Are you a trans and/or genderqueer youth in Toronto? 13 - 27 years old?
You should check out Trans Youth Toronto every Wednesday from 5 pm - 9 pm at The 519 Church Street Community Centre! I ran this group for four and a half years, and it was absolutely amazing. It’s the world’s longest-running trans youth group, and was the biggest in Toronto while I ran it. Word on the street is that hardly anyone has gone since I left a little over a month ago and it’s in danger of being shut down.
Help keep this vitally important program for trans and genderqueer youth alive by attending, if you can!
Let’s save TYT!
Dr. Kenneth Zucker is the head of CAMH’s Children’s Gender Identity Clinic. He believes in reparative therapy — the idea that you can “fix” trans and gender non-conforming children by forcing them to act like the gender commonly associated with their assigned sex (ie, make ‘boys’ play with trucks, make ‘girls’ play with dolls, and punish those who refuse).
Through my work with trans communities over the past five years, I’ve come to meet many of Zucker’s patients. Overwhelmingly, they report strongly bad experiences. Many say that Zucker’s meddling set them back by years, and in some cases, decades. Some have reported lasting mental health consequences including depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders following treatment at his hands. Trans youth also report his causing problems and conflicts with their families, making it more difficult for their families to accept and celebrate their transitions.
I do not take it lightly to say that it is my belief that he is abusing children through the use of reparative therapy. Reparative therapy is widely criticized for its damaging use on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning people — there is no reason this ineffective and damaging technique should be used on trans and gender non-conforming youth under any circumstances.
Please signal boost and sign this petition. I don’t know if it will really have an effect on his standing at CAMH, but I do hope that it will at least make more parents aware that this man is not a safe medical services provider for trans and gender non-conforming youth in Canada.
Hey folks! I’m still fundraising to cover my tuition for this year’s Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat and would love any help and support and signal boosting you could give me. I’m only the second trans woman to ever be accepted to the Lambda retreat, and it is going to be super important to my continued practice as an artist and writer. At the retreat, I’ll be working on a noir thriller about intergenerational conflict between trans women.
Help support trans women’s literature! Thanks!
Prepare yourself, if you can. There’s nothing else quite like it.
Check out my very major interview with trans women writers Trish Salah and Casey Plett about trans women’s literature!
Jayne County talking about trans and queer life in New York City in the 1960s. She explains the “sex searches” police would conduct on drag queens and trans women during gay bar raids, making people expose their genitals to the police.
This evening I had the pleasure of listening to an older trans woman, an elderly drag queen, and an older trans man discuss their lives as out gender non-conforming queers in the 1960s-90s. They were talking about how Yonge Street used to be where all the gay bars, like the Saint Charles and The Manatee, were before the Church/Wellesley Village was created.
The older trans woman talked about how, before the laws against cross-dressing were changed, she used to overhear the cops telling young men they could go beat her up, and that “if they caught you going home with a man in heels — that was it!”
Then the elderly drag queen raised up their pant leg to show us the scars from the bullet that was shot through their leg back in the day. They said they’d also been stabbed before as well, for going out in drag.
It was an immensely humbling experience and made me feel very deep gratitude for the struggles of those older trans and queer generations that came before mine.