Helping transgender people in Russia: psychological support, therapy groups and tea parties as well as training for practitioners

About us

Center-T is an initiative group working for improving the quality of life of transgender people in Russia.

We help transgender and non-binary people, people in gender search, people who are going through detransition as well as their families and friends.

We provide high-quality psychological and informational assistance from friendly specialists. We also cooperate with the largest LGBT organizations of Russia as experts.
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About us in numbers
We started our work on December 2, 2020 in Moscow and since then we have grown a lot
Active projects
Cities have joined us
People in our team
People united in the community via ou chat project

Why transgender people in Russia need our help

High mortality
Because of stigmatization in society, transgender people have an extremely high risk of suicide. 42% of transgender people have attempted suicide. For other people, this figure is only 2%.
Transphobia and lack of support
Transgender people often do not receive the necessary support from family and friends, and are also discriminated against at their workplaces. Trans people face rejection from their families 57% of the time. 97% of transgender people have experienced harassment or discrimination in the workplace.
Lack of helping practitioners
Medical specialists in Russia are often poorly informed on the topic of gender and cannot support their transgender clients. Unfortunately, sometimes even LGBT-friendly psychologists are, in fact, ready to work only with LGB people, refusing to support trans people.

*We refer to data from the National Trans*Discrimination Survey (2011, USA) of 6,456 people.

Our projects

Get help
We support transgender people who find themselves in a difficult life situation: we have a chat and a support group for relatives of trans people, subsidized slots in a therapy group, informational consultations
Personal therapy
Get the support of professional trans-friendly psychologists and a psychiatrist of Center-T in Moscow and online

Group therapy
Long-term closed therapy group for non-binary and transgender people. We provide subsidized slots

Plushie Cat - tea parties and tabletops for trans people
We gather tea parties with tabletop games for transgender people in Moscow helping people meet other cool people
Articles of trans-friendly specialists
We talk about every gender and trans-related topic: our articles are addressed to both specialists and trans people
Seminars on working with trans people
Training for practitioners who want to be friendly professionals and work in a gender-affirmative way
Our team
Yan Dvorkin
General director, psychologist
Max Goldman
Director of Internal Communications,
head of the administration of the Plushie Cat chats and others, volunteer coordinator
Shursh Shabanov
Project coordinator, psychologist, host of online meetings KoTovasia
Murzik (information consultant on the site), author
Ricky Evans
Host of Plushie Cat
Rumple Kiddens
Organizer and host of the Plushie Cat meetings, organizer of the Queer Space, Assistant Director for Internal Communications
Co-author and the main organizer of the Queer Space
Freyla Sirin Rigiri
Coordinator of the Moscow Mutual assistant service of Center T
Viliam Lankaster
Admin of Samara city chat, curator of the Samara Mutual assistant service of Center T, organizer of the Rainbow Leprechaun
Maksim Gor'kij
Krasnoyarsk city chat administrator, host of online meetings KoTovasia, assistant to the director of internal communications
Valentin Kameliyev
Assistant Director for Internal Communications
Assistant Director for Internal Communications
Margarita Frideman
Amadeus Solmi
Coordinator of the chat for parents and relatives of trans people, administrator of the Plushie Cat chat
Margarita Sokolova
Lyricist in the media team
Lyricist in the media team
Lyricist and designer in the media team
Maxim Olenichev
Rustem Khatyb-zade
Security specialist
I would like to tell you about how the Center-T helped me.

In February 2021, a depressive period in my life began, but I did not immediately realize it. There was nothing worse than sleep problems at that time.

And then I accidentally found in TikTok recommendations a person who talks about Center-T.

I was interested, because at that moment I was thinking about transition, and I had to look for something that could help me find friendly specialists. But at that time I did not apply.

In March, I realized that I had fallen into a deep pit of depression (stress from changing diet because I was chasing weight loss; stress at work; gender dysphoria. I cried every day). And when I was already on the verge, when I just thought "f*** it all, I just want to go to a better world", I decided to turn first to a psychologist from the Center.

But this was not enough, and I already went to a psychiatrist, and on May 1, 2021, I started taking antidepressants, while continuing to visit a psychologist along the way.

And this helped me a lot.

At the moment, I have already passed the commission from Center-T. Before that, I had already started HRT. And now, in November 2021, I am being taken off antidepressants.

Center-T, in fact, saved me. Thanks to it, I now know many wonderful people whom I met during Plushie Cat tea parties, they are amazing people.

And I feel like I'm living life to the fullest now.

I will never tire of thanking Yan Dvorkin and Zhenya Avgust for Center-T. And I am also grateful to all the other people who joined the Center and help develop it💖💖💖💖💖💖

Feedback on the Plushie Cat meeting
Hello. I am Melissa Vanderberg, a transgender woman. In May I attended a Plushie Cat meeting. I must say that it is very important for me to have live communication with people from the T-community, people who have similar problems in some way. It is very important for me to be understood and accepted. At the meeting, I saw exactly what I expected: comfort, warmth, politeness, understanding. Before that, I talked in one of closed chats and even visited their meetings a couple of times. But that was not it. I could not be so liberated and get a lot of positive emotions anywhere before. Five hours flew by like half an hour. It was so great that I was charged with positive emotions for a whole month. I haven't had this much fun in years.

I understand that some remarks on the merits would be more useful for you, but there it is. So far, only excitement.

Sincerely, Melissa Vanderberg.
Feedback on the Plushie Cat meeting
There was my first time at the Plush Cat meeting. I was very afraid and embarrassed to go there, to be honest, because it seemed that the party there was already formed and everyone knew each other, and I would stand alone in the corner and not communicate with anyone and not play anything. However, it turned out that the evening was very pleasant, friendly and gentle. I had not seen such cozy parties for a very long time, I didn't want to return home at all. I miss just such an atmosphere and such correctness from those around me in everyday life.

At the meeting, I took part in all the games I wanted to, talked to everyone who seemed pretty to me, and even when my sister was already pulling me by the sleeve in the evening so that we could go home (we came to the meeting together), I literally asked her to stay for another five minutes) I am a fairly open person by nature, I like to meet and communicate, but when it comes to new big companies, I am a very big coward and shy. However, Plushie Cat is a place where you definitely don't need to be afraid and shy; the people around me were very nice and friendly to me the whole evening. Thanks to the organizers for creating such a place, it's really a lot of work and their efforts are worth it.

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