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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 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:

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:  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. 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: 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:

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:

CAMH –Check website for updates:

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

Additional Resources

Volunteer peer support line for trans community: 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

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:
Google Drive link
Mental health resources:
Google Docs link
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

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. resources-for-challenging-times/

519 Covid-19: Essential Services and 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.

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.

Apply: The City’s Expanding Housing and Support Services for Women and Transgender Community Sub-Committee

Apply: The City’s Expanding Housing and Support Services for Women and Transgender Community Sub-Committee

The City of Hamilton is seeking applicants with experience and interest in homelessness prevention and the provision of affordable housing.

The advisory committee named Expanding Housing and Support Services for Women and Transgender Community Sub-Committee reports to council through the Emergency and Community Services Committee on emerging issues in housing and support services for women and transgender and non-binary persons.

Apply before October 31st at 4:30pm.

For more information and to view the Terms of Reference, visit, email, or call 905-546-2424 ext 2604.

Poster that invites people to apply to join the Expanding Housing and Support Services for Women and Transgender Community Sub-Committee
Event: Hamilton Public Library’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Archive

Event: Hamilton Public Library’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Archive

You’re Invited

Tuesday October 22, 2019
7:30pm – 10:30pm

A fundraiser to support Hamilton Public Library’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Archive, in honour of Michael Johnstone.

Mills Hardware
95 King Street East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1A9

$25 – purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Wear your favourite scarf, share stories, listen to music and celebrate Michael’s legacy. Send questions to

Merriam-Webster dictionary adds ‘they’ as nonbinary pronoun

Merriam-Webster dictionary adds ‘they’ as nonbinary pronoun

“Attention grammar snobs: ‘they’ can officially be used as a singular, nonbinary pronoun. Merriam-Webster, the oldest dictionary publisher in America, officially recognized the usage today, when it added 533 words to its online dictionary.Read the article at The Guardian, Sep 17

Even very strict grammarians can learn to be good allies. Thanks to coalition member Adrian for sharing this.

Sat Dec 5th: A Trans ID Clinic (in English and French!)

Sat Dec 5th: A Trans ID Clinic (in English and French!)

Trans ID Event - Dec 8 2018Are you trans, non-binary or gender diverse? Do you need support changing your legal name or gender marker? Drop-in clinic: Sat Dec 8 @ 12-2pm, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, 100 Main St. E. Suite 203. For more information contact Mela at 905-523-6611 ex 2002.


Êtes-vous trans, non-binaire ou personnes de genres divers ? Avez-vous besoin de soutien pour changer votre nom légal ou marqueur de genre ? Clinique: Samedi le 8 Dec, 12- 14h, Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton, 100 rue main est suite 203, Pour plus d’informations, contactez samuel à 905-527-4572 poste 99.

Ally is a Verb

The best way to be an ally is to listen with an open mind to transgender people speaking for themselves. Talk to transgender people in your community. Check out books, films, YouTube channels, and trans blogs to find out more about transgender people and the issues people within the community face.

from Tips for Allies of Transgender People by GLADD

See also PFLAG’s Straight For Equality Guide To Being a Trans Ally, and the additional resources linked from both sites, for more information on how to level-up your allyship in these disappointing, enraging times.