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

Read the full article at–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

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 or by contacting:

Jake Pyne
McMaster School of Social Work
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

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.