Resources

This section contains external resources, guides, and sites of organizations that provide access to sexual health information, services, and other supports, including trans-specific resources.

Trans Health Organizations

International

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization that provides evidence-based care, education, research, public policy, and respect in transgender health.

Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health (TPATH)
First global transgender healthcare organization headed by trans-identified health care professionals, broadly identified as researchers, clinicians, providers-in-training, activists, and other service-oriented experts.

Canada

Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH)
CPATH is an interdisciplinary professional organization that works to support the health, wellbeing, and dignity of trans and gender diverse people.

Provincial

Halifax Sexual Health Centre-transgender health
Transition and sexual health support for trans people in Halifax. 

Trans Care BC
Supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across British Columbia.

Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q)
Also known as Québec Trans Health Action. The organization is a part of a long and rich history of activism, advocacy, and community organizing for improved access to health care and social services, housing, decent working conditions (particularly for sex workers), as well as HIV prevention, and an overall greater quality of life for trans people in Québec.

Health PEI-information on transgender health services
Basic information relating to trans health services in PEI.

Sherbourne Health Centre – trans health care services
Trans health programs and resources at Sherbourne including surgery supports and guidelines and protocols of trans care.

Ontario

TransWellness Ontario
Formerly known as Windsor Essex Transgender and Allied Support, Trans Wellness Ontario is aiming to expanding its capacity to service not just the Windsor -Essex area but the Ontario province.

London Intercommunity Health Centre – Trans Health Program
Trans health care for people living in London, Ontario.

HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH – Guelph)-transgender health care
Trans care clinic and social support in Guelph.

TG Innerselves (Sudbury)
Northern Ontario’s trans support site.

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition
A non-profit coalition of healthcare providers, advocates, and community members, working to increase the capacity of health systems in Hamilton, Ontario to meet the needs of trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people.

USA

UCSF Transgender Care
Based in San Francisco, this is a multidisciplinary program of experts in transgender medicine and surgery at UCSF Medical Center. Their work includes providing clinical care for transgender and gender non-binary communities.

Sexual Health Resources and Guides

Canada

HIV411
Canadian directory of finding HIV local services in your area.

CATIE
Canada’s Source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

Canadian Cancer Socieity-trans men and cervical cancer screening
Information on pap tests and cervical cancer screening for trans men.

Ontario

TheSexYouWant.ca
An Ontario-based sexual health resource for gay, bi, trans, and Two-Spirit guys from the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.

Sexual Health Ontario
A directory of sexual health clinics in Ontario, including anonymous testing sites.

Sophomore’s Sex Ed Guide
A guide that aims to fill the gaps in Ontario’s sex ed curriculum.

BDSM: Safer kinky sex guide
A guide to safer BDSM by ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto). 

Barrier Guide for STI Transmission
An informational guide to different barriers that can help prevent STI transmission.

USA

Keeping it Clean: Top Tips for Sex Toy Sanitation
An article that gives sex tory sanitation tips. 

Trans-specific Sexual Health Resources and Guides

Canada

Brazen: Trans Women’s Safer Sex Guide
A sexual health resource for trans women, produced by Toronto-based organization The 519 and Canada-wide organization CATIE.

Guide Homme Trans
A sex guide for trans men, produced by the Montreal-based organization RÉZO.

Get Real
A questions and answer guide for dating trans folks, produced by the Manitoba organization Rainbow Resource Centre.

Check It Out Guys
A pap tests campaign for transgender men in Canada.

International

Safer Sex for Trans Bodies
A guide to safer sex for trans and genderqueer individuals, produced by the US organizations Whitman-Walker Health and Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

GRUNT
A sexual health resource for gay, bi, and queer trans men, produced by the Australian organizations Peer Advocacy network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities (PASH.tm) and Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).

Sex as a Trans Man
A sexual health guide for trans men, produced by UK organization Terrence Higgins Trust.

Resources from cliniQ
Inclusive trans and non-binary sexual health and wellbeing resources, produced by UK organization cliniQ.

Healthy Relationships

Ontario

METRAC–ACTION on Violence
METRAC works to end gender-based violence across communities through education, research and policy. Its work includes The TransFormed Project, an action-based research project to better the health of trans, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence.

White Ribbon
Originating in Toronto, White Ribbon engages men to end gender-based violence. The organization has previously produced programs that aim to prevent violence against trans people.

USA

love is respect—LGBTQ+ communities page
An article on abuse in intimate partner relationships involving LGBTQ+ youth. love is respect is an online resource to empower youth, and prevent and end dating abuse. It is produced by the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

FORGE
FORGE is a US-based national transgender anti-violence organization that provides direct services to trans survivors. Their website contains guides for trans intimate partner violence and sexual violence survivors.

Substance Use

Canada

Safer Injection
A guide to safer injecting, produced by CATIE.

Ontario

Naloxone information—Ontario Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health’s programs distribute naloxone kits free-of-charge to reverse opioid overdose.

Find Harm Reduction Supplies—Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program
A listing of locations in Ontario that provide free harm reduction supplies.

Pieces to Pathways (P2P)
A peer-led initiative offering Canada’s only substance use support program for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth (ages 16–29).

Toronto VIBE
Provides safer drug use information for people partying in Toronto’s gay, bi, queer men’s party scenes.

Spill the Tea
A health and wellness intervention program to deliver safer partying education and awareness among guys into guys who participate in party and play (also called PnP or chemsex). Spill the Tea is produced by MAX Ottawa and ViiV Healthcare.

Body Image

Canada

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
NEDIC provides information, resources, referrals and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders. The organization sometimes hosts trans body image webinars.

m.bodiment Body Positivity: A Webinar for Health Providers
A webinar on m.bodiment, an Egale project that addressed gay, bi, trans, and queer men’s body image, mental and sexual health, and physical identity. The webinar also discusses ways for healthcare providers to be inclusive of the body image/eating disorder needs of the GBTQ community.

USA

Trans Wellness—Nonnormative Body Club
A Philadelphia-based project to create accessible fitness spaces for those of us whose bodies and identities rebel against normative definitions of beauty and health. This page includes free top surgery recovery videos.

Decolonizing Fitness
A social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education, and apparel in support of body diversity. The website also sells guides with workout plans specific to the transmasculine trainer and anyone who seeks to align with masculinized aesthetics.

Disability

DisabilityAfterDark podcast
A podcast by Toronto-based LGBTQ activist Andrew Gurza that shines a bright light on issues about sex and disability.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
A resource guide for transgender, gender expansive, and non-binary populations, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. This book includes a chapter, Disabilities and Deaf Culture, authored by Syrus Marcus Ware and Zack Marshall.

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
A book by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha that explores disability justice, a movement that centres the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people.

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
A book by genderqueer and disabled writer Eli Clare that explores cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Eli’s site provides additional LGBTQ-specific, disability-related resources.

Sexual Assault and Sex Trafficking

Canada

Links page-Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
A list of links by Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, an organization that supports and guides individual victims and their families in obtaining services and resources, and knowing their legal rights.

Canadian Human Traffic Hotline
Provides 24/7 services to connect human trafficking victims and survivors with emergency, transition, and long-term supports and services.

Ontario

Sexual Violence – Ontario.ca
Information about sexual violence. Also includes a link to a list of supports for people who are experiencing violence.

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape
A grassroots collective, run by women and non-binary people, working towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence.

Sistering
A multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.

PrEP/PEP Providers

Ontario

OntarioPrep.ca
Ontario’s guide to PrEP and PEP information, programs, and service providers. Includes PrEP/PEP information for trans people.

The PrEP Clinic
A free online PrEP prescribing service in Ontario.

MedsEXPERT Pharmacy and Clinic
A queer-owned, queer-staffed clinic and pharmacy in Toronto that services the LGBTQ+ community, including trans clients.

Where to Get PrEP—TheSexYouWant.ca
A directory of where to get PrEP across Ontario. This website is produced by the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.

Parenting/Pregnancy

Canada

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada
A national organization that offers local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.

Ontario

Planned Parenthood Toronto
Pro-choice community health centre that advances and advocates for the sexual health, health, and well being of youth. Provides LGBTQ support, testing and reproductive health resources (Toronto).

Planned Parenthood Ottawa
Provides unbiased information, support, and services to make healthy choices about relationships, health, and pregnancy.

SHORE Centre
Provides sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support for people in Waterloo Region. This organization has offices in Kitchener, Cambridge, and Guelph.

Quebec

Trans-inclusive Abortion Services: A Manual for Providers on Operationalizing Trans-inclusive Policies and Practices in an Abortion Setting
This manual was produced for Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances (FQPN), as part of their commitment to expanding discussions of sexual and reproductive health to include trans people and their families.

Sex Worker Resources

Canada

The Naked Truth
Provides sex-worker-driven, accessible resources, tools, and supports that prioritize health, safety, ethical business practices, and training for sex workers and clients.

Ontario

Maggie’s Toronto
Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers.

Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist (POWER)
An Ottawa-based bilingual, sex-positive organization created by and for sex workers that works to further the rights of sex workers as workers and human beings.

MAX Ottawa
An Ottawa-based non-profit organization that focuses on maximizing the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, Two-Spirit, queer, and other guys who are into guys.

Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Worker Support Network
A Toronto-based network formed by sex workers, social workers, legal professionals, and health professionals. Butterfly provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers.

Mental Health

Canada and USA

Trans Lifeline
A non-profit organization that provides a peer support phone service run by trans people. You can call this hotline if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.

Ontario

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres. CAMH provides a wide range of clinical care services for patients of all ages and their families.

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
Offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text, and chat, serving all of Ontario.

Across Boundaries
Provides mental health and addiction services, including LGBTQ programming, for racialized people across the Greater Toronto Area.

Francophone

Ontario

FrancoQueer
O
rganization that offers support to LGBT francophones in Ontario.

Quebec

RÉZO
A Montreal-based organization that serves cis and trans men who are gay bi, or have sex with other men.

Interligne
A frontline centre providing help and information for LGBTQ+ people. Services include a 24-hour hotline (available by phone, text, chat, and email).

Les 3 sex* 
A Montreal-based non-profit organization and charity that tackles issues related to sexual health by mobilizing the Canadian community on sexual issues.

Indigenous and Two-Spirit

Canada and USA

Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN)
An organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice throughout the United States and Canada

Canada

Indigenous Friendship Centres
A list of Friendship Centres represented by the National Association of Friendship Centres. Friendship Centres provide culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people living in urban centres.

Enchanté Network
An organization that connects and supports Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ communities across Canada.

Ontario

Aboriginal Health Access Centers
A list of Aboriginal community-led, primary health care organizations in Ontario.

2 Spirited People of The First Nations
Provides prevention education and support for 2-Spirit people, including First Nations, metis and Inuit people, living with or at risk for HIV and related co-infections in the Greater Toronto Area.

Employment Services

Canada

Support for Trans Employees: A Guide for Employees and Managers
A guide produced by Public Services and Procurement Canada, a department of the Government of Canada.

Youth Employment Services (YES)
A non-profit that provides free services and paid and unpaid apprentice programs for youth to find employment.

Ontario

Employment Ontario
Helps job seekers, workers, and employers with advice, grants, and other services around public and private sector employment.

Fred Victor—Employment and Training Services
A social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people across Toronto. Sometimes offers trans-specific support.

USA

Trans Employment Program—SF LGBT Center
A unique, collaborative program designed to help create inclusive workplaces and jobs for trans and gender non-conforming people in San Francisco.

Migrant Resources

Ontario

Settlement.Org
Ontario’s settlement site provides newcomers with information and resources, including information on where to get health care without Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage.

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
A collective voice for immigrant-serving agencies that provide resources and programs for immigrant needs and concerns.

Toronto

Health Care for People Without Insurance in Toronto
A list of services in Toronto that provide health care even if you don’t have medical insurance. (Please note that some of the information in this document may be out of date).

Blue Door Clinic
A walk-in clinic that serves people with HIV who don’t have adequate health insurance coverage (e.g., due to not having immigration status) or access to HIV medication. The clinic is based at Regent Park Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Provides services (including LGBTQ programming) for immigrants, refugees, and their communities. Run from various locations in Toronto.

Legal

HIV Legal Network
Promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation, and other advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.

Rights of LGBTI Persons—Government of Canada
Information on LGBTI rights in Canada, including an overview of legal protections, a list of provincial and territorial human rights legislation, and a list of resources.

Ontario

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)
A charitable not-for-profit community-based legal clinic that provides free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

Street Youth Legal Services
A Toronto-based program that provides legal information, advice, referrals, and representation to street-involved youth through workshops and individual consultations.

Research and Articles

This section contains some of the most recent trans research and trans-specific sexual articles and guides to help us expand our knowledge about trans health and inclusion.

Research

Canada

TransPulse (Ontario)
A community-based research project that investigated the impact of social exclusion and discrimination on the health of trans people in Ontario.

Reports and Publications—Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC)
CBRC promotes the health of gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer men through research and intervention development. This collection of reports and publications is filterable by category, including the categories of Trans & Non-Binary Health and Indigenous & Two-Spirit Health.

Ontario

Trans Youth Canada
Contains surveys and reports for a research study on building better supports for trans, Two-Spirit, gender diverse, and/or gender non-conforming youth in Canada.

Employment Support Services for LGBTQ+ Individuals
This 2018 review by Ontario HIV Treatment Network explores the barriers that LGTBQ+ people experience in seeking, gaining, and maintaining employment, as well as best practices in offering employment support services.

TRANSforming JUSTICE—Trans Legal Needs Assessment Ontario Project
A mixed-method legal needs assessment/research study of trans people in Ontario.

Barriers to Accessing Health Care among Transgender Individuals
A 2017 review on the barriers that prevent transgender individuals from accessing health care and sexual health care on a holistic level.

British Columbia

Research by Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC)
This page outlines past and present research by SARAVYC, which is based at University of British Columbia. Among the reports is a 2015 report on the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey.

USA

HIV and Transgender People—Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The latest CDC data on HIV and transgender people.

 

Articles and Videos

7 Things to Know about Birth Control if you are Transgender or Nonbinary

Biff and I:
YouTube vlog series by two Portland dads, Biff and Trystan: “We have two big kids, Hailey and Riley, that we adopted when they needed a safe place to call home. We welcomed our baby Leo into the family last year; Trystan (who is transgender) carried and gave birth to him.”

A 2019 article in Teen Vogue.

The Big Queer Guide to IUDsA Big Queer Guide to IUDs:
A 2015 article in Autostraddle.

Thinking about Pregnancy as a Nonbinary Person
A 2019 article by Elliott Cennetoglu about resources, personal experience, and considerations.

STIs for Trans Men (Part 1: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphillis)Youtube series
The first video in this 2016 two-video YouTube series by trans YouTuber Chase Ross. The video description also contains a link to the second video—STIs for Trans Men (Part 2: Herpes, HPV, HIV/AIDS).

 

Trans Inclusion Toolkits

Trans and Nonbinary Youth Inclusivity in Sexual Health—Guidelines for Educators and Service Providers
These guidelines were developed through a research project by Planned Parenthood Toronto.

Primary Health Care for Trans Patients
A guide by Rainbow Health Ontario to caring for trans and gender-diverse patients. This illustrated guide is based on Sherbourne’s Guidelines for gender-affirming primary care with trans and non-binary patients.

Designing Forms for Gender Diversity and Inclusion
A 2017 article on creating forms and surveys for trans, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals.

Creating Authentic Spaces: A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit to Support the Implementation of Institutional and Social Change
Developed by Toronto-based organization The 519, this toolkit and education program aims to challenge transphobia and to foster environments that are inclusive of gender identity and gender expression.

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