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, and Prince Albert as well as creating an online peer-support system for individuals outside of those centres.
Nillin Lore (they/them)
Nillin is a multiple award winning blogger and an accomplished speaker who has provided queer sexuality and gender diversity education around Saskatchewan. Their writing on sexual wellness has been featured worldwide, as far away as the Tate Modern Museum of London. Just this past year they also presented to an international audience during the 2018 Interpride World Conference & AGM.
Among many other projects, Nillin is currently working as a co-author of the sexuality chapter for the 2nd Edition of “Trans Bodies,Trans Selves” from Oxford University Press and is soon to be published in a collection of queer erotica from Cleis Press, all while keeping busy behind the scenes at TransSask with implementing our “Trans Connect” pilot program.
TransConnect Prince Albert
WHERE: Prince Albert Indian Metis Friendship Centre; 1409 1st Ave East
WHEN: 1st Wednesday of the month @ 1:00 PM
FACILITATOR: James Young (he/him)
James is a transgender advocate with a decade of successful community service. Growing up on the east side of Toronto through the 1990s, James’ sense of independence was, at times, tested in academic institutions and school sports teams. He has much life experience, including sleeping at homeless shelters, as well as having phases with children’s aid and the justice system. Resources at The 519 centre, Rainbow Healthcare, and Toronto community programs helped James find self-acceptance. He is very aware of the diverse needs of all communities and enjoys learning about sociology. In 2015, he moved away from his hometown to become a volunteer firefighter for Sask. Wildfire Management. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking, James strives for a nutritional diet and internal wellness through art and nature.
Gender Revolution [Saskatoon]
WHERE: OutSaskatoon; 23 Avenue C South
WHEN: Thursdays @ 7:00 PM
FACILITATOR: Drumlin Crape (they/them)
Drumlin Crape is the genderqueer and transmasculine facilitator of the Gender Revolution group. Drumlin’s experience in the queer community began early when they led their high school’s Queer Straight Alliance in Calgary, and has since grown to include providing education to organizations wanting to improve their understanding and accommodation of 2SLGBTQ+ people, gathering resource lists for queer and trans organizations to use, and peer support. Drumlin’s years of experience with Camp fYrefly Calgary leading workshops, mentoring youth, and learning alongside other queer and trans people have taught them a deep appreciation of community and chosen family. Outside of their Gender Revolution role, Drumlin studies English at the University of Saskatchewan, spends time with their cat and their loved ones, runs, listens to probably too many podcasts, and analyzes pop culture for queer subtext.
Resilience Trans Group [Regina]
WHERE: UR Pride Lounge, Riddell Centre 225, University of Regina
WHEN: Wednesdays @ 5:00 PM
FACILITATOR: Kēr (she/they)
kēr is an intersex bisexual transfem Prairie Girl™ who prides themself on calling Treaty 4 Territory home. Although she’s a colossal mess she still somehow manages to gather herself enough to be involved in community building, development and organising and can be found working on matters – gender, race, sexuality and social justice. They’re passionate about mental wellness and are an ardent proponent of healing and self-loving. HIV/AIDS has been a lifelong work of hers and she was part of getting the Ministry of Health (Saskatchewan) to start allocating funding to provide universal coverage for HIV medications in the financial year 2018-19 i.e. PrEP, PEP and management / treatment of HIV.