February 2022 Newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder for our next Zoom Meet-Up (Tuesday, March 1st, 7-8:30PM)

Come and hang out with your local peer support group in a confidential and non-judgmental online space. You are welcome to drop by at any time and share ideas and stories. Join us however feels comfortable and safe for you - camera and audio off is welcome. This is a recurring event on the first Tuesday of every month.

We welcome trans, non-binary, gender diverse and gender-questioning individuals. If this space is not for you, feel free to forward this invite to others.

If you are attending, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcofu-grD4rGNC80bgTowwvGrTIsPrFeFvO

Parents of Gender Creative or Trans Youth Support Circle

Annabelle is starting a support circle for parents/guardians of gender creative kids or trans youth in partnership with the Parent Support Services Society of BC. Meetings will be held online every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30PM starting March 3, 2022. E-mail cassandra.strain@parentssupportbc.ca to register, or go to https://bit.ly/3L0SfFI and fill out the form.

Tq Trans Month of Visibility

Thursday, March 31st is the International Day of Transgender Visibility. It was started in 2009 by transgender activist Rachel Crandall to celebrate trans people, their contributions to society, and to bring awareness to the worldwide discrimination that trans people face in their daily lives. We are turning this day into a whole month of awareness and activism. Our pins, stickers, and logo/pronoun buttons will be available for purchase at local businesses across qathet Regional District. We also have some exciting fundraisers in the works with a few businesses! All proceeds will go towards hosting special events and funding our Helping Hands Project which financially supports our community members who are in need of assistance.

OTHER EVENTS

Sunday, March 6, 7:00PM

Dawn, Her Dad, & the Tractor - playing at the Patricia Theatre

Powell River Film Festival | March 4 – 13, 2022 (prfilmfestival.ca)

Trailer: Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor - Trailer - YouTube

We will be hosting a panel discussion following the movie. We will have our pins, buttons, and stickers for sale by donation. Please note that all attendees must be 18+ due to province wide film festival regulations. All attendees must also have a film festival membership that can be purchased online along with tickets.

Thursday, March 31st

We will be holding an event on the evening of March 31st; for more details, email info@transqathet.ca or stay tuned on our social media.

LINKS & ARTICLES

Trans Rights BC

This website contains written and video resources on the top 11 rights-based issues most commonly faced by trans and gender-diverse people: Public Spaces/Services, Education, Housing, Employment, Healthcare, Harassment & Violence, Parenting, Police & Prison System, Immigration & Refugee Issues, Sex Work. https://www.transrightsbc.ca/

“Inaccessibility of Gender Designation for Youth,” Zeke Chambers

As of January 10th, two-spirit, transgender, and gender diverse people age 12+ in BC are able to change gender designation on their identification without the confirmation of a physician or psychologist. However, people under the age of 19 will need to provide proof of parent and/or guardian support. Trans qathet team member Zeke Chambers has written an article in response to this, arguing that this requirement makes the change of gender designation process inaccessible for many trans and gender diverse youth. https://www.transqathet.ca/writings

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