The Spec: “Massive hole” in transgender health care in Hamilton

“We’re increasingly uncomfortable with people sitting on wait lists waiting for care. That is when they are most likely to become despairing and suicidal.” – Dr. Siobhan Callaghan

“There’s absolutely a really strong need to ensure we can create capacity for this need … If you have a wait list of two years, there are a lot of people looking for that service.” – Jane Hastie

“We do need more physicians doing this type of work.” – Dr. Carys Massarella

“Some people who come out as transgender are sometimes dropped by their doctors, or their doctors don’t want to deal with transitional care.” – Autumn Getty

To join the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition’s work to increase the capacity of Hamilton’s health care system to deliver high-quality healthcare to Trans Hamiltonians, email info@hamiltontranshealth.ca.

Read the full article at https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7934269–massive-hole-in-transgender-health-care-in-hamilton

For Frontline Workers Involved in Homelessness: Trans Inclusion on October 3rd

Core Collaborative Learning is offering a free workshop for all frontline workers called Trans Inclusion on Tuesday, October 3rd (1:30pm-4:30pm).

The City of Hamilton recently passed its Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Protocol, which will affect how the City works with trans people accessing services, as well as employees and students. Come out to the Trans Inclusion workshop to get up to speed on the issues trans people are facing in the system, and connect with others to develop solutions.

Spaces are limited. To register contact Cole at cgately@gsch.ca.

Improve access to health care for other trans youth in Ontario

Are you trans and/or non-binary? Are you between the ages of 12-29 and living in Southern Ontario? Want to help improve access to health care for other trans youth in Ontario?

Trans and non-binary youth in Southern Ontario are invited to take part in a study about their experiences with access to (or lack of access to) early transition care such as puberty blockers and/or hormones. This study is for youth between the ages of 12 and 29*, including those who have and those who have not tried to use hormones or puberty blockers.

More information at https://transyouthresearch.tumblr.com or by contacting:

Jake Pyne
McMaster School of Social Work
TransYouthResearch@gmail.com
https://transyouthresearch.tumblr.com/
Phone (647) 951 2225

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance from the McMaster Research Ethics Board. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being conducted you may contact the McMaster Research Ethics Board Secretariat at (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142 or ethicsoffice@mcmaster.ca

Trans Advocacy in Action continues at Hamilton Pride on June 17

We saw 42 advocacy letters sent from Hamiltonians to family doctors and provincial representatives at our #100In1Day event June 3rd! Thank you Hamilton!

If you didn’t get a chance to complete your letter on June 3rd, visit Hamilton Trans Health Coalition at Hamilton Pride on June 17th (Corktown Park) where Trans Advocacy in Action continues.

See Bent Q’s list of events during Hamilton Pride 2017 for details and other great events this month.

Trans Advocacy in Action: a 100In1Day Event

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 12 noon to 4pm
Central Library, mall entrance foyer (1st floor)
55 York Blvd., Hamilton ON
see this event on the 100In1Day website

Healthcare is a human right! Did you know that there are resources available to help every family doctor develop expertise in trans health care, but that many family doctors are not willing to accept some patients because they’re not confident they have the knowledge necessary? That makes it hard for someone who had questions about gender identity or is in the process of transitioning to find a family doctor.

Join the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition for a #100In1Day letter writing campaign. We’ll provide the letter and support with addressing it, and you send that letter to your family doctor to check in with them about whether they are accepting trans patients. Together we can map the family doctors offices in Hamilton offering accessible care and connect doctors who are ready to offer excellent care to all patients with the necessary professional development resources through the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition.

We will mail all letters and invite participants who are able to donate $1 toward the cost of postage. Participants who do not have a family doctor may opt to send a letter to their member of provincial parliament in support of access to health care.

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Explore all the 100In1Day events in Hamilton on June 3rd. There’s time to visit more than one!