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Gender and identity: Support and resourcesGGender and identity: Support and resourcesGender and identity: Support and resourcesEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-06-21T04:00:00ZFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A list of resources for young people who may be questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.</p><p>There are many resources available to help you if you are questioning you gender identity or sexual orientation. Here are just a few.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>These online resources may help you if you are questioning you gender identity or sexual orientation.</li></ul>

 

 

 

 

Gender and identity: Support and resources3964.00000000000Gender and identity: Support and resourcesGender and identity: Support and resourcesGEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-06-21T04:00:00ZFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A list of resources for young people who may be questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.</p><p>There are many resources available to help you if you are questioning you gender identity or sexual orientation. Here are just a few.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>These online resources may help you if you are questioning you gender identity or sexual orientation.</li></ul><h2>International resources</h2><p> <strong>Trans Lifeline</strong> – <a href="http://www.translifeline.org/">www.translifeline.org</a><br>Phone (Canada): 877-330-6366<br> Phone (USA): 877-565-8860<br> Offers direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.</p><p> <strong>World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)</strong> – <a href="http://www.wpath.org/">www.wpath.org</a><br> Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Retrieved from <a href="https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Web%20Transfer/SOC/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf">https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Web%20Transfer/SOC/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf</a>.</p><p> <strong>International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)</strong> – <a href="http://www.ilga.org/">www.ilga.org</a><br> An international organization that campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights.</p><h2>Canadian resources</h2><p> <strong>PFLAG Canada</strong> – <a href="http://www.pflagcanada.ca/">www.pflagcanada.ca</a><br>A national organization that offers peer-to-peer support to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.</p><p> <strong>Kids Help Phone</strong> – <a href="http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/">www.kidshelpphone.ca</a><br>Phone: 1-800-668-6868<br> Offers support for children and youth all across Canada.</p><p> <strong>Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH)</strong> - <a href="http://www.cpath.ca/">www.cpath.ca</a><br>A professional organization that works to support the health, wellbeing, and dignity of trans and gender diverse people.</p><p> <strong>Egale</strong> – <a href="http://www.egale.ca/">www.egale.ca</a><br> Aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada and enhance the global response to LGBTQ2S+ issues.</p><p> <strong>The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity</strong> – <a href="http://www.ccgsd-ccdgs.org/">www.ccgsd-ccdgs.org</a><br>Aims to empower gender and sexually diverse communities through education, research, and advocacy.</p><p> <strong>Gender Creative Kids</strong> – <a href="http://www.gendercreativekids.com/">www.gendercreativekids.com</a><br> A community organization that supports trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth’s affirmation within their families, schools, and communities.</p><p> <strong>Gender Spectrum</strong> - <a href="http://www.genderspectrum.org/">www.genderspectrum.org</a><br>Works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.</p><p> <strong>Sex & U</strong> - <a href="http://www.sexandu.ca/">www.sexandu.ca</a><br>A website that answers sexual health, relationship and identity questions.</p><h3>Youth gender clinics in Canada</h3><p> <strong>The SickKids Transgender Youth Clinic (TYC)</strong> - <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinics/transgender-youth-clinic/">www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinics/transgender-youth-clinic/</a><br> Provides information, options and care to youth experiencing gender dysphoria, with an affirming approach to gender identity and care.</p><p> <strong>CHEO Gender Diversity Clinic</strong> - <a href="http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/clinics-services-programs/gender-diversity-clinic.aspx">www.cheo.on.ca/en/clinics-services-programs/gender-diversity-clinic.aspx</a><br> Supports children, youth and families at all stages of their journey with gender identity.</p><p> <strong>BC Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic</strong> - <a href="http://www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/clinics/gender">www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/clinics/gender</a><br> Provides treatment for transgender and gender-questioning youth.</p><p> <strong>Meraki Health Centre Gender Variance Program</strong> - <a href="https://centremeraki.com/programs/gender-variance-program/">www.centremeraki.com/programs/gender-variance-program/</a><br> Provides health care and support for youth with gender variance and their families.</p><p> <strong>IWK Health Centre</strong> - <a href="https://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/mental-health/youth/facing-sexuality">www.iwk.nshealth.ca/mental-health/youth/facing-sexuality</a><br> Phone: 1-855-922-1122<br>The Transgender Health Team at the IWK have a social worker and psychiatrist who can meet with you to discuss concerns about your gender identity.</p><p> <strong>Alberta Children's Hospital Metta Youth Gender Clinic</strong> - <a href="https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ach/ach.aspx">www.albertahealthservices.ca/ach/ach.aspx</a><br> Provides transgender and gender diverse youth targeted and comprehensive health care.</p><p> <strong>The Gender Program, University of Alberta Hospital</strong> - <a href="https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/Service.aspx?id=1080705&serviceAtFacilityID=1126454">www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/Service.aspx?id=1080705&serviceAtFacilityID=1126454</a><br> Helps persons across the age spectrum who feel that their assigned sex at birth is misaligned with their lived gender.</p><p> <strong>McMaster Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medicine Clinic</strong> - <a href="https://www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/mcmaster-childrens-hospital/areas-of-care/medicine/adolescent-medicine-clinic/">www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/mcmaster-childrens-hospital/areas-of-care/medicine/adolescent-medicine-clinic/</a><br> Provides family-centred care for children and teens aged 12 to 17 with a variety of health concerns.</p><p> <strong>London InterCommunity Health Centre Trans Health Program</strong> - <a href="https://lihc.on.ca/programs/transhealthcare/">www.lihc.on.ca/programs/transhealthcare/</a><br> Operates in collaboration with clients own personal medical providers to provide transgender health services.</p><h2>Provincial resources</h2><h3>British Columbia</h3><p> <strong>Trans Care BC</strong> - <a href="http://www.phsa.ca/transcarebc/child-youth">www.phsa.ca/transcarebc/child-youth</a><br> Supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province of British Columbia.</p><h3>Alberta</h3><p> <strong>Skipping Stone Foundation</strong> - <a href="http://www.skippingstone.ca/">www.skippingstone.ca</a><br> Connects trans and gender-diverse youth, adults, and families with comprehensive access to the support they need and deserve.</p><p> <strong>End of the Rainbow Foundation</strong> – <a href="http://www.endoftherainbow.ca/">www.endoftherainbow.ca</a><br>Aims to improve socio-economic conditions for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions by providing education, support programs, and research.</p><h3>Saskatchewan</h3><p> <strong>TransSask Support Services</strong> - <a href="http://www.transsask.ca/">www.transsask.ca</a><br>A non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ2S+ individuals, their families, friends and allies.</p><h3>Manitoba</h3><p> <strong>Community Health Transgender Health Klinic</strong> – <a href="http://www.klinic.mb.ca/health-care/transgender-health-klinic/">www.klinic.mb.ca/health-care/transgender-health-klinic/</a><br>Provides care to transgender individuals 16+ years of age seeking transitioning care living in Manitoba.</p><p> <strong>Rainbow Resource Centre</strong> – <a href="http://www.rainbowresourcecentre.org/">www.rainbowresourcecentre.org</a><br> Offers support to the LGBTQ2S+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming.</p><h3>Ontario</h3><p> <strong>LGBT YouthLine</strong> - <a href="http://www.youthline.ca/">www.youthline.ca</a><br>Phone: 1-800-268-9688<br>Text: 647-694-4275<br> An LGBTQ2S+ youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario.</p><p> <strong>Rainbow Health Ontario</strong> – <a href="http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/">www.rainbowhealthontario.ca</a><br>Aims to help improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ people.</p><p> <strong>Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS)</strong> – <a href="http://www.ctys.org/">www.ctys.org</a><br> A community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth.</p><p>Families in TRANSition: A Resource Guide for Families of Transgender Youth. <em>Central Toronto Youth Services</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://ctys.org/wp-content/uploads/Families-in-TRANSition.pdf">http://ctys.org/wp-content/uploads/Families-in-TRANSition.pdf</a>.</p><h3>Quebec</h3><p> <strong>Aide aux Trans du Québec</strong> – <a href="http://www.atq1980.org/">www.atq1980.org</a><br>Phone: 1-855-909-9038<br> Offers support on issues or questions relating to the trans-identity without judgement.</p><p> <strong>Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec [ASTT(e)Q]</strong> - <a href="http://www.astteq.org/index.html">www.astteq.org/index.html</a><br>Aims to promote the health and well-being of trans people through peer support and advocacy, education and outreach, and community empowerment and mobilization.</p><h3>Atlantic Canada</h3><p> <strong>Clinic 554</strong> - <a href="http://www.clinic554.ca/index.html">www.clinic554.ca/index.html</a><br> A family practice in Fredericton, New Brunswick, focusing on reproductive, transgender, LGBT/Queer, and HIV health care.</p><p> <strong>Halifax Sexual Health Centre</strong> – <a href="http://www.hshc.ca/transgender-health/">www.hshc.ca/transgender-health/</a><br>Provides safe access to sexual and reproductive health care and education.</p><p> <strong>Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP)</strong> – <a href="http://www.nsrap.ca/">www.nsrap.ca</a><br> An organization that seeks equity, justice, and human rights for LGBTQ2S+ people in Nova Scotia.</p><p> <strong>The Youth Project</strong> – <a href="http://www.youthproject.ns.ca/">www.youthproject.ns.ca</a><br>A non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth (25 years and under) around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.</p><p> <strong>Transgender Health Services PEI</strong> - <a href="http://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/transgender-health-services">www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/transgender-health-services</a><br> Provides information on transgender health care in Prince Edward Island.</p><h3>The territories</h3><p> <strong>Better to know</strong> – <a href="http://www.bettertoknow.yk.ca/en">www.bettertoknow.yk.ca/en</a><br>Phone: 1-800-739-7367<br> A Yukon-based website that answers sexual health, relationship and identity questions.</p><p> <strong>Queer Yukon Society</strong> – <a href="http://www.queeryukon.com/">www.queeryukon.com</a><br>Supports, promotes and organizes events for the LGBTQ2S+ community and allies in Whitehorse, Yukon.</p><p> <strong>Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife</strong> - <a href="http://www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/">www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org</a><br> An outreach organization based in Yellowknife that works to support LGBTQ2S+ youth in the Northwest Territories.</p><p> <strong>I Respect Myself</strong> - <a href="http://www.irespectmyself.ca/en">www.irespectmyself.ca/en</a><br> A Nunavut-based website that answers sexual health, relationship and identity questions.</p><h2>Changing your name or sex designation</h2><h3>Canada</h3><p> <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/change-name.html">Name changes – Passports</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/change-sex.html">Choose or update the gender identifier on your passport or travel document</a></p><h3>British Columbia</h3><p> <a href="https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/managing-your-msp-account/changing-your-name?keyword=change&keyword=gender">Changing/Correcting a Name, Birthdate, or Gender</a></p><h3>Alberta</h3><p> <a href="https://www.alberta.ca/legal-name-change.aspx">Apply for a legal change of name</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.alberta.ca/birth-record-sex-amendment.aspx">Sex indicator amendment on an Alberta birth record</a></p><h3>Saskatchewan</h3><p> <a href="https://www.ehealthsask.ca/residents/name-changes">Changing Your Name</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.ehealthsask.ca/residents/Pages/Sex-Designation.aspx">Change of Sex Designation</a></p><h3>Manitoba</h3><p> <a href="https://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/change_of_name.html">Legal Change of Name</a></p><p> <a href="https://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/change_of_sex_designation.html">Change of Sex Designation</a></p><h3>Ontario</h3><p> <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/change-name">How to change a first, middle or last name</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-gender-and-sex-information-government-ids-and-forms">Gender and sex information on government IDs and forms</a></p><h3>Quebec</h3><p> <a href="http://etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca/en/change-name.html">Change of name</a></p><p> <a href="http://www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca/en/change-sexe.html">Change of sex designation</a></p><h3>New Brunswick</h3><p> <a href="https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.17476.Change_of_Name.html">Change of Name</a></p><p> <a href="https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.201445.Change_of_Sex_Designation.html#:~:text=If%20you%20are%2016%20years%2con%20their%20child%27s%20birth%20certificate">Change of Sex Designation</a></p><h3>Nova Scotia</h3><p> <a href="https://beta.novascotia.ca/change-your-name-or-name-your-spouse-or-child">Change your name or the name of your spouse or child</a></p><p> <a href="https://beta.novascotia.ca/change-your-sex-indicator-if-youre-16-or-older">Change your sex indicator if you’re 16 or older</a></p><h3>PEI</h3><p> <a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/justice-and-public-safety/change-your-name-legally">Change your Name Legally</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/justice-and-public-safety/change-gender-designation">Change of Gender Designation</a></p><h3>Newfoundland and Labrador</h3><p> <a href="https://www.gov.nl.ca/dgsnl/birth/legal-name-change/">Legal Name Change</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.gov.nl.ca/dgsnl/birth/changing-your-sex-designation/">Changing Your Sex Designation</a></p><h3>Yukon</h3><p> <a href="https://yukon.ca/en/name-change#types-of-name-changes">Change your given name or last name</a></p><p> <a href="https://yukon.ca/en/births-marriages-and-deaths/births/change-sex-birth-registration">Change sex on a birth registration</a></p><h3>Northwest Territories</h3><p> <a href="http://justicetrans.org/regional-information/nwt/name-change/#:~:text=In%20the%20Northwest%20Territories%2c%20the%2cand%20changing%20their%20name%20legally">Name Change – Northwest Territories</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/changing-your-sex-designation#:~:text=Complete%20the%20Change%20of%20Sex%2cNWT%20birth%20certificate%20%28$22%29">Changing Your Sex Designation</a></p><h3>Nunavut</h3><p> <a href="https://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/files/NHCP-%20Application%20for%20Change%20of%20Information%20-%20GREEN.pdf">Request for Name Change</a></p>