This list of action items was first printed along with article titled We Live In A World That Refuses To See Us in ROC Issue 02, pages 72-85. To submit resources relating to this topic, please send us an email.
It can be difficult for trans or non-binary people to advocate for their inclusion for a number of reasons, including lack of safety in spaces. The next time you are filling out an intake form or participating in a health survey that collects information on demographics of its participants, pay attention to whether it asks about sex and gender properly and if not...
DONATE to BQYC, so they can continue providing support to Black LGBTQ+ youth in Toronto, Ontario.
DONATE to QUEERDOC, so they can provide gender-affirming care to people who cannot afford it.
DONATE to NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY, the leading advocacy organization for transgender people in the U.S., working to change local, state, and federal policies and laws.
DONATE to BBB program at QMUNITY, so gender-diverse youth in British Columbia can access gender- affirming garments.
READ Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
WATCH the following:
EDUCATE YOURSELF about the gender-diverse community. Search for information from reputable sources instead of burdening someone to educate you.
READ Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
READ Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
READ How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
READ She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
For policy-makers, CONSULT with the local gender-diverse community before adapting policies that have worked elsewhere. Contact your legislative representative(s) to improve laws on trans rights and access to care.
Whether you can give five minutes, five dollars or five days, your actions contribute to a positive ripple of change. Find direct links to all resources listed in our magazine below. Join the movement today!