July 10, 2020

The next meeting of the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition is Wednesday, July 15th at 5pm. A link to join the meeting will be sent next week. I hope you’ll be able to join us.

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Gender-Affirming Doctors Needed

There has been an increase in requests to the coalition’s email address from people who are not able to connect with a gender-affirming family physician in Hamilton. If you are able to make room in your practice for even one patient who is struggling to connect with a doctor who can provide primary care please contact info@hamiltontranshealth.ca.

Speqtrum’s Check-In Program

COVID-19 has increased the isolation felt by youth in our community, and particularly 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. Speqtrum Hamilton has been running an online weekly check-in program and has recently expanded its capacity. Facebook and Instagram provide great ways to easily share this program to those it may help.

While you’re there visit Speqtrum’s community resources page. Are your pandemic-modified services listed?

Trans Health Mentorship Call is moving to RHO’s New Online Learning Platform

The mentorship call is a twice-monthly teleconference for Ontario clinicians to connect with peers who have experience caring for trans and non-binary service users. If you were receiving call notes through MailChimp you will have to register with the online learning platform to continue to access these notes.

This is also a good opportunity to check out the RHO online learning platform at learn.rainbowhealthontario.ca. Create a free account review the course catalogue, and register for training. See earlier emails about access to newly developed puberty suppression learning resources.


trans-LINK Project invites you to take part in a survey to inform the project’s next steps in building a province-wide intersectional network of organizations focused on improving the response to trans survivors of sexual assault. The survey takes 10 minutes and today (July 10) is the deadline for submissions.

A new online research study Transgender Reproductive Health (TRH): Contraceptive and pregnancy health care experiences is for people who live in Canada, are aged 18 years and older and were born with a uterus. This online research survey is available in English or French and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until August 31.

The Trans Interweaving Project from Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) is looking to speak to trans people across Ontario. The project is a trans-led consultation project to create an action plan and a public report for GMSH and other HIV-sector organizations in Ontario to better serve trans people. Compensation is offered for participation in group and individual virtual interviews.

Calls to Action from Coalition Members

Please consider connecting to the community development work being championed by your co-members if you haven’t already.

Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HAM SMaRT) and Keeping Six circulate a weekly newsletter which informs of critical issues facing members of our community and guidance on how you can advocate or get personally involved in local, on-the-ground equity work. If you are not receiving it, request to be subscribed at info@hamsmart.ca.

The Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity invites you to endorse its open letter protesting the exclusion of conversion therapy practices that target trans people from Bill C-8.

Shared previously to all members, you are invited to sign on to an open letter at at endpoliceinvolvementinmentalhealth.ca to call for an end to the involvement of police in mental health checks.

HTHC participates in the No Hate in the Hammer coalition. That coalition invites you to a virtual event over the lunch hour on July 30. Add to a discussion on what anti-hate work in Hamilton looks like.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion is hosting online anti-racism programming and has posted recordings of completed programs on its new website. HCCI provides support to some of the local organizers who have circulated a petition calling for action from the city, the province, and McMaster University that you may have already seen.

The City of Hamilton is soliciting input for its Hate Mitigation and Prevention Initiative. The community consultations have passed but a survey is open until July 16th and city staff contact information is listed.