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.

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