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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
7:21 pm
Questionnaire about the Family Experience

Hi Everyone,

My name is Rachel and I am a grade 12 student at a high school in Ontario, Canada.

As part of my “Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society” course, I chose to focus my independent study project on the diverse family experiences of transgender people. I have composed the following questionnaire as a means of collecting direct input from non cisgendered people about the unique challenges and experiences that they may face within their families. This is an anonymous questionnaire so you will not be required to disclose any names unless you wish to and your answers will not be shared with anyone other than myself and my teacher. You must be at least high school aged to complete this survey. If there are any questions that you feel uncomfortable answering, are unsure about how to answer or if the question doesn’t apply to you, simply place an “NA” in the space below the question.

If you are interested in filling out the questionnaire, please click on this link

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NwBohuaLA7C0DetWxCPjkHR0knO6KQzODK1aSIRAGTM/edit and then send your answers to me via email to: R_T_world@hotmail.com with the right number in front of each answer so I know which question to match it up with.
Thank you so much for helping me out!

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, November 13th, 2010
6:15 pm
Ottawa Trans Day of Remembrance 2010
[francais version sous l'anglais]

Ottawa Trans Day of Remembrance

November 20th, 2010
Minto Park, Elgin Street, Ottawa

The eighth annual Ottawa Trans Day of Remembrance will be observed on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 starting with a rally at Minto Park on Elgin Street between Lewis and Gilmour at 1: 30 p.m. The rally will be followed by a march to Parliament Hill in recognition and support of Bill C-389 that will add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the hate crimes and sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. Later in the evening, there will be a Candlelight Vigil at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin and Lisgar at 7pm.

We are offering the rally at Minto Park an alternate meeting point for all those who are not comfortable attending a flag-raising rally at the police station organized by members of Gender Mosaic at 1pm, out of respect for trans sex workers, street-involved trans people, trans people of colour (who make up a significant portion of people honored through the “Remembering Our Dead Project”) and other people who have been the target of police brutality and oppression. It also failed to acknowledge the current political climate between the Ottawa police and the queer community due to the police boards’ position on HIV non-disclosure and resistance to constructive dialogue.

The rally is also to recognize and in solidarity with all diverse voices, identities, and experiences of our community, as we cannot sit idly by while many people in trans communities are being excluded and neglected for the sake of media publicity and political convenience. It is the right of every trans person to be included and empowered by an event established to memorialize loved and lost ones and recognize the challenges faced through transphobia, discrimination, intolerance, hate and potential death because of our gender identity, gender expression or transition experience/status.

On this day we have the opportunity to help trans people of all backgrounds to raise awareness, to encourage dialogue, to celebrate the lives of trans people and to mourn for our loved and lost ones. We encourage everyone interested in supporting the lives of ALL trans people to join us in a rally, a march and a vigil. In the meantime, please spread the word and let everyone you know! Write to your MPs to support Bill C-389! Bring your friends and family!

For updated information about the rally and march as we near November 20th, please visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160851957278283. We can also be reached at ottawatransdayofremembrance@gmail.com

In solidarity,

Organizing Committee for the Ottawa Trans Day of Remembrance 2010


Journée du Souvenir Trans d’Ottawa

20 Novembre 2010
Parc Minto,Rue Elgin, Ottawa

Le huitième rapport annuel Journée du Souvenir Trans d’Ottawa sera observé le samedi 20 Novembre 2010 à partir d'un rassemblement au parc Minto sur la rue Elgin entre Lewis et Gilmour au 13:30. Le rassemblement sera suivi par un mars à la Colline du Parlement, en reconnaissance et le soutien du projet de loi C-389 qui va ajouter l'identité sexuelle et expression sexuelle à la liste des motifs de discrimination interdits par la Loi canadienne sur les droits de l'homme et aux crimes haineux et les dispositions des peines du Code criminel du Canada. Plus tard dans la soirée, il y aura une veillée aux chandelles au Monument des droits de l'homme sur la rue Elgin et Lisgar à 19:00.

Nous offrons le rassemblement au parc Minto comme un point de rencontre alternative pour tous ceux qui ne sont pas confortables à un rassemblement de lever du drapeau au poste a la station de police organisée par des membres de Gender Mosaic à 13:00, par respect pour les travailleurs du sexe trans, de la rue les personnes transsexuelles, transgenres de couleur (qui forment une partie importante des personnes honorées par la «Remembering Our Dead projet ») et d'autres personnes qui ont été la cible de la brutalité policière et l'oppression. Il a également omis d'accuser le climat politique actuel entre la police d'Ottawa et de la communauté queer en raison de la position de la commission de police sur le VIH non-divulgation et de la résistance à un dialogue constructif.

Le rassemblement est aussi de reconnaître et en solidarité avec toutes les voix diverses, des identités et des expériences de notre communauté, que nous ne pouvons pas rester les bras croisés alors que beaucoup de gens dans les communautés trans sont exclus et négligés pour des raisons de publicité dans les médias et les convenances politiques. C'est le droit de toute personne trans d'être inclus et habilités par un événement créé pour commémorer aimé et perdu des êtres et de reconnaître les défis auxquels font face grâce à la transphobie, la discrimination, l'intolérance, la haine et la mort potentielle en raison de notre identité de genre, l'expression de genre ou de l'expérience de transition / état.

En ce jour vous avez la possibilité d'aider les personnes trans de tous les horizons afin de sensibiliser, d'encourager le dialogue, afin de célébrer la vie des personnes trans et faire le deuil de nos êtres aimés et perdus. Nous encourageons toutes les personnes intéressées à soutenir la vie des gens tout-trans à nous rejoindre dans une manifestation, un mars et une veillée.

Pour plus d'informations à jour sur le rallye et mars alors que nous approchons 20 Novembre, s'il vous plaît visitez http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160851957278283. Nous pouvons également être atteint à ottawatransdayofremembrance@gmail.com.

En solidarité,

Comité d'organisation de la Journée du Souvenir Trans d’Ottawa
Monday, June 16th, 2008
1:34 pm
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
5:58 pm
Great banning of '07
I hope the mods get to see this before it's too late... but LJ admins have gone completely off their rocker and are blanket deleting accounts with sexual content in their interests, many communities have already been suspended, even those with age limitations, disclaimers and even those for users to post their works of fiction! as a community that deals with youth, we are especially vulnerable to this mass banning

Can the mods PLEASE delete all the interests untill this is settled.

for more info, click here

x-posted everywhere

Current Mood: angry
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
12:09 pm
does anyone living in canada know if OHIP covers breast removal?
Saturday, February 24th, 2007
5:06 pm
This topic has come in my mind few times this past month or so, and I have been wondering about it. How many of actualy feel shame about being trans or use to feel so before?

Basing on the definition of http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/shame and past experiences of feelings of shames, I personally never felt shame before and after coming out about being trans, about being different and so on.

Sure I felt shame when I was younger about playing with my mothers clothes, hiding some of it for myself and such, but that was shame with the acts itself with others property especially one I care and love, not because I was different and trans.

Yes, I hated and got depressed about how I look, angry and pissed about certain aspects of my body I do not like, but that is a body image issue which everyone, trans and cis people, experiences at least once or twice in life, and usually doesn't involve the feelings of shame.

Before coming out and first couple years of coming out, yes I was afraid, went through some depressions, angry, and so on...but nothing I remember feeling relates to shame and times I do, had nothing to do with me being trans or different.

For those who deal feel shame before and not now in relation to being trans, why is that? Was it because of others forcing the belief that it is wrong that cause it?

Something that I am really curious, especially after being questioned and assumed that I done something because I am ashame of being trans and so on.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
2:06 pm
First meeting for the TRANS MARCH 2007 on Feb 15th
As it was said at the first Trans March this past November, we will have another one with the intentions to make it bigger, to attract transfolks from Ottawa and other cities to march down to Parliament and let them know that we exist, that we deserve to be treated equally and protected by the Charter of Human Rights like everyone else.

For this to happen, we will need to plan ahead and think big. As the first Trans March have shown along with Trans Day of Remembrance, there is an interest within our society to learn more and do what they can to help us out, let alone all the media attention we received. Along with the march, there is potential to organize a trans conference considering the interest I found among those in Toronto and Montreal to attend it if one should happen.

The first Trans March meeting will happen Thursday February 15th at Pink Triangle Services and two main things we will be discussing is when have the Trans March, and what we like to achieve and do with the march, along with the possibility of a conference and such.
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
9:21 am
December TYO?
will there be a TYO meeting this month? if so, when?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
10:22 am
Any good books?
Hey, I know this is kinda last minute, but I was wondering if anybody has or knows where to find any good books on biological studies/basis for transgenderism, intersexuality, and sexual orientation? I'm writing a paper on it, and the campus library has slim pickings. Paper's due Tuesday, so I can only do pick-up/retrieval during the weekend. Thanks!

Sorry for x-posting.
Monday, November 13th, 2006
1:40 pm
March for Trans Equality

Ottawa's First Annual


On the eve of the 2006 Trans Day of Remembrance,
all Trans People and Allies Are Invited to Walk Together
in Visible Solidarity, Struggle and Celebration

Date: Sunday November 19th, 2006
Time: 2:00pm
Gather at: Human Rights Monument (corner Elgin/Lisgar)
March To: Parliament Hill, Eternal Flame
Exact Route: To be announced

Bring your banners and your noisemaker of choice!
Bring your friends and bring your family!
Bring your energy, bring your outrage, bring your joy and bring your

Placard-making goodies will be provided!
Open megaphone after arrival at the Hill! Speak your piece!

(This event is media-positive)
1:38 pm
Trans Day of Remembrance 2006
The Trans Community of Ottawa would like to invite you to the Trans Day of Remembrance.

The Trans Day of Remembrance is held every year on November 20 in Ottawa and around the world to bring attention to Trans People, their lives and struggles for recognition and acceptance.

On Monday, November 20, this year's Trans Day of Remembrance will be observed first in a Candlelight Vigil at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin St at 7:00 pm.

The observance will then move inside City Hall to the Councillors' Lounge to warm up and mingle. The Mayor of Ottawa will proclaim the Day of Remembrance. Speakers will include Paul Dewar and Bill Siksay, MP's and Larry Hill, deputy chief of the Ottawa Police Service. There will be music by Mackenzie Macbride and an Open Mic. This event is open to all Trans People, Allies, family members and friends and is media-positive. The M.C. will be Jessica Freedman.

What: Trans Day of Remembrance, 2006

Date: November 20, 2006

Where: 1) Human Rights Monument, Elgin St.
2) Councillors' Lounge, Ottawa City Hall

When: 1) 7 pm
2) 7:30 pm

We hope to see you out there!
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
3:57 pm
quick question:
What does TYO do for the december meeting? is it still the 4th Wednesday (27th) or is it moved earlier in the month for those of us going out of town for the holidays?

(yes I realize I could just ask next week at the meeting, but I'm bored at work and.... well, I'm bored :P )

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
1:13 pm
Next TYO meeting is this Wednesday Oct 25th
The next TYO meeting is this Wednesday Oct 25th at the usual location of PTS and the usual time of 7pm. We may be getting some new members attending as well who haven't joined the list yet.

Friday, October 20th, 2006
12:13 am
(Please let me know if this post is offensive or not allowed and I’ll delete it promptly.)

Hi everyone,

(For anyone who doesn’t know me, I’m an almost 17 year old out lesbian high school student from Sydney, Australia.)Well, this year I’m in my final year of school in Australia and I’m doing my Higher School Certificate (that’s, um, like the equivalent of the final college exams for you Americans and Brits) and one of my courses is 2 Unit Drama. For this I have to present a 6 – 8 minute Individual Performance and I wish to write a piece based on the life of a pre-op transgendered person (at the moment I’m thinking FtM but that may change) to try and challenge myself and raise awareness and acceptance. For this reason I’m asking anyone who is willing to talk to me about their experiences as a transgendered person (FtM, MtF, post-op, pre-op – it doesn’t matter, any help would be invaluable to me) to help me compose my piece. You can email me at silver_qwerty@hotmail.com. Also, any transgendered people in the Sydney, Australia region who are willing to meet up with me, especially FtM, would be absolutely fantastic. Thanks so much guys.

Love Liv xxx

X-posted to other GLBTQ communities across LiveJournal.
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
9:36 pm
Just a reminder that the next Trans Youth Ottawa meeting is coming up on
wednesday. There is even a give away of a large t-shirt from the Lesbian Gay
Bi Trans Youth line. Someone who comes will get to have it.

Date: Wednesday September 27th
Time: 7pm - 9 pm
Location: Pink Triangle Services 177 Nepean street 5th floor
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
9:33 pm
Ottawa TDOR organizers callout
It the time of year again. Calling out for volunteers and past volunteers to form the organizing committee of the Ottawa Trans Day of Remembrance 2006 happening November 20th.

Better to start organizing now than doing so in the last minute, especially when some decisions need to be made immedietally like deciding on the location and time on Nov 20th for the ceremory and other activities, along with possibly doing some fundraising.

Thinking of meeting next week, either on the weekend or on a weekday at either Second Cup on Elgin near the human rights monument, or one of the bridgeheads or at Pink Triangle Services or elsewhere.

If your interested, join the ottawatdor@yahoogroups.com email list and state your interest to help organize this years TDOR, especially if you would like to have a say on the what, where, when, who and how.

If you have any questions, can either post them at the list or contact me at melanie_ottawa@hotmail.com.

Saturday, August 26th, 2006
10:31 pm
Trans Youth Ottawa will have a banner in the Pride Parade this year. The parade will be gathering and start at Lebreton at Noon and we will be somewhere along it, we were not told yet what our spot is, but if you cannot find us check with the PTS float to find out or call me on my cell which I posted in the email list.

So yes, we need to show a presense so we can show the world we exist and how awesome we are. :)

Happy Pride!

9:47 am
Today Dyke March
The Third Annual Dyke March

Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 12 noon
Place: Human Rights Memorial (Elgin and Lisgar)
**Bring Bikes, Noisemakers, Drums, your friends, and
outfits of all sorts**

Dyke March Barbeque
Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Jack Purcell Park
Cost: By Donation
Come have a bite to eat with the community after
marching in the Dyke March.

Speed Encounters
Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 3:43 pm
Place: Jack Purcell Park
Cost: By Donation
How better to meet the community then to get to talk
to them One on One

Dyke March Variety Show
Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Jack Purcell Community Center Room 203
Cost: By Donation
Watch some of the best amature performers in town
perform, burleque, drag king, music, and poetry.

For More information about Dyke March visit our
website: http://www.annelies.ca/ottawadykemarch/
Or email us at:
Thursday, August 24th, 2006
12:07 pm
Pride Parade:
Anyone know of a trans group that would be ok with one extra marcher?

Current Mood: energetic
Monday, August 21st, 2006
3:41 pm
3rd Annual Dyke March
[Please Forward Widely]

The Third Annual Dyke March

The time has come for all Dykes, trans people ,
bi-womyn, queer women of colour, rural lesbians,
butches, femmes, bois, Sapphic goddesses, queer mamas,
S/M dykes, sporty lesbians, punk dykes, FTM's, women
who date women, bi-curious gals, label rejectors, gay
women, homosexual ladies, pan-sexual women, two
spirited women, and women willing to be recruited, to
get back on the streets.

Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 12 noon
Place: Human Rights Memorial (Elgin and Lisgar)
**Bring Bikes, Noisemakers, Drums, your friends, and
outfits of all sorts**
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