Canada Transgender

'Health Care Is Incredibly Inaccessible For Most Trans People Across The Country'

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Canada's health-care system may be built on the premise of equal access for all, but the transgender community says the provision of service...

Understanding Transgender Pronouns

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living

Because a person's gender is always valid.

Transgender SFU Students Protest For More Gender-Inclusive Washrooms

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Transgender students across Canada are fighting to feel safe using public facilities.

Award Created In Memory Of Slain B.C. Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A youth leadership award has been created in honour of January Marie Lapuz, a transgender woman who was killed in New Westminster, B.C. Lapuz, 26, ...

WATCH: His Eight-Year Journey From A Woman To A Man

The Future Starts Here | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Impact

Tiffany’s producer and co-writer Sawyer Steele happens to be transgender. In this episode he joins Tiffany to share his transition story, as well as...

Vancouver Parents Take School Board's Transgender Policy To Court

CBC | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A group of parents have a filed a petition in BC Supreme Court seeking to overturn a controversial Vancouver school board policy that provides supp...

B.C. YouTube Star's Transformation From Prince To Princess

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Most Canadians have never heard of B.C.'s Julie Vu, but to hordes of YouTube fans worldwide, she is Princess Joules, transgender role model and LGBT a...

Joshua Ostroff

WATCH: An Intimate Look At This Transgender Punk Rocker's Life | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Music

Laura Jane Grace, singer for political punk rockers Against Me!, has always been outspoken, but for much of her life she felt forced to hide her true ...

Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Elliott

Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.

Bike Shop Serves Only Ciswomen And Trans Customers On Sundays

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact

A Toronto DIY bicycle shop offers its services to ciswomen and trans customers only on Sundays, excluding other patrons, to create a safe space. ...

What's So Funny About Being Trans?

CBC | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada TV

A Vancouver production company are celebrating after their transgender comedy TV show — The Switch — met its initial crowdfunding goal over the we...

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace On Being A Transgender Role Model

The Huffington Post Canada | Benjamin Boles | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Music

Most progressive-minded musicians would be thrilled to play an event as massive as the 2014 WorldPride celebrations in Toronto this week, but for Agai...

The Worst Questions Trans People Get Asked

CP | Leanne Italie, The Associated Press | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Living

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At a party, in a checkout line or out to dinner, transgender model Arisce Wanzer has this to say about routine, uncomfortable questio...

Controversial Transgender Policy Coming To Vancouver Schools

CBC | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver School Board trustees have adopted a controversial update to school policy that will provide supports for transgender students. After a l...

Bid To Make Transgender Discrimination A Hate Crime Fails

CBC | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics

The House of Commons justice committee voted Tuesday against an amendment to Bill C-13, the so-called cyberbullying bill, that would have made discrim...

Vancouver Mother Speaks Out For Her Transgender Son

Ian Young | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ian Young

Vancouver mother Fiona Chen knew her daughter was different, almost as soon as she could express herself. "From age three she refused to wear dresses...there were so many beautiful dresses that I had to give away," said Chen with a laugh. But it was the start of a difficult journey.

Transgender Woman's Blood Donation Turned Away

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver woman was shocked when Canadian Blood Services (CBS) turned her away from donating blood because she is transgender. Clayre Sessoms say...

Vancouver Transgender Students Could Use Any School Washroom

CBC | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver School Board got a mixed reception to plans to change its sexual orientation and gender identity policy at a packed public meeting Wedne...

WATCH: Transgender Model's Inspiring Message

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Style

Even though model Geena Rocero had been working in the fashion business for a decade, no one in the industry, including friends, colleagues and her ag...

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

Rae Spoon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Music
Rae Spoon

I recently ended up on a talk radio show based in my hometown of Calgary. "Is this Rae Spoon?" asked the interviewer. "Yes, it is," I replied. "And you are transgender, right?" "Yes, I am." "And we're supposed to use a different word for you?"...In over 10 years, through the hundreds of interviews I'd done with people firing questions at me about being transgender, I had always tried to avoid answering the ones that sounded like they were something off of Jerry Springer.

What I Learned About Identity From a Transgender Truck Driver

Bianca Pang | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

The truck driver tells us to trust him (apparently, this was enough for us to believe that he wasn't a serial killer) and opens up the back of the truck. And of course, anytime the back of a truck opens, you're obliged to look in. Sure enough, costumes. An abundance of them, along with heels I made sure to take note of and purchase later on.

These Pictures Will Make You Question Everything About Gender

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living

Lovers of art are well aware that it often takes time for a picture to truly sink in — but in "Alone Time," a series of photographs by Montreal-base...

Trans Woman Avery Edison Was Put in a Men's Prison -- Why, Canada?

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Here in Canada, we tend to think of ourselves as claiming a sort of moral high ground when it comes to social justice issues. And then, every once in a while, an event occurs that proves just how awful and backwards we really are. Monday morning, 25-year-old British comedian Avery Edison tried to enter Canada through Toronto. She was denied entry and detained by Canadian immigration officials, a fact which she admitted was her own fault. It was decided that because of her male genitalia, she would have to go to Maplehurst Correctional Complex, an all-male facility. This, in spite of the fact that her passport lists her as female. And this is where I lose it.

How My Documentary Film Took Me From a Glacier in Alberta to Sundance

Chelsea McMullan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Chelsea McMullan

It was a gruelling schedule. I came to deeply respect the life of the touring musician as I battled reoccurring ear infections and worriedly Googled the symptoms for scurvy after eating at McDonald's three times in one day, and enlisted our coats and bags to construct makeshift bunks on the overnight bus rides.

Transgender Canadians Deserve Protection -- Why Aren't They Getting It?

Peter Goffin | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Peter Goffin

When newly-sentenced Wikileaks source Pvt. Bradley Manning revealed he would be pursuing gender reassignment while in prison, the announcement was met with a raft of reaction, some of it supportive, much of it venomous. Some 1,700 km northeast of the cell where Manning will serve 35 years for leaking U.S. military secrets, Canadian legislators have been at work since June 2011 to expand the Canadian Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression on the list of characteristics protected by hate crime law