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6 Support Groups for Transgender Youth in Toronto and the GTA

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 18 December 2020
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18 December

Discovering one’s gender identity and deciding to boldly transition and authentically express themselves can be an emotionally-charged process for young people. In a world that believes and imposes gender stereotypes, the process of “coming out” can make the individual extremely vulnerable to internalized oppression, isolation and alienation, exposing them to the risk of loss of family support as well as bullying in school. These critical contributing factors dramatically impact mental health and overall well-being. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, LGBTQ+ youth face approximately 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse. Because of these challenges, trans youth…

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4 December

How Long It Takes to Get Gender-Affirming Surgery in the U.S.

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 4 Dec 2020

Approximately 1.4 million Americans identify as transgender, but universal access to gender-affirming surgery in the United States is still far from accessible. It’s important to establish that, unlike in Canada, federally-funded healthcare plans are an…

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