 331 8380140
(President and Legal Representative: Ileana Capurro)
The non-profit association ATN was founded on 4.10.2007. Since then, ATN has actively raised awareness about, and helped transsexual people, through initiatives aimed at recognizing and affirming transsexual freedom, and responding to their needs by promoting local actions.
The Association has many goals:
The Association also has a counseling center, operated by peers and aiming to support transsexual persons when dealing with transsexuality issues through counseling, empowerment, health and legal support, psychological support, groups of Self/Mutual Help.
ATN counseling is affiliated to:
Legal headquarters: Piazza E. De Nicola, 46 – 80139 – Napoli (NA), Campania
Telephone: 333 7740209
(President: Richard Bourelly)
Azione Trans is a Rome-based association for the protection of trans, transsexual and transgender people. It is committed to the diffusion of a culture of acknowledgement of T* people, and promotes actions against discrimination in social contexts and in the job market. It also offers psychological, mediation and legal support to victims of transphobia.
(Person of contact: Devisri Nambiar)
Boramosa is an association offering support to LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, living in Padua and surrounding areas. Boramosa's workers have specific experience on issues such as transnational migration, international protection, gender and non-hetero-cis-normative sexuality, and are committed to promoting spaces for expression and awareness raising.
(Contact person: Diego Cricelli)
The BOA Association - Brianza Oltre Arcobaleno aps -aims to protect the rights of people of the LGBT + community.
Our association promotes the culture of inclusion and diversity, centering its activities on providing information about, and support to, LGBT+ people. It promotes and organizes cultural events, workshops, and demonstrations to raise awareness of the LGBT+ movement, also thanks to partnerships with other organizations, institutions, collectives, national and international associations.
In June 2020, we inaugurated the first help desk for LGBT+ citizens in Brianza, a collaboration project between Brianza Oltre l'Arcobaleno APS (BOA) and CGIL trade union of Monza and Brianza. The help desk provides a space for non-judgmental listening, reception, and support for LGBT+ people going through crucial moments, especially for victims of violence and discrimination. It also provides legal support in cases of discrimination in the workplace, together with the Legal and Litigation Office of the CGIL of Monza and Brianza and with specific branches of this trade union.
Our association creates, promotes and manages local initiatives in Brianza related to publishing, cinema/theater and visual arts, art workshops, with special attention given to the issue of LGBT+ rights. We organize workshops and extracurricular activities, provide information and Self/Mutual-Help desks, in schools in Brianza, with a focus on preventive actions against homo-bi-transphobic bullying. We also organize demonstrations, workshops, cultural events and exhibitions with LGBT + themes in Brianza.
BOA also aims to create a shelter for LGBT+ people in need, a commitment that is certainly ambitious but necessary, to offer protection to those who are forced from their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Furthermore, we are setting up a crowdfunding to soften financial needs of LGBT+ people left destitute due to homo-bi-transphobic hatred and unable to provide for basic needs, such as groceries, rent, utility bills and/or basic medication.
Head office: Via Lecco, 42 – 20900 – Monza (MB), Lombardia
Telephone: 333 4668560
(President: Michele Formisano)
CEST is an association of trans people, health and legal professionals, and activists from the LGBT+ world that promotes the psychophysical well-being of trans people, and offers every support necessary for the affirmation of the principle of full equality. Our goal is to offer, in a single facility, a plurality of services required along the path of transition. This is possible thanks to a network of professionals (psychotherapists, endocrinologists, lawyers, doctors of aesthetic medicine, surgeons, gynecologists, andrologists) with experience in gender dysphoria and sensitive towards the problems that trans people usually face. CEST offers a reception service by trans people both at the premises (through monthly peer-to-peer meetings) and by phone/Whatsapp/e-mail/FB page, since many trans people live in areas lacking reception services or support for those who want to transition.
CEST is the only national center to offer remote psychological attention through video-call tools such as Skype, Whatsapp, Talkini.
(President: Claudio Mazzella)
The Circle operates in political, social and cultural areas and collaborates with other LGBT+ realities and organizations aiming to defend and promote human and civil rights, and to fight against discrimination. Politically, it works against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, for civil rights and a culture of diversity, by engaging the media, political parties and institutions to change discriminatory attitudes because of sexual orientation or gender identity. To this end, the circle carries out political initiatives, debates, events, and has organized the Pride Parade in Rome since 1994.
Some of our achievements are:
The Club offers numerous social services and activities: psychological counseling, telephone counseling through the Rainbow Line (toll-free number 800 110 611), HIV testing, Self/Mutual Help groups for people with HIV, legal counseling, the Welcome youth group.
Address: Via Efeso, 2 – 00146 – Roma (RM), Lazio
Telephone: 06 5413985
Fax: 06 5413971
(President: Stefano Bonvissuto)
Collettivo Ugualmente is the first association in the province of Frosinone to specifically deal with LGBT+ issues.
The Association was formally established in March 2019, but the volunteers of the collective had already been working in the area for about 3 years. We offer support to victims of bullying and marginalization, organize cultural events, meetings, book presentations, Self/Mutual-Help groups, training, information and awareness days.
Our service qualifies as a psychological listening service and information provider regarding T* issues. Our purpose is to support inclusion and acceptance of T* people. We are committed to providing listening and guidance to transgender boys and girls and their families if they require help in this area. Listening is free and guaranteed by confidentiality and professional secrecy.
We provide psychological counseling for up to three free meetings, and help people to find their way around local services provided in the region and in the country. The service is provided by two psychotherapists trained in this field. One of them (the vice-president of the association) is a member of ONIG (National Observatory on Gender Identity).
It should be noted that the Collective is non-profit and the services offered are provided exclusively by volunteers who do not receive any compensation for their work. Our purpose is to fight against all forms of discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity, thus promoting the free development of human identity, without distinction of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or social status. Our main goal is to protect universal rights, with particular reference to minorities, especially the right to individual freedom and autonomy, in the respect of each person’s identity and their choice of a satisfying, happy self-determined life.
Address: Corso della Repubblica, 48/52 – 03100 – Frosinone (FR), Lazio
(President: Mirco Di Naro, President — Vice-Chairman and Manager: Nicola Noro)
The T* Group of G.A.G.A Vicenza is a space dedicated to trans* people. We provide a free help desk, coordinated by trained volunteers who, after reception, direct the person to referral services and professionals.
Created with the purpose of listening, it has grown as a social and support group, where members may to open up to peers and exchange information regarding the psychological, medical and bureaucratic process of transition.
The group felt the need to do more, and thus their involvement in peer-to-peer training and information projects. In fact, it has met several times with students of schools in Vicenza, promoting information on issues of Gender Identity, to help prevent discrimination and stigma against trans* people.
Group members are also activists and participate in LGBT+ demonstrations and events, organize flash mobs and social media campaigns, with a focus on events dear to the trans* community, such as TDoR (Trans Day of Remembrance) and TDoV (Trans Day of Visibility).
Address: Polo Giovanni in Contrà Barche,55 – 36100 – Vicenza (VI), Veneto
Telephone: 348 8998584 (Mirco Di Naro); 340 9198843 (sportello T*)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – email@example.com
(President: Fabrizio Marrazzo)
The Gay Center is the home for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A welcoming place for individuals and organizations, which promotes services, initiatives and culture for the welfare and rights of homosexuals and transsexuals. We help individuals and groups to reach their full potential. Located in the heart of Rome, in via Zabaglia 14, the Gay Center is one of the main Italian centers with LGBT+ community services, integrating the experience of its founders: Arcigay Roma, Differenza Lesbica Roma, Azione Trans. Every week, hundreds of people visit the Gay Center, and dozens of groups meet and talk.
One of the primary functions of the Gay Center is to provide an accessible space for LGBT+ organizations’ initiatives, many of which would otherwise have nowhere to go. Collaboration, in fact, is an opportunity for growth.
Address: Via Nicola Zabaglia, 14 – 00153 – Roma (RM), Lazio
Telephone: 06 64501102
Fax: 06 64501103
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – email@example.com
(President: Gioele Hyland)
Gender X is an association committed to addressing transgender and gender variant issues, targeted to young people, by using social media channels, the most widespread and effective means of communication. We organize empowerment groups aimed at creating occasions for social aggregation and information. Our purpose is to tear down the barriers of discrimination through knowledge, and bring to light all contemporary transgender realities.
(President and Contact Person: Elisabetta Ferrari)
GenderLens is an association of parents with children experiencing gender variance in childhood/adolescence, of young non-binary transgender students and activists, as well as trained professionals offering their multidisciplinary skills (anthropological, social psychological, LGBTQI+ counseling, etc.). GenderLens members offer their experience and knowledge, and understand that only collective work and common efforts will allow transgender children and adolescents to exercise the fundamental right of gender self-determination. A right any civil society should guarantee.
The services GenderLens offers are primarily intended for parents of gender variant youths. They can receive professional support, as well as access to confidential online group meetings where families can talk to each other, and find useful tools, knowledge, and strategies to deal positively with their experience.
GenderLens also provides consultancy and training on gender variance to schools, institutions and workplaces, with a prejudice-free approach, based on knowledge, education and respect for the coexistence of diversity of all kinds.
Legal headquarters: Via Rua Pioppa, 53 – 41121 − Modena (MO), Emilia Romagna
Telephone: 346 6862321
(President: Emanuele Morandi)
"Le Ninfe - GenovaGaya" is a non-profit LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex) association established in Genoa on December 4, 2003, as “Le Ninfe”, re-founded with the name GenovaGaya in May 2009, which became a legal non-profit since in 2011.
The association has been active in Genoa, Liguria, and Lower Piedmont since 2003. Our purpose is to support, inform and orient homosexual and transsexual or transgender persons, through reception at our headquarters. We also organize cultural, artistic and recreational activities to promote socialization, individual expression, and sharing of experiences.
We are committed to fighting all forms of prejudice and social discrimination, notably against homosexual and transsexual or transgender people. Likewise, we want to claim full recognition of civil rights through demonstrations and events aimed at raising awareness on these issues, as well as by active collaboration and dialogue with institutions and other components of the homosexual and transgender movement.
((President: Christian Leonardo Cristalli)
In 2016, we formed a collective: a self-organized, bottom-up, horizontal assembly. In 2018, at the assembly’s request, we became a non-profit association for social promotion. We chose to represent our own political views, our needs and desires in the dialogue with public institutions, and to formally take on the responsibility for being an important reference point for trans* and non-trans persons. We operate nationally pursuing social solidarity, networking with other LGBT+ and anti-fascist realities, fighting for a society free from racism, sexism, ableism, gender violence. Likewise, we also interact with public facilities and institutions to promote the recognition and protection of the rights of our many-sided trans* subjectivity.
Furthermore, we want to create spaces for new gender and non-gender horizons and perspectives, starting from our lives, knowledge and experiences, being active in local politics and creating projects and paths to improve the quality of life of the trans* population in all its aspects: the social sphere, the workplace, wellness, health, research, sports, education, arts, and culture. Based in Bologna, our first commitment was creating a safe place in the city – something that was missing – giving people the possibility of free expression and the experience of a rainbow of genders and non-genders, through moments of self-awareness and sharing.
Address: Via Marconi, 18 – 40122 – Bologna (BO), Emilia-Romagna
Telephone: 346 7330971
(President: Carlo Cremona)
The purpose of the association for social promotion “i Ken” Onlus is to promote the abatement of social, religious, economic, cultural differences through educational and sociocultural initiatives. Specifically, the association aims to carry out education, information, development and support work regarding the dynamics and problems, both individual and social, related to being homosexual, transgender or gender non-conforming.
The Rainbow Center Naples offers, since 2007, many opportunities to find help in the Campania Region, including the CGIL trade union help desks, and the community home project Questa casa non è un albergo (This House is not a Hotel).
Helpdesk LGBT + i Ken — CGIL Na “Nuovi Diritti” at CGIL Naples room 218
Address: Via Toledo, 353 – 80134 – Napoli (NA), Campania
Telephone: 081 19478451
Mobile: 393 8013868
Questa casa non è un albergo
Address: Via Antonio Genovesi, 36 – 80141 – Napoli (NA), Campania
Telephone: 081 7802277
Mobile: 393 8013868
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
(Manager: Daria Campriani)
Founded in spring 2013, Intersexioni is a collective of activists and scholars from different backgrounds, as well as different professional and life experiences. They are united by their interest in variously interconnected issues, such as inequalities and discrimination based on non-attributable characteristics; various combinations of discrimination by sex/gender, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, further intertwined with sexism, racism, speciesism, classism; gender-based violence, bullying, homo-trans-negativity, and intersexfobia; human rights of intersex people (or people with variations in sex characteristics); rights of minorities by sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or sex characteristics (chromosomal, gonadal/hormonal, anatomical), as well as issues related to new families, homo- and trans-parenting. They also analyze the ideology of carnism and speciesism, and the rights of non-human animals. These issues have helped us to deepen into the common roots of various forms of domination and violence, which can be found in the economy and in pastoral patriarchal ideology.
It is our common desire and commitment to try to analyze first and then unhinge the logic of domination and abuse, in the respect for every living being, and for the construction of a better society, unbiased, fair and welcoming.
(Barbara Caponi - President, Contact person)
IREOS is a voluntary association of, and meant for, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex people. Created in 1997 in Florence, from the experience gained in previous years as a health counseling center by a group of people (volunteers, professionals and non-professionals), the association has taken on specific characteristics but keeps working in the same spirit.
IREOS addresses culture, health and well-being issues that involve the Florentine and Tuscan queer population: i.e., the processes of self-help, self-organization and empowerment of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people within the community. The main purpose of the association is to promote solidarity and acceptance of diversity through knowledge of the other, by stimulating intercultural exchange between the Florentine queer community and the rest of the city. The vocation of IREOS as a service center is to help individuals belonging to a minority group promote activities aimed at a better quality of life and social integration, as well as have an impact on the general population by organizing meetings to foster discussions and information.
The association manages a Health Counseling Center, a Documentation Center with books, journals, videos and other documents on the queer culture; promotes the Florence Queer Festival, an international festival of gay, lesbian and transgender cinema; it is home to Points of Assisted Access to the Internet with two free web stations operating on Linux; organizes meetings and presentations, and hosts art exhibitions.
IREOS is affiliated to A.N.P.AS. (National Association of Public Assistance) and to the Tuscan Regional Coordination of Self-Help Groups.
Legal and administrative headquarters: Via dei serragli, 3 ‒ 50100 ‒ Firenze (FI), Toscana
Telephone: 055 216907
(Abruzzo Manager: Davide Silvestri — Cagliari Manager: Francesca Fadda)
La Formica Viola is an association for social promotion created to disseminate the culture of acceptance and respect. It advances and promotes gender self-determination and works to deconstruct cultural representations and gender stereotypes considered, by numerous solid sociological and psychosocial studies, the premise for discrimination and bullying. The association organizes cultural events, and makes psycho-educational interventions in schools.
Headquarters: Via Giolitti, 1 – 65015 – Montesilvano (PE), Abruzzo
Telephone: 347 8150573 (Davide Silvestri, Abruzzo)
Telephone: 347 2114917 (Frascesca Fadda, Sardegna)
(President: Gian Carlo Mazza – Contact Person: Sara Buono)
Sportello Trans Viterbo was born in 2019 within the association “L'Altro circolo - Centro culturale di iniziativa Omosessuale — APS”.
The Helpdesk offers:
Address: Via Igino Garbini, 51/A – 01100 – Largo Francesco Nagni, Viterbo (VT), Lazio
Telephone: 388 8637007 (Counseling telefonico); 342 7531133 (contattare solo tramite WhatsApp)
Sportello Trans Facebook: www.facebook.com/sportellotransviterbo/
(Christan Ballarin, Referente)
Spo.T is Turin’s Maurice GLBTQ Helpdesk for transsexual and transgender people. It was created to offer reception and listening to transsexual and transgender people and all those who are questioning their gender identity. The service is managed mainly by T* persons to guarantee a peer-to-peer welcome. The team of professionals consists of two psychotherapists, an endocrinologist and a counselor. It also offers legal counseling and flanking services. Spo.T collaborates with a network of institutions and associations in the area to provide the best solutions to the needs of the people who resort to the helpdesk.
Address: Via Stampatori, 10 – 10122 – Torino (TO), Piemonte
Telephone: 331 9828022
(President: Porpora Marcasciano)
MIT is a non-profit association active in Bologna since 1988. It was officially founded in 1981 as the Italian Transsexual Movement, distinguishing itself in battles for the recognition of the rights of trans persons. In the beginning it was based in several Italian cities such as Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, Treviso. In 1982, Law 164 passed thanks to its commitment. This was the first great sign of openness towards a reality historically denied until then. In 1994, the Municipality of Bologna allotted the association an office where important services and projects were set up, later internationally recognized as “good practices”. Under the leadership of Marcella Di Folco -the first transsexual woman to be elected city councilor- the association made its mark on the Italian political scene. The services offered by MIT are an excellent example of conjunction between public and private social services. In 1994, the first Consultancy for the health of trans people was activated. In the same year, together with the Committee for the Civil Rights of Prostitutes, MIT presented and promoted the method of harm reduction in the world of prostitution. This strategy of intervention was later adopted by many local groups and institutions throughout the country. In 1997, thanks to a significant relationship with the CGIL trade union, MIT created the first job help desk. In the same year, MIT contributed to the birth of ONIG (National Observatory for Gender Identity) of which it was vice-president until 2020 when it resigned. MIT manages a reception system, initially reserved for trans people in a state of social fragility, later expanded to victims of exploitation and then to transgender asylum seekers. In 2018, the Migrant Desk was established and the Legal Desk reinstated. The association intervenes in several Italian prisons to support trans inmates, and in 2015 wrote dedicated guidelines on detention. As of 2008, it organizes Divergenti, the first International Trans Cinema Festival in Italy. MIT directly and indirectly promotes actions defending health and welfare, protecting human rights, creating and promoting culture and information.
Address: Via Polese, 22 – 40122 – Bologna (BO), Emilia-Romagna
Telephone and Fax: 051 271666
(President and Contact Person: Stefano Bucaioni)
A recognized association for social promotion founded in Perugia in 1992, Omphalos LGBTI works for the advancement and protection of human and civil rights by eradicating any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the city and throughout the region.
In over 25 years of activity, and thanks to a comfortable, rewarding collaboration with local institutions, the Association has grown to become a reference for the entire LGBT+ community in Umbria, and a main actor among lay and progressive associations. One of the largest LGBT+ national associations, with over 1500 members, Omphalos is federated with ALFI and ARCI. It is also included in the “Registry of associations and entities engaged in anti-discrimination activities” held by UNAR (National Office Against Racial Discrimination) at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
The vision of the association is to guarantee lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersex people the right to happiness, thus favoring a secular, democratic society, respectful of human rights. Our action is based on the respect and promotion of human and civil rights, freedom, equality, solidarity, antifascism, non-violence, peace, social inclusion of every person, and the rejection of any kind of totalitarianism or discrimination. It also endorses the peaceful relationship between every individual and their social and natural environment, the democratic and lay nature of institutions, internal democracy, participation of members in the life of the Association, transparency in the decision-making process.
In synergy with its governing bodies, Omphalos is internally organized into working groups, community services and activities that develop and deliver policies to assist, and advocate for, the various needs of the LGBT+ community. These organizational sectors have a competence spectrum ranging from organizing cultural, political and recreational activities, to developing youth inclusion policies. They also fight against homo-lesbian-bi-transphobia, work for prevention of sexually transmitted infections, give legal and psychological counseling to victims of discrimination. They advocate for the inclusion of LGBT+ deaf people, give assistance to political asylum seekers for reasons related to sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as help to overcome homophobia in sports.
Address: Via della Pallotta, 42 – 06126 – Perugia (PG), Umbria
Telephone: 075 5723175
(President: Paolo Valerio)
ONIG is an association founded in 1998 by professionals addressing the issue of transgenderism in Italy and representatives of transgender associations. The association shares the principles of Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), now World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (www.wpath.org), adapting them to the Italian context. Specifically, it draws on the 7th version of the Standards of Care published by WPATH for the health of transgender, transsexual, and gender-nonconforming people. The International Standards of Care are based on the best available science, and the consensus of experienced professionals. The ONIG, by statute, “aims to encourage discussion and collaboration between all realities concerned with the issues of transgenderism (…) to deepen the knowledge about them at a scientific and social level, and promote cultural openness towards the full freedom of expression of transsexual and transgender people”.
The Observatory brings together persons involved with transgenderism and transsexualism (professionals, representatives of associations, institutional figures, etc.) in various ways. Specifically, it strives to define guidelines for medical, surgical, psychological and legal interventions to guarantee the quality of care for people who undertake gender affirmation paths, as well as to guarantee the activities of professionals. Special attention is given to ensuring that the gender affirmation process takes place in an integrated psycho-medical-surgical-social context. Originally, the association dealt exclusively with adults, but in 2012, ONIG created a Commission for Minors, bringing together representatives of Italian facilities that take charge of minors and their families, increasingly recurring to specialized centers. As in the case of adults, this Commission has developed guidelines for minors. According to ONIG Guidelines, taking charge entails focusing on supporting families, minors, and working with their social environment, schools in particular. ONIG website lists the Italian facilities that work with adults and minors and how to access them.
(President: Danilo Beniamino Di Leo — Contact person: Tanya Di Martino)
Pride Vesuvio Rainbow ODV is a volunteer association founded in July 2015, pursuing civic, solidarity and social utility purposes.
Born in March 2014, as an LGBT+ observatory in the Vesuvian area, today it is a volunteer organization, recognized by the Campania Region. Its democratic participation is inspired by the constitutional principles of equality, freedom and social solidarity. Special attention is given to LGBT+ persons and issues. It is enrolled in the UNAR (Presidency of the Council of Ministers) Registry of associations and entities engaged in anti-discrimination activities.
Pride Vesuvio Rainbow is committed to the recognition, promotion and protection of human and civil rights. It supports the LGBT+ community and opposes all forms of violence, prejudice, intolerance and discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a reference point and meeting place, and promotes the integration of LGBT+ people both nationwide and in the Vesuvian area in particular.
The Trans Help Desk offers advice on the transition path, psychological and legal assistance, as well as support in job hunting. The Association also organizes outreach events, counseling and training activities for all citizens, and information initiatives in schools.
Address: Via Fusco, 1 – 80058 – Torre Annunziata (NA), Campania
Telephone: 081 19938694
Mobile: 329 4690799; 338 8032697
(Arch. Nathan Bonnì - President, Contact Person)
Progetto Genderqueer was born in 2009 and became the first online reference point in Italian language for non-GAMI (against Gender-Affirming Medical Interventions), non-binary transgender paths. In 2017, it started organizing events in Lombardy, and at the end of 2020 -during the lockdown- it became an “online collective”. Platforms such as Meet and Telegram are used to fulfill the demand from many Italian-speaking persons living in Italy and abroad. Events compatible with the health emergency and its restrictions are held on site and online.
Progetto Genderqueer is intended for transgender people going through a non-GAMI path and people with a non-binary gender identity (enby, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, bigender), to promote and enhance socialization and self-awareness, both online and in cultural events. Thereby, we can reach people who otherwise would have no way to investigate their subjective experience of gender by sharing/comparing it with other people’s.
The self-awareness activities should not be deemed as self-help, but rather as a reinterpretation of what happens to us. Thus, deadnaming (when we are addressed by our birth name), misgendering (when we are addressed by pronouns or other gender-specific words “consistent” with our biological sex), coming out ignored at work, in the family, in health care and other contexts, become themes for reflection and for the construction of shared strategies to deal with situations in which people fail to acknowledge our gender identity.
During the social events, held online and live in friendly clubs in Milan, one can make friends with people sharing a non-GAMI, non-binary subjectivity, and with “allied” people, introduced by those who already attend the collective.
Cultural events are organized in partnership with other organizations active both in Milan (ACET, Rizzo Lari, Donne Verdi, UAAR, Arciatea) and online, that aim to foster awareness about the transgender non-GAMI, non-binary condition, and related issues. Unlike other organizations, we have made agreements with friendly professionals to meet the specific needs of non-GAMI, non-binary people, such as: medical doctors (including genital health professionals) who are committed to respecting the gender identity of the person; lawyers who deal not only with gender transition, but also with rights related to civil unions, foster care, adoptions, discrimination at work and in other contexts; psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists trained in gender identity (including non-binary) who can then help the person and avoid misunderstandings. If contacted through our website or e-mail, these professionals will apply the specific terms of the agreements that Genderqueer Project users are entitled to.
Local office: Via Soperga, 36 – 20127 − Milano (MI), Lombardia
Telephone: 389 0067113
(President and Contact Person: Arianna Miriam Fiumefreddo)
The ELGBTQI* and Sensitive Organizations Network of Trentino Alto Adige was born as an informal network in 2012, and became a second-level association in 2014. Its purpose is to advance the inclusion of LGBT+ people in all areas of life, by promoting cultural and professional change in institutions and private social organizations; to create help desks providing for information, orientation, counseling, and support services for LGBT+ people, with specific attention to trans* and gender variant people; to create a guide to services dedicated to LGBT+ people; to foster networking and the exchange of best practices among member organizations.
The Listening, Information and Orientation Desk offers professional counseling for those seeking information, guidance and/or support, through the development and use of people’s inherent potential. The goal is to activate empowerment processes, as a contribution to the pursuit of personal well-being.
The Help Desk covers:
It is available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, asexual people and their parents, families, relatives, friends and colleagues.
The helpdesk can be accessed by appointment by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a text message or whatsapp to 3200384305.
Appointments in Trento, Bolzano and Merano.
(National Contact Person for Trans Parenthood: Egon Botteghi)
Rete Genitori Rainbow (RGR) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons who have children from previous heterosexual relationships.
Rainbow Parents are burdened with emotional and legal difficulties related to the separation from the often conflictual relationship with the ex-partner, to the coming-out with the family of origin and children. The association is their first landing place offering non-judgmental listening, the possibility of sharing experiences, and above all mutual help. RGR uses a network of volunteers and a variety of tools: blog, Facebook page, forum, helpline. It also organizes meetings and seminars conducted by professionals and those who have experienced this journey firsthand.
Legal headquartes: Via Palazzuolo, 8 c/o Gli Anelli Mancanti – 50123 – Firenze (FI), Toscana
Telephone: 333 2279002
E-mail: email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
(President: Ilaria Ruzza)
SAT PINK Trans / Transgender and Gender Variant Reception Service was born within the Circolo Pink with the specific intent of responding to the many needs of trans, transgender and gender variant people in the Veneto region. In 2016 it opened an office in Padua and in 2022 in Rovigo. In March 2021 the “Sportello Lavoro” dedicated to unemployed, unemployed and job seekers was inaugurated. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association, in order not to interrupt the activity and to allow anyone to start or continue their path, has made all its services available also online. The SAT PINK service consists of:
SAT PINK has stipulated an agreement with the Integrated University Hospital-Verona for Endocrinology and Surgery (histero-adnexectomy) and the Civil Hospitals of Brescia for Endocrinology Services. In these latter structures, the AIFA determination is applied.
Address: Piazza Pozza, 3 – 37123 — Verona (VR), Veneto
Phone: 342 6318831
Address:Corso G. Garibaldi, 41 – 35121 - Padua (PD), Veneto c/o Arcigay Tralaltro
Address: Corso del Popolo, 163 – 45100 – Rovigo (RO), Veneto
(Reference person: Veet Sandeh)
The association Sunderam was officially founded on March 20, 2017, as a Non-Profit Organization of Social Utility (Onlus). Its goal is to develop and promote a culture of respect for fundamental, civil and social rights, with a holistic, creative vision of all transsexual, transgender, cross-dresser, genderqueer and non-binary people. The purpose of the association is, therefore, to give visibility and credibility to the transgender community in Turin from a specific perspective: beauty. Sunderam means, in fact, “beauty, well-being” in Sanskrit. The name choice was made in hopes of counteracting the degrading and stigmatizing concept of trans persons in our society. Replacing it with a vision that will enhance all elements that make the life of transgender people beautiful.
To achieve this, the association aims to:
(President: Giovanna Failli)
T Genus (“gender transit” in Latin) is an Association created on April 15, 2014, to promote information and awareness on transgender issues. T Genus aims to be a reference point for transgender people through reception and listening, and also by using online services and social networks.
The Association interfaces with institutions and specialized facilities for transition paths, trying to expand the culture of reception and care in all facilities of the National Health Service and affiliated private ones.
Today, transgender women still suffer discrimination in all areas, from the family to the workplace. Violence and intolerance often result in dramatic decisions; we need to change this culture and start considering diversity as a synonym of normality.
The Association aims to promote the growth of a prejudice-free society so that transgender people can express their gender identity and live, visibly integrated, their social, working, emotional and family life. A life free from interference and with equal access to all inviolable human rights recognized by international treaties and standards.
T Genus fosters reflection and research on the relationship between transition and narrative, educational and virtual spaces. This will help us understand the forms transgenderism is taking (and can take), from being a medicated, bureaucratic dimension, to being a space of culture, cultural contamination, deconstruction of stereotypes and remodeling of rights. Therefore, the Association recommends getting to know each other, stimulating intercultural exchange and aggregation by proposing transversal topics of discussion that facilitate pluralism and the free expression of every person’s existential conditions, in the name of common goals.