September 14, 2020

Please join the next online member’s meeting on Wednesday evening this week.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, 5pm-6:30pm
Zoom meeting link. Add this event to your calendar: Outlook, Google Calendar.

Help Requested

1. Do you have recommendations for downtown pharmacies that may be queer and trans friendly?

2. Do you have experience advising a patient on how HRT may affect their “medical fitness” regarding professional designations (e.g. commercial pilot)?

3. Are you aware of an LGBTQ2S+-friendly shelter or donation centre that accepts baby clothing for distribution at no cost to people in need?

If you have leads on any of these requests please forward them to info@hamiltontranshealth.ca.

Thank You Binbrook, Elfrida & Cayuga Tim Hortons!

In May of this year Cohen (Trans Fellas & Qmmunity Binbrook) reached out to the owners of these three Tim Hortons locations about carrying Pride Donuts to mark Pride month in June, and raise awareness while building support rurally. Our huge thanks to owners Steve and Loraine Kennish who had these locations celebrating Pride all through June, and named the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition as one of the local groups benefiting from the funds raised. (Great work Cohen!)

More Donors! More Thanks!

Earlier this year we received a few emails from community members asking — unprompted — if they could help the work of the coalition with a monetary donation. To acknowledge that generosity and make things as easy as possible we added an online donation button to the coalition website in June. Since June we’ve received $470 in spontaneous donations from community members that appreciate the work you are doing to increase the capacity of Hamilton’s primary health care system to deliver high-quality gender-affirming healthcare to trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people who live, learn, work, and play in Hamilton.

Thank you to our donors, and on behalf of those donors thank you for this work you do that they clearly agree is vital in Hamilton.

New Youth Counselling Service: Friends of Ruby

Friends of Ruby provides up to 20 scheduled 1:1 counselling sessions for LGBTQI2S youth ages 16-29 across Canada by phone, video call, and online chat. Folks can begin accessing services by registering by phone (call front desk at 416-359-0237) or online (email info@friendsofruby.ca to receive a registration link).

This information isn’t on their website, so we confirmed the details of this program with them by email.

Gender-Affirming Counselling: Call for Resources

Gender-Affirming Counselling is the second most common request we receive by email (after gender-affirming primary care) and is proving a challenging need to address. We also receive email from psychotherapists self-identifying as gender-affirming and offering their services to the community. In response we are developing a resource to answer some common questions and collect known resources.

Please review https://hthc.ca/gender-affirming-counselling on the coalition website. What would make this a more useful resource?

  • Are you a care provider that should be listed, or do you know one we should add?
  • Is it okay to list all providers we know, even those not currently accepting clients, if keeping a list of providers accepting clients is not currently feasible?
  • Is it sufficient for a provider to identify themselves as gender-affirming to be listed on a resource that the coalition would post publicly and/or provide on request?
  • When told “my doctor says I need counselling before HRT” is the appropriate answer always to refer to counselling?

2SLGBTQ Youth Volunteer Opportunity at LGBT YouthLine

YouthLine is looking for 2SLGBTQ youth aged 16-29 to join its text and chat HelpLine as peer support volunteers, and especially looking forapplications from awesome Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and Trans youth age 16-29.

Volunteers staff the HelpLine remotely and support other 2SLGBTQ youth across Ontario by text, online chat, and email. Volunteers will complete a robust 33-hour training program focused on Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, and active listening. Applications are due September 17th. For the first time ever, training is now virtual, meaning this volunteer opportunity is open to 2SLGBTQ youth across Ontario!

Details at https://www.youthline.ca/get-involved/volunteers.

Statistics Canada: Experiences of violent victimization and unwanted sexual behaviours among the transgender population

A Juristat report released Sep 9 2020 provides an analysis on violent victimization and unwanted behaviours in public, online and at work, experienced by sexual minorities and transgender (including non-binary) people in Canada.

The Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces (SSPPS) was the first large-scale, nationally representative survey in Canada to use statistical standards on sex at birth and gender to collect information that facilitates the identification and estimation of the transgender population in Canada.

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2020001/article/00009-eng.htm

Volunteer with the Doctor Outreach Project

We are seeking volunteers for a small fall project to reach out to family physicians in Hamilton

If you fit one or more of these categories, your help would be most appreciated:

  • access to mailing lists or communities of practice populated by family physicians
  • advice on communicating “value propositions” around gender-affirming care / insight on the challenges family physicians face and what kinds of communications are welcome and motivating
  • “cold-calling” skills / outgoing and friendly nature

Email info@hamiltontranshealth.ca for more information.

Volunteer with the Communications Team

The coalition is not currently able to keep up with the commitment we’ve made on our website to respond to email inquiries in a timely fashion. If you have a few hours a week to offer and are interested in connecting members of our community to to gender-affirming care, please inquire at info@hamiltontranshealth.ca about joining the communications team.