Suggested Reading

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Also Available: Lower Mainland LGBT2SQ+ In Post-Secondary | Archival Materials

PD Day Handout Package

This packet was compiled by Jaime Yard (Faculty - Anthropology, Women's Studies & Gender Relations) & Brett Collins (Student Research Assistant - HSS) for attendees to the Queer Competency Trainings & for the Presentation of the Preliminary Data at the Douglas College 2015 Professional Development Day.

DC Psychology Society Workshop Handout Package

This packet was compiled by Brett Collins with materials collected by Brett Collins & Jaime Yard PhD (York), for a workshop on behalf of the Douglas College Psychology Society.

Queer Terminology - from A to Q

A terminology guide from QMUNITY, a Vancouver LGBTQ+ resource centre. Basic, and is a good start, however lacks depth.

Being Safe, Being Me: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

A new national study by SARAVYC shows that while Canada’s transgender youth face significant physical and mental health issues, strong family, school and community connections are helping many of them navigate these challenges. The study, funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and completed in collaboration with universities and health researchers across Canada, is the first and largest of its kind in Canada, with 923 individuals participating between the ages 14-25. They answered a range of questions in English or French on their home and school life, physical and mental health, access to health care, and gender identity.

Stages of Adjustment in Family Members of Transgender Individuals

While the clinical literature contains descriptions of the families and partners of transgender individuals, a description of the family members' processes of adjustment to a relative's transgender identity has not previously appeared in the family therapy literature. Family members experience different processes from the transgender individual. This article discusses stages that family members may experience and is directed toward therapists who work with any member of the family, as well as toward transgender individuals who may need to understand their families' experience. DOI: 10.1300/J085V07N03_01

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues and Family Caregiving

"Although the purpose of this monograph is not to debate whether LGBT identity serves as a separate culture, it does take the position that LGBT-identified individuals are members of a minority community with unique needs that in turn shape the development and delivery of competent services for its informal caregivers. Therefore, the purpose of this monograph is to raise awareness of the unique components of the sociocultural context that impact LGBT caregivers and provide information and resources which will assist providers, program planners, researchers and policymakers in increasing their competence in serving this population. The monograph begins with a discussion of the definition of LGBT, and then is divided into four key sections and an appendix: (a) an overview of sociocultural contexts influencing LGBT caregiver service utilization, (b) an examination of barriers to service utilization, (c) suggestions for overcoming obstacles to service utilization, (d) a brief discussion of promising programs and services for LGBT caregivers, and (e) resources and readings."

Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities

"OBJECTIVE: Transgender children who have socially transitioned, that is, who identify as the gender “opposite” their natal sex and are supported to live openly as that gender, are increasingly visible in society, yet we know nothing about their mental health. Previous work with children with gender identity disorder (GID; now termed gender dysphoria) has found remarkably high rates of anxiety and depression in these children. Here we examine, for the first time, mental health in a sample of socially transitioned transgender children.."


Engaging Families to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: The Family Acceptance Project

This article reports on the various phases of the Family Acceptance Project and discusses some of the findings, resources, and implications for practice. The FAP was designed as a research, education, intervention, and policy initiative thatwould: 1) strengthen and help ethnically and religiously diverse families support their LGBT children; 2) improve the health, mental health, and well-being of LGBT children and adolescents; 3) help LGBT youth stay in their familial homes to prevent homelessness and the need for custodial care in the foster care and juvenile justice systems; 4) inform public policy and family policy; and 5) develop a new evidence-based, family model of wellness, prevention, and care to promote well-being and decrease the high levels of risk for LGBT young people that restrict life chances and positive youth development. DOI: 10.1037/e509042011-003

TWO-SPIRIT YOUTH SPEAK OUT! / Analysis of the Needs Assessment Tool

This document provides an overview of the context of 2 spirit persons, and provides information regarding what the specific challenges are to these persons. Written by the Urban Native Youth Association.

Queer Reads

A list of suggested queer books for further reading. Mostly fiction.

Standards of Care, ver.7 (WPATH)

The Standards of Care, Version 7, is a publication of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, an international professional organisation for the determination of best practices for the care & treatment of trans persons. This publication outlines the empirically supported best practices for all forms of care for trans people, from mental health counselling, to hormone therapy, to surgery.

Canada's trans people face lengthy wait times for medical care

A journalistic overview of the state of transgender medical options in Canada. An article on the Globe & Mail by Kelly Grant.


Entitled Answering Nature's Call: An Accessibility Audit of Single-Stall Washroom Facilities at the University of British Columbia - Point Grey Campus, this audit undertaken by UBC sought to determine if UBC's facilities at Point Grey were accessible for LGBTQ+ &/or handicapped persons. The audit made 35 recommendations.