Monday 8 June 2015

Trans Inclusion: Resources to Inform Transition Houses, Women's and Children's Services

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The Vancouver-based Trans Alliance Society offers advocacy and resources and defines Trans this way:
Trans refers to anyone who has a gender identity; may it be the medical or psychological model, that is different than their birth sex, and/or expresses their gender in ways that contravene societal expectations of the range of possibilities for men and women. 
This may include people who self-identify as transgendered, intersex, Two Spirit, crossdressers, transsexuals, bi-gendered, pan-gendered, genderqueer, androgynous, third gender, female and male impersonators, and drag kings/queens, as well as people whose perceived gender or anatomic sex may conflict with their gender expression (such as masculine-appearing women and feminine-appearing men).
Qmunity is BC's Queer Resource Centre. It is another helpful organization which provides training, consulting, support and resources.

Here are two great publications from the US organization PFLAG for understanding and supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive people: Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families and Friends... and Guide to Being a Trans Ally.

You may also be interested in exploring this Power & Control Wheel for GLBT people.

The BCSTH Library has a variety of resources available for our members. (Email to borrow books)

1. Resources for Transition Houses & Women's Services

2. Resources for Child & Youth Services

  • Creating safe and supportive learning environments: a guide to working with LGBT and questioning
    youth, and families /
    [book] Borrow from BCSTH Library.
  • GLBTQ: The survival guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens [book] Kelly Huegel.  Borrow from BCSTH Library.
  • Queer : the ultimate LGBT guide for teens / [book] Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke. Borrow from BCSTH Library
  • Affirmations deck / [cards] For youth.
  • I think I might be transgender, now what do I do? A brochure by and for transgender youth / [online document] Advocates for Youth.

  • Transgender youth survivors / [online webinar]  For service providers on working transgender youth who have experienced sexual violence.
  • When Kathy is Keith / [book] for young children. Dr Wallace Wong's website. Borrow from BCSTH Library.
3. Deeper Reading for Everyone About Transgender People

Borrow from the BCSTH Library:
  • Trans/forming feminisms : trans/feminist voices speak out / edited by Krista Scott-Dixon. [Book] 2006 
  • Transgender history / Susan Stryker. [Book] 2008
  • Transpeople : repudiation, trauma, healing / Christopher Shelley. [Book] 2008
  • Whipping girl : a transexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity / Julia Serano. [Book] 2007

To borrow, please email us at 

Please visit the BCSTH Library to learn more about resources and information services developed especially for members of the BC Society of Transition Houses, and contact us for more information.

Deb & Tina, Co-Librarians
BC Society of Transition Houses
Vancouver, British Columbia