Trans and Non-Binary Communities

Social Transition

Speaking to a Healthcare Provider

It’s okay to have questions around your social transition. Speaking to your Primary Care Provider and/or Mental Health Provider is a good place to start seeking support. You may be seeking support to access gender-specific medical services or information, or mental health support.

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Gender Affirming Gear

If you choose to wear Gender Affirming Gear there are some health considerations to think about because being safe while being comfortable is important! Gender affirming gear can be expensive, so if finances are a barrier for you there may be local organizations that provide programs and support. Contact your local Pride Centre for more information

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Guardians of Trans and Gender Diverse Youth

As a parent/guardian, it is important to support your child’s social transition as it decreases anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation.

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Legal Transition

Legal Markers

In this section, you will find more information about legal name and gender markers in Alberta and resources on changing your IDs.

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Guardians of Trans and Gender Diverse Youth

All parents/legal guardians of a minor must consent to a legal name or gender marker change and do the paperwork on their behalf.

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Chest Binding

What is binding

Binding involves wearing tight garments to flatten out your chest. It’s a do-it-yourself option for changing your appearance so that it matches your gender expression. You may bind to feel more at ease in your body, feel more comfortable in your clothing or help others read your gender correctly.

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Commonly Used Binding Methods

This section outlines some of the most commonly used ways of binding, including layering of shirts, sports bras, athletic compression shirts, back support devices, and chest binders!

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Binding Effects and Safe Binding

Here, we will explore some of the health impacts that binding for a long period of time may have, as well as some tips for safe binding.

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Binding Resources

In this section you will find some resources that are specific towards binding and can provide you with more information and support.

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Alternatives to Binding

While many people feel that binding, at least sometimes, is necessary for their sense of wellbeing, some may prefer a balance between binding and alternatives, or relying more heavily on alternatives. Some common alternatives to binding are included in this section.

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Feminizing Hormones

Consent

Your Primary Care Provider will want to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the medication, anticipated changes, irreversible changes, risks & benefits and fertility preservation options. You will be required to provide informed consent and review consent documents with your provider. 

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Hormone Effects

Hormones affect everyone differently and the rate/degree in which your body changes will vary. It is important to note that some changes caused by hormone therapy are irreversible, while others may be reversible over time.

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Starting Doses and Costs

There are many different estrogen options available, your Primary Care Provider will discuss these options with you to determine which is the best fit. As with all medications, it is important to follow the prescribed dosing and administration schedule. It is also important to note that the starting doses of hormones will vary from one individual to the next based on health history, bloodwork results and desire for physical changes. The options are outlined in this section.

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Hormone Therapy Monitoring

Bloodwork will be required more frequently during the first year of therapy than it will be afterwards. It is very important to complete routine bloodwork to ensure the selected therapies are safe as well as effective for you.

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Feminizing Hormone Considerations

Hormones will impact you in many ways, this section will explore considerations for contraception, surgery, and for non-binary individuals.

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Masculinizing Hormones

Consent

Your Primary Care Provider will want to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the medication, anticipated changes, irreversible changes, risks & benefits and fertility preservation options. You will be required to provide informed consent and review consent documents with your provider. 

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Hormone Effects

Hormones affect every individual differently and the rate/degree in which your body changes will vary. It is important to note that some changes caused by hormone therapy are irreversible, while others may be reversible over time. Although hormones can lead to many desired changes and outcomes, there are some gender-affirming features that are not obtainable through hormone therapy.

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Starting Doses and Costs

There are 4 different testosterone ("T") options available currently. They vary in cost, dose, and route of application. Your Primary Care Provider will discuss these different options with you to determine which option is the best fit. As with all medications, it is important to follow the prescribed dosing and administration schedule.

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Hormone Therapy Monitoring

Bloodwork will be required more frequently during the first year of therapy than it will be afterwards. It is very important to complete routine blood work to ensure the selected therapies are safe as well as effective for you.

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Masculinizing Hormone Considerations

Hormones will impact you in many ways, this section will explore considerations for contraception, surgery, and for non-binary individuals.

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Fitness and Gym Access

Information and Recommendations for Community Members

Are you interested in learning what you can do to make your gym a better place? Do you want to start going to a gym but feel intimidated or have had pretty negative experiences in the past? This guide can help!

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Self Assessment Tool

This tool provides you with a checklist of things to look for when considering if a fitness space is accessible for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, including those who might face additional access barriers.

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