Joining is Easy

Learn more about the coalition by joining one of our monthly meetings. Get in touch. It’s easy to become a member, and we have types of membership that acknowledge our different capacities to engage on the issue of trans health:

Corresponding members are connected to the coalition through email, receiving information about resources that help them provide trans-specific health care.

Attending members meet one evening a month to share information about their work and ongoing initiatives of the coalition. Some are new to trans care and want to be ready for their first patient, and some provide their existing expertise to other members to expand capacity in Hamilton.

Steering members attend additional meetings to set the work plan of the coalition in order to implement the mentorship, education, advocacy, and system change that the larger membership has prioritized.

There are also volunteer opportunities at agencies and groups that form the coalition, which we would be more than happy to connect you with.

The Spec: “Massive hole” in transgender health care in Hamilton

“We’re increasingly uncomfortable with people sitting on wait lists waiting for care. That is when they are most likely to become despairing and suicidal.” – Dr. Siobhan Callaghan

“There’s absolutely a really strong need to ensure we can create capacity for this need … If you have a wait list of two years, there are a lot of people looking for that service.” – Jane Hastie

“We do need more physicians doing this type of work.” – Dr. Carys Massarella

“Some people who come out as transgender are sometimes dropped by their doctors, or their doctors don’t want to deal with transitional care.” – Autumn Getty

To join the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition’s work to increase the capacity of Hamilton’s health care system to deliver high-quality healthcare to Trans Hamiltonians, email

Read the full article at–massive-hole-in-transgender-health-care-in-hamilton

For Frontline Workers Involved in Homelessness: Trans Inclusion on October 3rd

Core Collaborative Learning is offering a free workshop for all frontline workers called Trans Inclusion on Tuesday, October 3rd (1:30pm-4:30pm).

The City of Hamilton recently passed its Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Protocol, which will affect how the City works with trans people accessing services, as well as employees and students. Come out to the Trans Inclusion workshop to get up to speed on the issues trans people are facing in the system, and connect with others to develop solutions.

Spaces are limited. To register contact Cole at

Improve access to health care for other trans youth in Ontario

Are you trans and/or non-binary? Are you between the ages of 12-29 and living in Southern Ontario? Want to help improve access to health care for other trans youth in Ontario?

Trans and non-binary youth in Southern Ontario are invited to take part in a study about their experiences with access to (or lack of access to) early transition care such as puberty blockers and/or hormones. This study is for youth between the ages of 12 and 29*, including those who have and those who have not tried to use hormones or puberty blockers.

More information at or by contacting:

Jake Pyne
McMaster School of Social Work
Phone (647) 951 2225

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance from the McMaster Research Ethics Board. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being conducted you may contact the McMaster Research Ethics Board Secretariat at (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142 or