About Us


We are a newly established association, and the first BIPoC and Trans-lead fund based in Switzerland focused on supporting Trans lives financially.

What unites us is our work within and for the LGBTQIA+ community in various forms. By sharing this common space, we have realized how the lack of quick and low-threshold support towards Trans/Queer bodies is, unfortunately, a pattern in Switzerland and around the world.

We took things into our own hands by creating this fund to gather and redistribute money and support to disenfranchised people on the Trans spectrum. Our Trans siblings, and especially Trans siblings of color, are and have historically been subjects of unforeseen violence, abuse and negligence in general society and within the LGBTQIA+ community itself.

TSEF functions as a bridge that allows trans people within various of fields – including cultural work – to receive emergency funding, but also connects them with people so they can work on their professional goals. The TSEF board members are artists and producers who are also navigating the cultural scene toward inclusion and social justice. Trans people are disproportionately affected by unemployment. Existing cultural institutions also do not ensure safe working conditions for trans people if they are not white; they are more likely to be given single or multiple gigs/single assignments instead of long-term work contracts that would help ensure safe living conditions for them. Thus, Trans people often remain excluded from networks that could support them in emergency situations.

We are blessed to find ourselves in a privileged space, living in a country like Switzerland. Therefore, we feel like it is our duty to redistribute resources and empower our people.

The people behind TSEF

Picture showing Ivy Monteiro

Ivy Monteiro

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President / CEO

Afro-Brazilian Non-binary Performance Artist, Choreographer, event producer and House Mother.

@hellatropikahl

Picture showing Sandro Niederer

Sandro Niederer

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Vice-President / CFO

Swiss Trans educator, House Father and aspiring scientist.

@helio.b.poderosa

Picture showing Adena Adeifio

Adena Adeifio

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Head of Education and Community Coordination

Swiss-Ghanian artist, femme_inist, musician and educator. Antiracist facilitator and aspiring educational scientist.

Picture showing Renan Carvalho

Renan Carvalho (aka HAUSVRAU)

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Head of Communication and Marketing Strategies

Brazilian Trans non-binary multifaceted performance artist, event producer and aspiring agent for marginalized artists.

@hausvrau.b.poderosa

Our Methods

TSEF’s main goal is to provide basic resources to Trans causes around the world following these four principles.

Networking

We aspire to create and connect an international network of people and institutions providing services for Trans individuals.

Communication

This Fund is a platform for the redistribution of wealth, linking the ones who have more to those who have less.

Empowerment

TSEF aims to be internationally known, inspiring other platforms to also take better care, and act within their own capabilities and recourses towards Trans causes around the world.

Awareness

Increase awareness towards the living situations of Trans individuals.
We constantly aim at expanding our awareness of people’s situations, as well as educating those around us for our cause.