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July 10, 2020

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.

Research

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.

May 22nd, 2020

May 22nd, 2020

This roundup contains updates from the May all-members meeting.

Trans Community Health is operating on its regular once-weekly schedule and has been successfully using phone visits since early April, with capacity now to see a limited number of patients in person. The clinic has a waitlist of about ten people. It’s not easy to translate that into an estimate of wait time for new patients to get a first appointment, because not everyone on the wait list will necessarily access the clinic and what each patient needs in terms of appointments and resources is different.

Introduce yourself to Courtney Fleming, the new administrative assistant who is answering the main line for Shelter Health Network and staffing the email and phone line of Trans Community Health.

Compass Community Health has brought as much programming online as possible. The 2SLGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dinner has run twice virtually, and there is interest in developing a food distribution component so some participants who would not otherwise be able to participate can receive the ingredients for the scheduled meal-prep as a package in advance of the virtual event.

Movement break videos (“Safer Space, Move in Place“) can be found on Compass’s Positive Space Page. There are eight in the series and we’ve been asked to spread the word to our contacts who would benefit. Check out the first video on Mindfulness over the weekend, and make a plan to pass the series on to someone it could help. Amplifying the social media message (from Compass’s Instagram and Facebook, or our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) is great, as is a direct referral from you to the folk who rely on each of you for care and support.

The Trans ID Clinics have been paused and the sponsoring organizations are meeting to discuss how to offer this support effectively with social distancing. This may include a FAQ document that will help folk get some answers and start collecting documentation in anticipation of the next in-person clinic, and development of public legal education videos.

AFFIRM is being offered online in May and June by Compass and Hamilton Family Health Team in age ranges 14-18 and 19-29. It’s eight free online sessions of coping skills training for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth.

Compass has created two videos on how to safely self-administer hormones:

A reminder for those supporting individuals who are taking on self-administration of hormones that The VAN is operating with extended hours, and provides injection kits and sharps containers.

Catherine (the 2SLGBTQAI+ Mental Health Clinician through Good Shepherd Youth Services and Youth Wellness Centre) continues to offer support through video and phone sessions without a waiting list, though a waitlist may start soon. A referral form is available directly from Catherine. Follow @goodshepherdmentalhealth on Instagram to see the Instagram Live event planned for Tuesday at 6pm. It’s geared toward supporting the mental health of youth in Good Shepherd programs but all youth are welcome to tune in.

There is an increase in requests for support from trans youth struggling from being stuck home with supportive family or having their thinking and plans around identity and coming out complicated further by social distancing.

The coalition is concerned that the provincial program that funded the first three years of Speqtrum’s operation have not renewed that funding. We understand that the Speqtrum team has been hard at work looking for bridge and longer-term funding so that the critical programs they run and the support they provide to youth can continue.

Pull for Pride will not happen in 2020, as unfortunately the equipment required for deadlifts and bench presses isn’t available through Zoom. Frances, the organizer, is already planning for 2021. We remain so thankful to the Dundas Valley Power and Iron Sisters team for their support!

Please continue to direct youth seeking supports to the Youth Wellness Centre (stjoes.ca & reachouthamilton.ca). Kudos to YWC for switching their service model to phone and video support and making in-person options available as required for youth who find phone or video interaction a barrier.

The SAGE (Support Around the Gender Experience) youth group is working through the requirements of maintaining a drop-in model using online tools. We will hear more from the group on how they’ll move forward as they continue these discussions. Information about how other groups have addressed confidentiality, safety, facilitation, and accessibility while migrating to web-facilitated programming is welcome.

The Education Working Group is integrating feedback received from the pilot run of the Gender Affirming Care course and some subsequent expert assessment. The summer will see some additional engagement with subject matter experts to address gaps and areas identified for improvement. Adrian developed an infographic that summarizes findings of the research project attached to the pilot.

Connect-clinic.com is a trans health clinic available across Ontario which uses the Ontario Telehealth Network to provide gender-affirming care. It is OHIP-covered and offers telemedicine-based medical consultations, advice, and treatment. We discussed this service in the context of establishing a process to determine how and when a new service like this, offered by an organization that is not a coalition member, should be included when volunteers respond to inquiries from the community asking for help accessing gender-affirming care. That discussion is ongoing.

Pride Hamilton has announced Digital Pride Hamilton 2020, Jun 14, 2-5pm.

The update portion of the last RHO Trans Health Mentorship Call notes was shared at the meeting and includes an update on how COVID-19 is affecting trans health services. Sign up to join the call to receive the full notes, which includes the Q&A section that is not distributed.

The coalition applied to the LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund through the Department for Women and Gender Equality (Canada) for funding for a trans health navigator. The fund was for internal capacity development (as opposed to direct service) and so the application envisioned the navigator as primarily serving family physicians (e.g. facilitating new memberships and mentoring) who would be ‘internal’ to the coalition. The ask included a budget line to remunerate healthcare professionals for their work to develop the coalition’s educational interventions.

The AIDS Network is asking for donations of masks which can be distributed through The VAN. Check the link and contact James if you can help.

Two new sections of the coalition’s terms of reference were circulated for discussion and adoption.

Next Meeting

The next all-member meeting will be Wednesday, July 15th, 5pm. This will most likely be a zoom online meeting.

RHO THMC Updates

RHO THMC Updates

These updates were shared at the May 2020 coalition meeting. Sign up to join the RHO Trans Health Mentorship Call to receive the full set of notes following each meeting. The full notes include the question-and-answer section about gender-affirming care, not included here. We’ve also trimmed updates that have already been shared in previous minutes.

New RHO Training module on Puberty Suppression in trans youth is currently being developed to be released late summer or early fall.

If you have any information about services closing and/or services opening to support trans clients during the pandemic, email info@rainbowhealthontario.ca and RHO will send an email out to the mentorship call list.

Transition-Related Surgical Support Groups: Sherbourne is currently in the process of developing new supports for trans people of all gender identities before, during and after transition-related surgeries. These include educational workshops, group programs and online resources. We hope to start launching these new programs in 2020. Please continue to check the website for updates and if you have any questions send an email to: transprograms@sherbourne.on.ca

RHO is still welcoming requests for training despite the Pandemic. Prior to March, we were booking for December 2020, so new requests for face-to-face trainings will likely be scheduled for December 2020 or later.  Submit requests here:  https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/training  for training in your area. In-person training previously booked for Summer and Fall 2020 will be considered one at a time depending on the progression of Pandemic Public Health Guidelines in Ontario. If you have training booked with RHO in the coming months, a trainer will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Transbucket.com is a secure site where folks post their own before and after photos.

Covid-19 impact on TRS wait times and Trans Health Services

GRS and WCH are not currently doing any surgery and re-opening will depend on location of the clinics and Public Health guidelines.

Women’s College Hospital:
Surgeries have been canceled until further notice. Please check the website for updates: https://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/care-programs/surgery/transition-related-surgeries/.There is still some availability for appointments via telehealth or phone and for urgent in-person appointments. Get in touch if you have an urgent or pressing matter.

GRS Montreal:
GRS remains closed until end of May 2020 and will reassess close to the end of May. This closure includes all consultations and surgeries. GRS continues to contact patients directly. Check here for updates: https://www.grsmontreal.com/en/home.html

Sick Kids – Finding creative ways to continue with consultations via phone/video (challenging with new clients), in an attempt to reduce number of people coming in person.

Kingston Gender Health Clinic – Continues to support clients by phone and essential in-person appointments as arranged by provider. Check here for updates: https://kchc.ca/

CAMH –Check website for updates: https://www.camh.ca/en/your-care/programs-and-services/gender-identity-clinic-adult
https://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/novel-coronavirus-update

McLean Clinic – No surgeries or consultations taking place. Those currently booked have been rescheduled. 

Additional Resources

Volunteer peer support line for trans community:
facebook.com/c19supportline. Anyone who’s feeling isolated and would benefit from connection is welcome to call (connection details in link). Support line operates from 6-9 p.m. daily.

Telemedicine for Trans Health – Dr. Kate Greenaway/Dr Chris Cavacuiti – self referral https://www.connect-clinic.com/

Unity Health Google drive of resources for marginalized populations
Marginalized Populations and COVID-19 Google drive topics:

  1. Addiction and Harm Reduction Resources 
  2. COVID-19 Information 
  3. Food Resources
  4. Housing/Homelessness
  5. Income Supports 
  6. Legal Supports 
  7. Mental Health Resources
  8. Parent/Caregiver Resources 
  9. Seniors Services
  10. Settlement Services
  11. Sex Work and COVID-19
  12. Supports for Indigenous People

Here is the Google drive link for you to view (no Gmail account required) – Please share with your contacts:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1b_s6WI_hsL6soMh0ptNOiEJ7ns0rkUUz?usp=sharing
Mental health resources:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_uD7IAe8SqTGsbZOeTXW5lCRCnLzv0MZJ8Rx8SFurkc/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3DLlEhTdF72vZexbYtinlOqjM_QHzKmKVYvM_0xz01YheWnq5XRGA37HA
The resources for each topic will be reviewed and updated weekly.

For under 18’s: LGBT Youthline offers web, phone and text peer support at https://www.youthline.ca/

Trans Lifeline’s Canadian number is 877-330-6366

ROCK’s 24-hour crisis line for youth up to age 18 is 905-878-9785*
ROCK’s 9-5 access line for youth up to age 18 is 289-266-0046*
*Youth should specific if they wish to receive support that is trans-responsive and/or gender affirming. Please note that while we primarily serve youth in Halton, we strive to provide low-barrier service.

Gender Spectrum: Online resources for youth and adults supporting youth. https://www.genderspectrum.org/blog/resources-for-challenging-times/

519 Covid-19: Essential Services and Supports: https://www.the519.org/covid19-services-supports

Coronavirus Anxiety Resource: Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety aims to be a place where you can learn how to take care of your mental health, get support, and find calm—with new resources added on a daily basis.
https://www.virusanxiety.com/?fbclid=IwAR2TbqxBDcH3MmAhV3nXgOfFYeYVhvmbSNMDNXk9TucYdX1xguTBetsC6cI

For Health Care Workers: Psychological Support for Front Line Workers. If you are a front-line health service provider, and would like to contact a psychologist, please refer to the link below. It is a listing of psychologists who have volunteered to provide psychological services to front line health care providers. The listing of psychologists is organized into province and territory as well as languages spoken. It is important that you choose one who is on the list of the province or territory in which you are located. The psychologists on the listing have agreed to return calls for requests for service within 24 hours of their receipt and to provide services at no charge. https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/psychservices/

May 18th, 2020

May 18th, 2020

The Hamilton Trans Health Coalition’s next all-member meeting is Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, 5pm
Online using Microsoft Teams: click to join meeting
Add this event to your Outlook calendar or your Google calendar.
Learn about our online meetings here.

Support for Trans, Gender-Diverse, and Non-Binary People Affected by the Pandemic

Please amplify the calls for support from Kyle’s Place and Speqtrum, two member organizations that are providing direct, critical, gender-affirming support in our community during the pandemic. Donations to these folk make a difference in the lives of real, local people.

Digital Pride Hamilton 2020

Pride Hamilton has announced Digital Pride Hamilton 2020, a pride celebration in a time of social distancing. Dates for performer and sponsor applications have been announced. Watch the event page for more information on how your organization can connect with and support 2STLGBQAI+ communities this pride season.

Praise for #TransPap101

Have you watched the Trans Pap 101 video series? It’s receiving a lot of positive attention:

“[W]e had our lunch and learn today over Zoom with 16 participants. It was a really beautiful discussion and we all loved the video. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making it and thank you for sharing this wonderful work!” – Sexual Health Outreach Program SHOUT

The lunch and learn facilitation manual has been added the project page on the HTHC website. Congrats to the team on creating a resource that works so well in a teleconference setting!

Research: Building Better Support for Young Trans People

A research team is seeking input from trans youth (14 to 24) and professionals and volunteers working with young people. Survey links are on Speqtrum’s Facebook here. Project approved by Ryerson REB.

trans-LINK Project Webinar

trans-LINK Project has invited members of the coalition to attend a webinar on the progress in building a province-wide intersectoral network of organizations focused on improving the response to trans survivors of sexual assault. “This 1-hour webinar will include a short summary of the planning stage of the network (including findings from the 7 regional meetings held last summer), as well as findings from a survey from last fall that was focused on, among other topics, barriers and facilitators to collaboration.”

Building an Intersectoral Network on Trans-Affirming Practice to Support Sexual Assault Survivors
May 29, 2020 12:00 PM
register (Zoom)

Move with Compass

Visit Compass Community Health’s new website (compassch.org) to check out eight movement break videos for queer and trans folk: eight to 15 minute videos to stay or start moving while in isolation. Please share the poster that Kyle forwarded to the list with anyone who might benefit, and look for the live Zoom sessions coming soon.

Your Updates

Please send updates to info@hamiltontranshealth.ca to be included in the meeting agenda for Wednesday and/or the next newsletter, or send your updates to this list directly at members@hamiltontranshealth.ca.

International Transgender Day of Visibility (Mar 31)

International Transgender Day of Visibility (Mar 31)

TDOV is dedicated to celebrating transgender people. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of their contributions to society and the discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

If you’re looking for ways to mark TDOV today, consider these 10 things you can do Transgender Day of Visibility from Trans Student Educational Resources.

March 25th, 2020

March 25th, 2020

This roundup contains the minutes of our March all-members meeting and other news. Programming changes quickly as the response to COVID-19 evolves, so please seek confirmation on any details found below that may have changed since last Wednesday.

Support During Social Isolation

Regular group-based programs and events have been cancelled or postponed across the board. It seems increasingly likely that this will continue into Pride month in June.

An excerpt from Speqtrum’s COVID-19 statement: “Our community already experiences isolation and loneliness at disproportionately high rates. The cancellation of events, programs, and in person supports has been really difficult for some 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in our community. We also know that some of us can’t afford time off work, or to stock up on supplies to prepare for a possible quarantine. Some of us are now facing an indefinite period of time at home with parents, family members, or roommates, who aren’t supportive of our communities or identities. Some of us may be going back in the closet, or hiding parts of ourselves that we’re used to expressing. We see you, we’re here for you, and we’re going to work through this together as a community, as best as we can.”

Speqtrum is providing opportunities for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to connect online, with activities like live cooking and games and dedicated peer support hours. Follow their Instagram for weekly updates and connect the youth you know. Read Speqtrum’s full statement (linked above) which includes other resources, like LGBT Youth Line, Trans Lifeline, and a community-created list of free supports.

Kyle’s Place has posted on Facebook that it can provide support in Hamilton, Niagara, Brantford, and Halton to trans and non-binary people needing grocery/med delivery or rides to appointments. Contact transpeersupport@gmail.com or make an inquiry through the Facebook page.

Catherine McCormack is the new 2SLGBTQAI+ Mental Health Clinician with Good Shepherd Youth Services. She has relaxed the regular intake process to be able to provide telephone, email-check in, texting and Skype support to 2SLGBTQAI+ youth (up to age 25) in a more flexible way. You can contact her directly if you’d like to refer someone who needs support. (info@hamiltontranshealth.ca can provide her direct email if you don’t have it.) Catherine is also available to front-line folk for consultation and brainstorming ideas.

Kyle at Compass Community Health uses some of his time on Thursdays to make phone calls to connect with clients who are feeling isolated and need to chat. This is primarily for Compass clients but there is some flexibility to expand this friendly-calling to others in need.

The AIDS Network has extended the hours of The VAN in response to the need to close the office. It will operate its regular hours from 7pm-11pm every night, and additionally on Monday to Friday from 9:00am-11:30am, and 2:30pm-5:30pm. The VAN is a confidential service provided in partnership with Hamilton Public Health Services that travels anywhere in Hamilton and is available at a requested meeting spot. A mobile van will deliver new needles and harm reduction supplies and receive for safe disposal any used harm reduction supplies upon request. Text or call 905-317-9966.

Some clinics and practices are classifying injection visits to be “non urgent” which means they must be cancelled, and family doctors are closing their offices which further restricts access to hormone injections. Some brainstorming at the meeting addressed a specific need (Trans Community Health, NP at Youth Wellness Centre, some possible capacity at practices, Compass) but please reach out if you know of people who aren’t able to get injections or capacity to accommodate people who need injections.

If you offer or are aware of new initiatives that assist trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary folk who are negatively impacted by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please share them.

Call for Medical Professionals and Trainees

If you are a clinician or in training to become a clinician — medicine, physio, nursery, midwifery, etc. — HAMSMaRT (Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team) needs your help to staff social isolation centres that serve people who are affected by homelessness and COVID-19. Contact info@hamsmart.ca to inquire.

HAMSMaRT and Keeping Six have started a weekly newsletter to keep people informed about their work to ensure support is maintained and adapted for people who are homeless and people who use drugs, and opportunities to support that work. Subscribe by emailing info@hamsmart.ca. Some recommended actions from the first newsletter:

  • DONATE (or ask people in your network to donate) https://keepingsix.org/support
  • VOLUNTEER Do you have a front porch/outdoor drop off zone and storage space to accept donations of warm hats, mitts, and socks? If so, email us volunteer@keepingsix.org and let us know, we need you!
  • DONATE warm hats, warm wool socks, warm mitts (stay tuned for details on where to donate once we have procured a place)
  • VOLUNTEER Are you asymptomatic, with limited exposure to potential COVID-19 cases, and baking skills? We are looking for a few people to donate their time and skill to make home baked goods for bagged lunches. If this is you, email us volunteer@keepingsix.org and let us know, we need you!
  • DONATE juice boxes, pop, and/or groceries for baking, as requested by our bakers. If you can provide these, email us volunteer@keepingsix.org and let us know, we need you!
  • DONATE wagons for outreach.  We need 3 more large folding canvas wagons.  If you are willing to temporarily lend yours or know someone who would email volunteer@keepingsix.org so we can coordinate drop off.  
  • AMPLIFY our messages on twitter @HAMSMaRTeam and @keepingsix and by forwarding the weekly newsletter, so that decision makers LISTEN to people who are homeless and/or who use drugs about what they need right now

Qmmunity Binbrook

This new LGBTQ2S+ meet-up group in Binbrook rescheduled its March meeting to Tuesday April 18th. This meet-up is social and supportive. Feel free to bring a friend or family ally, and drop in for part of the meeting or stay throughout. Coffee, tea, water, and timbits provided!

We will provide updates closer to that date from Qmmunity Binbrook about whether the in-person meeting will go ahead or be rescheduled, as the regular meeting place (Tim Horton’s on Hwy 56 Binbrook) presently has its seating area closed.

Student Positions

We occasionally receive requests from students who are looking for summer jobs or course placements in programs concerned with trans health, gender-affirming care, and health advocacy. If you are interested in being forwarded inquiries of this type or you have opportunities you’d like us to share with students and youth, please let us know.

RHO Trans Health Mentorship Call – Updates

The email summary of the bi-weekly mentorship call that Rainbow Health Ontario offers includes a Q&A section on the clinical discussion and an updates section. We discussed the updates section at the March meeting and a participant requested that we seek permission from RHO to share these updates regularly. RHO has allowed us to! We can’t share the clinical discussion summaries, but you may join the call yourself or join up for the full summary emails from RHO at this link.

  • Sherbourne is developing new supports for trans folks of all gender identities before, during, and after transition-related surgeries. These include educational workshops, group programs, and online resources. Aiming to launch Winter and Spring 2020. Check website for updates and send questions to transprograms@sherbourne.on.ca
  • Initial data from TransPULSE Canada now available: https://transpulsecanada.ca
  • Rainbow Health Ontario is looking for an MD or NP who is currently doing trans care in the Thunder Bay area to co-facilitate clinical trainings in that region. For more information, please contact Silvana Hernando, Clinical Educator at sbazet@rainbowhealthontario.ca.
  • MOHLTC processing time for applications currently at 10 weeks.
  • Participants sought for a bone density health study, post orchiectomy or oophorectomy. Must be 20 years old or over and scheduled for procedure in the next 6 months. Contact Dr. Raymond Fung for more info: rfung@tegh.on.ca or 416-915-5460.
  • 4th edition of Sherbourne’s Guidelines for trans care is now available at http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/guidelines
  • New requirement from GRS: include a photocopy of the patient’s OHIP card with the application package.
  • Resources for creating welcome spaces: Article on ‘Caring for your patients identifying as sexual and gender minorities’ https://dialogue.cpso.on.ca/2019/12/creating-a-welcoming-space. Contact Ruby if you would like an additional infographic for your working space, created by UofT.
  • Women’s College Hospital posting for a Post-doctoral Fellow – Transgender Health. For further information about the fellowship, or to submit your application package, please contact Evelina Rutkowski at Evelina.rutkowski@wchospital.ca
  • Next version of WPATH Standards of Care coming late 2020.
  • Women’s College Hospital Transition Related Surgery program’s Grand Rounds. Phone number and contact information on their website to get on the distribution list.
  • Telemedicine – Dr. Kate Greenaway/Dr. Chris Cavacuiti – self referral at https://www.connect-clinic.com
  • Transforming Rounds: a series of podcasts engaging with the latest research on Trans healthcare in Canada. Together, healthcare providers and trans/gender diverse health care users navigate the complexities of a cis normative health care system.

The mentorship call is on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, noon to 1pm. A mental health mentor is also available on the 1st Wednesday. Open to any professional (physician, nurse, social worker, mental health worker, etc.) who is already working with gender-diverse clients or who is intending to. Register (form at bottom of page) to get call access information.

Other Updates

  • Rebecca Welbourn at Health Information Technology Services has agreed to help the coalition develop materials to make using eConsult and connecting to the two transgender specialty groups (HNHB and Provincial) easier for family physicians who are new to gender-affirming care. So for example, instead of saying “eConsult is available to you” we can go more in-depth, maybe including the registration process or a “here’s what to expect” in training resources on our website.
  • LGBT Youth Line is operating is regular hours but offering support by chat, text, and email (i.e. no phone) due to its youth staff working from home. This is a support service that runs Sun-Fri 4-9:30p, and is not a crisis line.
  • The main portion of the course pilot has been completed, and the Education Working Group has gathered a lot of valuable information from participants. Adrian extended thanks on behalf of the EWG to all the participants. Unfortunately the in-person practicum where participants could interact with simulated patients had to be cancelled because McMaster cancelled non-urgent activities in medical centre facilities. We are beginning the process of seeing what we’ve learned and where the course can be improved to address feedback gathered in the pilot.
  • SAGE and other groups at Youth Wellness Centre are not currently running.
  • The coalition’s response to email inquiries is not meeting its response-time goals (three business days). If this continues we should assess whether we need to change the part of the website that advises people what to expect, add additional volunteers to increase capacity, or look at whether it’s feasible for the coalition to provide this service.
  • A non-profit corporation called Hamilton Trans Health Coalition Inc. has been established to provide structure (bank account, accept donations, enter into partnerships, contract, sell, employ, etc.) to support the coalition’s ongoing work.
  • Members identified a gap in services in Hamilton: support for partners of trans people (e.g. peer-support groups). What can the coalition do to address a gap like this? Who might be working on closing this gap already? What resources are available (e.g. Compass and TAN for space, grants to establish)? What pitfalls should we avoid (e.g. expecting volunteer labour to sustain a service)?
  • Is there a group in Hamilton to support trans women having bottom gender affirming surgery? If not, what would be a good model for such a group (like a Facebook resource with Q&A service supported by people with lived experience and clinicians, approach a health centre with an idea like this).
  • Some practitioners with full practices find themselves with an open session here or there (e.g. a counselling spot) and want to prioritize access for 2SLGBTAI+ folk; would that be best done by advertising occasional spaces to the email list or is there a better way to match up need with this kind of irregular opportunity?

Terms of Reference

At each coalition meeting we will highlight a section of our terms of reference, so we can develop a common understanding of our purpose among long-time and new members, and so we can discuss if changes are needed.

This month, the four goals of the coalition:

  1. Be responsive to requests from the community, to connect people to services or supports when they are available and to catalogue gaps when the connection cannot be made.
  2. Provide formal education opportunities that expand the capacity of the health care system in Hamilton to serve trans individuals.
  3. Provide professional mentorship that expands the capacity of the health care system in Hamilton to serve trans individuals.
  4. Advocate for trans individuals’ access to high quality, comprehensive, evidence-based and patient-centred health care in Hamilton, using the data and knowledge we have gathered through our work.

Next Meeting

The next all-members meeting of the coalition is Wednesday, May 20th at 5pm.

March 16th, 2020

March 16th, 2020

The bimonthly all-members meeting is this Wednesday, March 18th at 5pm. To facilitate social distancing and accommodate self-isolation, the meeting will be broadcast with Microsoft Teams from the regular location. You have the option of joining in person at Hamilton Family Health Team (spaces limited) or participating in the meeting remotely. Please see the teleconference section of the coalition website for details.

Add a meeting reminder to: your Google calendar, your Outlook calendar.

Kyle’s Place

If you know of a trans or non-binary person in need of groceries, delivery of medication, a ride to appointments, or peer support please have them get in touch with Kyle’s Place via transpeersupport@gmail.com or message Kyle’s Place on Facebook. Can travel to Brantford, Halton, and Niagara regions.

March Events

The 2SQT Community Events calendar produced by Kyle W can be found on the coalition website under Resources. Please confirm with any event organizer that meetings have not been cancelled. We understand that the response to COVID-2019 has cancelled nearly all meetings, but greatly appreciate those service providers who recognize that social distancing and isolation affects marginalized communities in a disproportionate way and are trying to strike a reasonable balance.

Job Posting at City

The City of Hamilton has posted a position for Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator (part-time, 18 months). This is a position where a candidate who was trans, gender-diverse, or non-binary would be excellently suited to supporting the city’s work to deliver training on topics that include gender identity and gender expression. The posting on the city’s job postings site.

Pull for Pride Hamilton 2020

We’re excited that Pull for Pride Hamilton is back, and Frances’ team at Iron Sisters have named the coalition, the Queer Justice Project, and Speqtrum as this year’s beneficiaries. You may recall that Frances and Iron Sisters were named the first Foundational Sponsor of the coalition, to reflect the extraordinary impact of their support in 2019 to the coalition’s capacity to make positive change in Hamilton.

There’s plenty of time between now and June 28th… consider participating in this inclusive powerlifting event! No prior experience needed, since you’re competing for your personal best and raising money for every pound you lift. Register here.

Language Matters

Shout-out to Ward 3 Counsellor Nrinder Nann, who took time at a council meeting on February 26th to make a motion that the term “feminine hygiene products” — in another motion about a pilot project — be replaced with the term “menstrual health products.” Inclusive language matters, and it is good when we can see our elected officials making that point. (Thank you Cameron K for the tip via Facebook.)

Grant Writers Wanted

Women and Gender Equality Canada have invited Canadian equality-seeking organizations working primarily or entirely with the LGBTQ2 community to submit proposals for projects under the LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund. We received this invitation directly by email! If you’re interested in collaborating on a proposal to this fund to expand the coalition’s capacity, please email info@hamiltontranshealth.ca.

Kyle’s Place

Kyle’s Place is a trans and non-binary prioritized space that is committed to fostering community, solidarity, support, advocacy and access to resources, particularly for community members who are marginalized due to race, class, age, mental health and abilities. Kyle’s Place uses a peer/mutual aid model and values the knowledge gained from lived experience.

Kyle’s Place is home to:

  • transParent Hamilton-Niagara which offers advocacy workshops and support to parents/guardians of trans and non-binary youth;
  • The Brody Brown Name Change Fund which assists with the financial burden of changing legal documents;
  • The TransForm Pop-up Shop which is a social enterprise supporting trans and non-binary folks with paid employment skills and experience; and
  • a once monthly older trans peer support group,
  • a food pantry,
  • clothing swaps, and
  • a weekly afternoon social drop-in.

Kyle’s Place offers no cost meeting space and a place to host events for grassroots agencies that are committed to and work from an anti-racist/anti-oppression perspective.

From this post on Facebook. Follow Kyle’s Place on Facebook for events and news.