Whether you’re a trans person looking for support during this difficult time or looking to act in allyship to support the trans people in your life, we’ve got something to help.
1. Check-in with the Trans people in your life to see if they need any help you may be able to provide. During the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, trans people are at a greater risk. Less than 50% of transgender people in Canada are employed full-time.
2. Learn about pronouns and how to use them.
3. Shift your everyday language to become more inclusive.
4. Search for informative personal narratives to learn more about the experiences of trans people.
5. Seek out and support trans lead organizations and businesses! Like Trans PULSE Canada who just released the first Trans PULSE Canada National Report, highlighting health and access to health care among trans & non-binary people nationally, and across provinces/territories. Or like our personal favourite clothing brand, Toni Marlow!
6. Continue to practice and hone your allyship skills to stand in solidarity with the trans community.
7. Take some time to educate yourself on the components of human identity.
8. Consider requesting all-gender bathrooms or hanging up inclusive bathroom posters in your place of work.
9. Share or participate in one of our surveys to help improve the collection of data on trans experiences and LGBTQI2S experiences more broadly.
10. Learn from and share these resources with your network of peers!
Related to COVID-19
- Stuck in Quarantine with your homophobic and transphobic family?
- LGBTQI2S Mental Health Tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Navigating COVID-19 and chest binding — 8 tips to look after your respiratory health for trans and non-binary people who bind their chest – Jack Metcalfe and Amelia Arnold
- Sex work and COVID-19
- Trans Lifeline – a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive