We are a non-profit coalition of health care providers, advocates, and community members working to increase the capacity of health systems in Hamilton, Ontario to meet the needs of trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people.
We invite you to learn more, support our work, join us, provide gender-affirming care, expand gender-affirming care in your practice or organization, and advocate for access to gender-affirming care in your community.
When Saskatchewan Education Minister Dustin Duncan announced last week that schools must now seek the permission of parents or guardians before students can be referred
On July 21st The Hamilton Spectator published the letter Unwillingness to challenge partisan paradigms in Canadian gender affirmation research. It is a clear example of the rhetoric and tactics that modern anti-trans movements use to dehumanize trans people and strip them of human rights.
In the face of organized anti-trans actors targeting the gender affirmation of all trans youth, it is critical to learn to recognize and call out anti-trans narratives. The July 21st letter is anti-trans disinformation. It attempts to delegitimize the most basic, fundamental practices for supporting trans youth under the guise of concern and debate. This is harmful to trans youth and to the wider Hamilton trans community. This kind of disinformation has permeated mainstream Canadian media and we are saddened to see direct local impacts.
Intersex and transgender communities have a shared interest in autonomy and face overlapping barriers to appropriate care. While intersex individuals are forced to undergo medically unnecessary and psychologically harmful surgeries in infancy without their informed consent, transgender individuals are often denied gender affirming care and hormone therapy throughout their lives despite informed consent and strong desire for treatment. Thus, both communities are subject to a loss of decision-making authority over their own bodies, and the two communities are united by principles of consent and autonomy.
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Many of you will have heard by now about the recent death of Bekett Noble. They were a non-binary student who died by suicide at Redeemer University. This is a small statement to share some information about what happened, what’s happening now, and resources.