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Supporting Trans and Queer Muslims as Service Providers

This infographics summarizes the key points of 3 articles on supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ Muslims authored by Rahim Thawer and published in Medium in 2022 & 2023. It is created by Seyhan Kogukoglu from Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre in collaboration with the OCASI-PSI team. While it is meant to complement the 2SLGBTQIA+ Muslims and Mental Health webinar by Rahim Thawer, it can be used as a stand alone resource as well. The infographics includes publicly accessible articles and videos on 2SLGBTQIA+ Muslims. 

Pride & Poverty: 2SLGBTQA+ Peoples' Stories of Accessing Social Assistance in Toronto

Research shows that 2SLGBTQA+ people experience greater economic inequities than their heterosexual and cisgender (non-trans) peers. Although poverty is widely understood to be a critically important determinant of health, few studies have investigated the relationships between poverty and health in 2SLGBTQA+ populations, or the possible social and structural relationships that sustain these inequities. This research project and the resulting community report & zine explore the factors that act as barriers and facilitators in accessing social assistance for 2SLGBTQA+ community members through an online survey, interviews and focus groups. You can check out the zine that summarizes the findings in a quick and accessible way or read the full report. 

Webinar Recording: How to address the current rise of Anti-2SLGBTQI+ hate?

This webinar was organized by From Borders to Belonging and took place on November 2nd, 2023. 

The webinar begins with a cross-country check in. Advocates will share what they are witnessing in their cities and its impacts. We see that the current wave of Anti-2SLGBTQI hate is well organized and well funded. Similar strategies are being deployed in Canada and internationally. Locally, we see that newcomer communities are being targeted with misinformation. We raise the question of how to address the current rise of Anti-2SLGBTQI hate without further entrenching harmful xenophobic and colonial discourses of racialized communities as “backwards” and threats to a presumed progressive Canada.

Our panelists will then share strategies for organizations and invite discussion of how we can organize collaborations and coalitions that promote respect and safety and counter hate.

Webinar Recording: Supporting LGBTQI Newcomers with Ethics and Care

When LGBTQI newcomers arrive in Canadian cities they encounter an often confusing range of social attitudes, from open celebration and expectations to be out, loud and proud through intolerance, discrimination and threat.Their efforts to rebuild lives--find housing, search for jobs and meaningful work, form new relationships and belong, are complicated by the combined and intersecting impacts of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.

How can we support LGBTQI newcomers to navigate this complex terrain?

This webinar, organized by From Borders to Belonging, presents examples of some common struggles LGBTQI newcomers face, and explores them through the lens of ethical care. We underline the importance of upholding ethical commitments to respect self-determination, protect the right to confidentiality and privacy, and to offer competent care.

Webinar Recording: Challenging conversion practices

In this webinar, guest speakers from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) examine the conversion practices and their impacts on immigrant queer and trans youth in Canada and discuss how it extends globally through an intersectional lens. The speakers review the Bill C-4, the new federal bill on conversion practices and the offences under this new bill. They unpack the limitations and the gaps of Bill C-4, particularly on how it impacts racialized and immigrant queer and trans youth. 

2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusivity in Perinatal Care: Lived Experience Perspective

This video belongs to a two-part multimedia series entitled Providing Inclusive, Affirming and Safer Perinatal Care to 2SLGBTQIA+ Individuals. The multimedia resources complement the tip sheet that was released by PCMCH in March 2023. This video features the perspectives of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals (birthing and non-birthing parents) who accessed healthcare services in Ontario during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum—sharing insight on their lived experiences. Individual perinatal healthcare providers, teams and organizations can use these resources to reflect on and take actionable steps towards improving the quality and cultural safety of the care they provide, with the goal of better understanding and meeting the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ parents and families throughout pregnancy, birthing and postpartum.