Today on the blog, we’re looking back to August 10, when almost 400 members and allies of Montreal’s trans* community took to the streets to demonstrate our strength as a community and call upon the Quebec government to follow through on its commitments towards respecting trans* rights. This powerful event was organized by the collectif Participes, a recently-formed group of dedicated, creative, and inspiring trans* youth!
Last year, the government passed a law promising to alleviate the discriminatory barriers faced by trans* people who want to legally register their gender. Almost a year later, all clauses of this law have been put into action except the ones dealing with trans* rights. Meanwhile, social and institutional discrimination against trans* people – from barriers to accessing hormone therapy to ongoing violence – remain widespread. This article provides a more detailed overview of the many reasons we all gathered to march last month.
Here at Head & Hands, we were thrilled to participate in this historic action as part of our ongoing work to support trans* rights. Did you know that our medical clinic runs Montreal’s only trans* health program for youth that uses an intake process based on informed consent, trusting each individual as the expert on their own experience rather than requiring a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to access hormone therapy? We also provide extensive free counseling to trans* youth and their families, and incorporate trans*-positivity into our sexual health education workshops through the Sense project!
Also! Did you know that Head & Hands’ health services receive no government funding?? We rely on individual and community support to keep these services going, and we’re mobilizing this month to gather donations as part of our Ca Marche campaign! If you’d like to join us and dance 7km through downtown Montreal on September 27th, follow THIS link. And of course, you can sponsor us directly by following THIS one!
Finally, some more rad pics from the day of the march…!