This training consolidates evidence-informed best practice and research, and includes the lived experience of queer, trans, nonbinary and gender-diverse people, recognizing that stigma based on gender identity is often compounded by stigma based on race, age, sexual orientation, dis/ability and socioeconomic status. Relevant national and international studies, review of recommendations from the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) and integration of community based research done by Transpulse (www.transpulse.ca) form the basis on which this training uses group work to explore eight practical steps to making safer, more welcoming services that address specific issues faced by people who experience homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Internationally, clinics serving gender diverse children and adolescents are reporting significant increases in the number of youth seeking care annually, and the mental health of 2SLGBTQI people improves when they receive SOGI (sexual orientation / gender identity) affirming care. It’s estimated there are now 25 million transgender people around the world, and growing 2SLGBTQI advocacy globally demands competency in creating SOGI inclusive spaces and services everywhere.
- Offer with confidence SOGI affirming supports including using pronouns competently, providing guidance during social transitioning, being able to help with documentation, understanding the role of hormonal suppression for youth, and being able to connect and collaborate with local community resources.
- Strengthen community access to the most current evidence and SOGI inclusive practices to foster affirming and health promoting environments in families, schools, and workplaces.
- Share and learn strategies and strengths to create momentum for cross-sector, informal collaboration and idea/project sharing related to SOGI inclusive services and spaces for children, youth and families.
- Examine personal and organizational practice and increase knowledge and commitment to becoming a positive support for people of any age who have gender and sexual diversities.
- Name relevant human rights provisions and other legal protections and/or processes relevant to gender and sexual diversity.