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Saskatchewan’s first province-wide study on Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people

Trans Sask is releasing the province’s first ever community report that surveys the experiences of Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (2STNBGN) people from across the province.

Trans Sask is a province-wide non-profit organization that supports and acts as a resource network for 2STNBGN individuals, their spouses, family, friends, and allies through advocacy, research, programs, and outreach to improve lives, and build community.

While research on 2STNBGN people has grown over the past number of years, research on this population in Saskatchewan is lacking. Prior to the current census, there have been only two larger surveys of gender diverse people living in Saskatchewan with low response rates from community members in the province. “So they know that we’re here”: The Trans Sask Community Report is the result of a year-long community engagement and research process funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada that aims to address the absence of data. Through this process, our community entrusted us with telling the stories of Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (2STNBGN) people in Saskatchewan.

“We hope the information from this report not only dispels the myth that we aren’t present in Saskatchewan, but also shows our vivid, creative, and dynamic community members as well as all our communities that our quality of life should be a priority.” says Trans Sask Research Manager, Tiberius Fayant-McLeod.

Among the report’s key findings is the need for more inclusive workplace and hiring practices in the province as nearly half of respondents “avoided applying for a job because of their gender,” and improvements to legal name and ID change laws as again “almost half (48%) of respondents who wanted to change their legal name had not done so.”

The full report covers all of our key findings, response demographics from our province-wide survey, excerpts from our interviews with community co-investigators, and our report recommendations.

The full report can be found on our website at https://www.transsask.ca/research/community-report

For more information, please contact Tiberius Fayant-McLeod at tiberius.fayant-mcleod@transsask.ca

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