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Trans Workshop Social Action for Social Change Working Group & The Field Education Office School of Social Work, York University, March 9, 2012
Agenda • Welcome & Introductions • Context Gender, Gender Identity Terms & Meanings Transitioning & Standards of Care • BREAK • Reports on Trans’ Experiences • Aerissa Roy-Dupuis • Erasure & Discrimination • Reflections, Questions & Answers • Concluding Comments
Mission Statement The School of Social Work, York University, is committed to social work education which develops practice strategies for human rights and social justice and thus affirms that personal experiences are embedded in social structures. Through research, curriculum and critical pedagogy the School will: • address oppression and subordination as experienced and mediated through class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and ability; • develop a critical appreciation of the social construction of reality; • promote an understanding of how values and ideologies construct social problems and how they construct responses; • prepare students to be critical practitioners and agents of change.
Gender identity & expression not protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act & Criminal Code or Ontario Human Rights Code • Bill C-276/279 (C-392/2005; C-326/2006; C-494/2007; C-389/2009) • An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act & the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression) • Introduction and first reading in the House of Commons, September 2011 • Toby’s Act(Bill 186/2007; Bill 224/2009; Bill 70/2010) • Right to be Free from Discrimination & Harassment because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression • Private members Bill – 4th time introduced into Provincial Parliament by Cheri DiNovo - 1st time that the bill has been cosigned—by all major Ontario political parties, February 2012 • Trans Lobby Group
Gender & Gender Identity
What Gender in Not • Not sex: refers to the biological body & genitals • Not sexual orientation: refers to who you are attracted to; pattern of romantic and/or sexual attraction toward people; • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight (heterosexual), asexual. • Does not cause sexual orientation. For example, a masculine woman is not necessarily a lesbian: FEMALE = FEMININITY = HETEROSEXUAL (STRAIGHT) FEMALE = MASCULINITY = LESBIAN (Gender Equity Resource Centre)
Two-Spirit(ed) Terms & Meanings Transgender Transsexual Transition Gender Identity Disorder Cross-dresser Intersex Transphobia Gender Queer Transvestite Sex Reassignment Surgery Fenway Health Glossary of Gender & Transgender Terms
Transsexuality, Transitioning, Standards of Care
Professional Resources • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (Standards of Care) • Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) (Resources)
Community Resources Training/Education The 519 Community Centre The 519 Talks: Workshop Series Trans Access Health Care/Counselling Sherbourne Health Centre David Kelley LGBTQ Counselling Program Trans Youth Trans_Fusion Crew Central Toronto Youth Services Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans Youth Line Newcomer Trans Youth • LGBTQ Resources | Access Alliance Beyond the GTA • Peel Region LGBT Resources • York Region LGBT Resources • Durham Region LGBT Resources • LGBT Pride Line Durham Helpline
Publications, Reports & Other Resources • The Trans Pulse Project • Trans Pulse Resource List • Trans Pulse Publications & Presentations • Toronto Shelter Standards (Section 4.7) • Invisible Men: FTMs and Homelessness in Toronto • Toronto Trans Positive Shelters • Resources Trans People in the Prison System • Trans People in the Criminal Justice System
Documentaries, Films, Websites … • Diagnosing Difference • Gender Equity Resource Centre • The Menace
Thank You! • Anh Ngo, PhD Student • Kaitlin Rybacki, BSW Student • Esther Ng, Practicum Office Assistant • Vina Sandher, Field Education Manager • Maurice Poon, Faculty
Thank You! Eva Moser, MSc MSW student School of Social Work email@example.com Aerissa Roy-Dupuis BSW student School of Social Work firstname.lastname@example.org Andrea Daley, PhD School of Social Work email@example.com