Author: cathaines

MEDIA RELEASE – SASK MEDICAL TRANSITION GUIDE

For immediate release:

Saskatchewan (Feb 5, 2019): The Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition (STHC) is pleased to announce the release of the first version of the Saskatchewan Medical Transition Guide, intended for transgender and gender diverse individuals seeking to medically transition in the province of Saskatchewan. The guide offers information around what processes and procedures related to medically transitioning are available within and outside the province of Saskatchewan; how and where to access these services; and what services are covered by SaskHealth.

“The Government of Saskatchewan provides inadequate information with regards to what services are available to residents, as well as how and where to access these services” said Cat Haines, a transgender woman, and Co-Chair of TransSask Support Services. “This guide is intended to fill in some of the blanks and provide trans and gender diverse residents of Saskatchewan with the information they deserve and need around how to access services related to their medical transition.”

“There was nothing like this when I began to transition. Having a guide like this would have saved me a great deal of time, anguish, and anxiety” said Miki Mappin, a transgender woman and member of the Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition.

The Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition is a coalition of transgender and gender diverse patients, advocates, and activists; 2SLGBTQIAP+ organizations; and frontline healthcare providers and support staff seeking to improve the state of transgender and transition related healthcare in the province of Saskatchewan.

“By providing this guide we intend to also give tools to healthcare providers in search of alleviated barriers to care” said Jack Saddleback, a Two Spirit transgender man, and Cultural & Projects Coordinator of OUTSaskatoon. “As a service provider, we have been tasked to work closely with healthcare professionals to offer guidance on navigating the healthcare systems for their trans and gender diverse patients. Too often we have found that healthcare professionals have been ill equipped with little to no information provided by the systems in which they work in.”

The Saskatchewan Medical Transition Guide is available from organizations involved in the Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition including TransSask, OUTSaskatoon, UR Pride, Trans Umbrella Foundation and Moose Jaw Pride.

Media Contacts:

Cat Haines (she/her)
Co-Chair (Regina)
TransSask Support Services Inc.
cat.haines@transsask.ca
Jack Saddleback (he/him)
Cultural & Project Coordinator
OUTSaskatoon
twospirit@outsaskatoon.ca

 

Sex Worker Solidarity

Last year the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) were signed into law, and are now beginning to be enforced more broadly. In response to these acts, as well as the Cloud Act, the Board of Directors for TransSask Support Services Inc. has decided to both change our official site domain from .org to .ca, and migrate our hosting services to a Canadian based provider.

We’ve made these moves to ensure the protection of our website, services, partners and community from over-reaching and dangerous legislation, and believe this move is a necessary step of being able to provide resources and support for sex workers. SESTA/FOSTA has already been widely condemned as a violation of people’s rights, both to privacy and free speech. These acts conflate sex work with sex trafficking, and directly harms many of the people it purports to protect by removing essential resources for screening, communication, and safe advertisement of their services. As a result, it forces sex workers into increasingly unsafe spaces to conduct their business both online and off.

TransSask Support Services stands in solidarity with sex workers, and thus, is in direct opposition to these oppressive laws. We recognize that people are involved in sex work for a vast number of reasons, and while action must be taken to prevent sex trafficking, the two are not synonymous and these acts are absolutely not the correct course of action to take. We will continue to support sex workers access much needed resources and care, and work to both fight these existing laws as well as ensure similar laws are not enacted here in Saskatchewan/Canada.

If you are a sex worker interested in supporting other sex workers in the province, let us know, we would be happy to start a conversation around how TransSask can best support  your needs. 

MEDIA RELEASE – TRANSSASK AND UR PRIDE HOSTING SASKATCHEWAN’S FIRST TRANS PRIDE.

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Regina, SK (June 4, 2018): TransSask Support Services Inc. and UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity are hosting Saskatchewan’s first Trans Pride on June 15th, 2018. The event will take place at the Regina Speaker’s Corner, and includes a community potluck from 4-6pm, followed by a line-up of local and national transgender artists and activists, including world renowned transgender cartoonist, Sophie Labelle. The theme for Trans Pride 2018 is Accessible Trans Affirming Healthcare.

“Pride celebrations are deeply rooted in the resistance and struggle of queer and trans communities – but in the years since marriage equality, the tone of Pride has largely shifted from one of struggle, to one of celebration” said Cat Haines, Co-Chair (Regina) of TransSask Support Services. “We are creating a space where can not only celebrate Pride, but also bring awareness to the serious issues still facing transgender people and communities in this province.”

In the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 64% of transgender youth (14-25 years) have reported avoiding medical care because of previous negative experiences, and 50% of transgender youth had attempted suicide in the previous year. [1]

Within Saskatchewan there is a single health provider, who currently has a 3+ year waitlist, able to make referrals for out-of-province transition related care – which due to a lack of local services, is a common situation for transgender patients.

The keynote speaker of Trans Pride 2018 is Sophie Labelle, a world-renowned transgender cartoonist, as well as a children’s book illustrator and novelist from Montreal. She is famous for her webcomic about a group of queer and transgender teenagers, Assigned Male, which has been running for four years and reaches a million of readers weekly. She has been touring a lot in the past few years to give talks at LGBT associations and some of the most prestigious universities of the world.

Event details and schedule can be found at: transsask.ca/pride.

Media Contacts:

Cat Haines (she/her)
Co-Chair, Regina
TransSask Support Services Inc.
306-581-4518
cat.haines@transsask.ca
Jacq Brasseur (they/them)
Executive Director
UR Pride Centre for Sexuality
and Gender Diversity
306-586-8811 Ext. 207
executive.director@urpride.ca

TransSask Support Services Inc is a Saskatchewan based non-profit organization that exists to serve the transgender community in Saskatchewan. TransSask is currently involved in a number of initiatives including the Saskatchewan Trans Health Coalition, a group of community organizations, health providers, and advocates working to improve the transgender affirming healthcare in Saskatchewan.

UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity is a non-profit 2LGBTQ+ service provider housed at the University of Regina. UR Pride offers multiple programs and supports to students, faculty and staff at the University of Regina and its’ affiliated colleges. In addition to serving the campus community, UR Pride also provides services and programming for the entire city of Regina.

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