Category: Media

MEDIA RELEASE: TRANSSASK LAUNCHES PROVINCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

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Saskatchewan (Mar 29, 2019): TransSask Support Services, Inc. is a province wide support and resource network for transgender and gender diverse individuals in Saskatchewan. TransSask has a mission to identify, develop and provide services and resources that meet the needs of trans-identified and sex or gender diverse people within Saskatchewan, and has been awarded a Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) grant to develop a pilot peer-support program, TransConnect: Social Supports for Trans and Gender Diverse Communities in Saskatchewan. The project includes facilitating social support groups in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert as well as creating an online peer-support system for individuals outside those centres.

“Within the province of Saskatchewan there is an overall lack of mental health services, and a critical lack of service providers who have knowledge and cultural competencies related to transgender and gender diverse individuals” said Cat Haines, Co-Chair of TransSask Support Services. “While this lack of services must ultimately be addressed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, until such a time, we will continue to do what transgender communities and people have always done and support one another at a personal and community level.”

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. While there have been no efforts to collect similar information around transgender adults in Saskatchewan, an analysis of peer-reviewed and grey literature around transgender suicidality indicates that approximately 10% of transgender individuals have attempted suicide in the past year, and over 50% have experienced suicidal ideation in the same time period.

“Isolation and alienation are definitely major issues for queer and trans folks province wide, especially in more rural communities” said Nillin Lore, Support Coordinator for TransSask. “As somebody who has personally struggled with both throughout my life, I understand the importance of affirming and empowering social support. I genuinely believe that the TransConnect has the potential to immensely improve the emotional well-being of countless gender diverse individuals all around Saskatchewan.”

TransSask is currently exploring additional funding to be able to expand this project even more.

 

Media Contacts:

Cat Haines (she/her)
Co-Chair, Regina
TransSask Support Services
cat.haines@transsask.ca
Nillin Lore (they/them)
Support Coordinator
TransSask Support Services
support.coordinator@transsask.ca

 

MEDIA RELEASE – SASK MEDICAL TRANSITION GUIDE

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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

 

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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