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A Brief History of Gay & Transgender Rights in Canada

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 25 June 2020
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25 June

Through the years, Canada has moved progressively towards acknowledging and supporting transgender rights (or the lack thereof). From a country heavily influenced by Britain in criminalizing homosexuality to emerging as a champion for the LGBT+ community. Let’s take a look at the pivotal milestones in the history of transgender rights in Canada to see how far we have come and how much further we need to go. Pre-Colonial Canada It is critical to recognize that before the European colonization, the Indigenous peoples in Canada, particularly in Turtle Island, have high regard for sexual and gender diversity. Two-Spirit people who identify…

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How Can I Be Supportive Of A Transgender Family Member?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 20 Sep 2017

If someone you love is having transgender surgery or coming out as trans, you may not be sure how you can be supportive. There are four important ways you can show your transgender family member that you love them: Listen, Ask, Learn and Help. Listen When a family member comes…

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Everything You Need To Know About Using Correct Gender Pronouns

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 13 Sep 2017

We sometimes take pronouns for granted in our everyday speech. We see someone who appears male and we assume he is a “him.” When we see someone who appears female, we think of her as a “she.” Without information about the person, we make assumptions about their gender pronouns. If…

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How To Talk To Your Family Members About Transitioning

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 6 Sep 2017

There is no right or wrong way to tell your family that you are transitioning. Whichever way you choose, remember that there is nothing wrong with you and you are allowed to live as your true self. Even if you are not considering transgender cosmetic surgery yet or have already…

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What To Do When You’ve Been Misgendered

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 28 Aug 2017

Whether you have undergone transgender surgery or not, you may still get misgendered. This can be a very painful experience. In some cases, the person didn’t mean to use the wrong pronoun. However, in some cases it can be done maliciously. For many in the trans community, being misgendered is…

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How To Prepare For Your Top Surgery

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 21 Aug 2017

If you are scheduled to have top surgery, you are probably wondering how you can get ready for it. Below, you’ll find a timeline outlining what steps to take and when to take them, so that you are prepared for your top surgery procedure. General Preparation If you are seeing…

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