This week, Fae Johnstone @FaeJohnstone (White, Trans, She, They), a trans organizer and consultant from Ottawa, will help us gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of trans identities. Their talk , titled Stepping Up on Queer and Trans Youth Mental Health, is one of two essential resources for this week’s chat.
Please watch the 24-minute video, Stepping Up. In it, Fae explains basic vocabulary (nonbinary, cissexism, gender identity, assigned gender, etc.), plus the extraordinary and depressing statistics on lgbtq youth mental health. They share their own story of walking out the door every day as a queer trans youth.
The second essential resource for this week’s chat is Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, with practical tips and training resources.
This chat will give you resources on how to support trans clients, and ideas about how we can collectively address the structural factors that perpetuate negative health outcomes in trans communities. Pat Shelly of @UBSSW is the host. Join us! 9 PM EDT / 8 PM CDT /
6 PM PDT
Questions for discussion:
Q1 What do we know about the health and well-being of trans communities? Name some unique barriers to quality health services.
Q2 What does a ‘gender-affirming’ approach to supporting trans people look like in practice for organizations and individuals?
Q3 How can social workers work in solidarity with trans and gender-diverse communities? What are some macro approaches?
Q4 What are the differences between Canadian and American legal and human rights protections for transgender communities?
Q5 What other aspects of the lives of transgender people would you like to see explored in future #MacroSW chats?
Two are highly recommended to watch and read before the chat:
(24 minute video)
Johnstone, Fae. (2017, November 29). Stepping Up on Queer and Trans Youth Mental Health [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDOsC4YEnWE
(pdf you can download)
National LGBT Health Education Center. (2016) Affirmative Care-for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People: Best Practices for Frontline Health Care Staff. Boston, MA: Fenway Institute.
Trans 101 [8 min. video] (Australia) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ZzpTxjgRw
Trans Care BC (Canada): http://transhealth.phsa.ca/
Health Care Action Center https://transequality.org/health-care-action-center
The Trans PULSE Project: Research on health of transgender Ontarians
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People: https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc
Protections against discrimination for trans people in the USA:
Protections against discrimination for trans people in Canada: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/senate-approves-transgender-rights-bill-after-delay-1.3461359
Fae Johnstone (she/they) is a 4th year Bachelor of Social Work student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is an experienced social justice educator, community organizer and creative facilitator. Her expertise focuses on trans inclusion within social service agencies, creating community-based supports for trans youth and addressing the social determinants of health that shape the lives of trans youth. Her passion lies in combating the homophobia and transphobia that so deeply impact the lives of LGBTQ young people. Fae is a Core Team member of Trans Health Information Ottawa, and sits on the Strategic Advisory Council of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. She has been involved in LGBTQ+ and social justice advocacy for the past 7 years, working with local, provincial and national organizations to improve health and wellness for LGBTQ young people, and advocate for policy and legislative changes to protect the rights of members of the LGBTQ community. Fae can be found on Twitter at @FaeJohnstone.
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