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.
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
An 8 week drop-in group providing support and skills based education regarding coping with mental health and substance use concerns for youth ages 17-25 who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, and Queer. Call 905-522-1155 ext 31725 or email email@example.com for more information.
Running every second Sunday (Oct 1, 15 & 29 this month) TransForm offers transfeminine, transmasculine, and genderqueer/nonbinary gear in a trans-focused event. Donate gently used items for a discount on purchase, see flyer for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.