The policy changes announced yesterday by Alberta Premier Danielle Smith put trans youth at risk, taking recent politically motivated legislative and policy changes targeting trans and gender diverse communities in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick even further. This is a direct attack on trans and gender diverse youth that will cause harm.
This year on TDOR, we remember everyone murdered through the violence of colonial occupation, whether directly by weapons and bombardment, or indirectly by the coordinated obstruction of the necessities of life.
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.
We want to highlight a serious issue happening in New Brunswick, because it has implications for trans and non-binary communities across the country. The New Brunswick government has been engaged in a review of Policy 713 (original 2020 version). This policy was introduced in 2020 and establishes the minimum standards for how schools in New […]
Happy Trans Day of Visibility to everyone who celebrates! TDOV was created by Rachel Crandall-Crocker in 2009, to celebrate trans life and bring trans communities together. You can learn more about TDOV’s history and her read her reflections on the day in this interview. We love the joy and pride of TDOV, and we also […]
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.
Hamilton Trans Health Coalition is committed to increasing capacity for, and access to, gender-affirming care (including puberty blockers, hormones, and surgeries), for all trans, non-binary, and gender diverse people who wish to access it. Given that trans, non-binary, and gender diverse people also require access to affirming primary care, the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition works […]