Sept 1 | Webinar Recap: Supporting Trans Youth Wellbeing

Members of the trans community, as well as allies, believe that much of this discrimination can be prevented if more people in the cisgender community are educated about trans issues. Misconceptions, myths, and a lack of understanding either intentionally or unintentionally lead to discrimination…

The first step to acceptance is understanding, and with understanding comes critically reviewing your own personal perceptions of the issue(s), as well as related perspectives. Understanding does not always lead to acceptance, but it can pave the way for educated decisions that reduce hate and intolerance.

– Jay Jaxon Jonah, 2016

Download a copy of the webinar slides here!

Transgender youth experience significant barriers to wellbeing. On September 1, we were joined by Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC), and Jay Jonah, Master of Social Work student at York University and YouthREX Research Assistant, to discuss recent research that can support the removal of these barriers.

In this webinar, Dr. Saewyc provides an overview of key findings from the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey. Jay Jonah shares an overview of a YouthREX report on Trans Youth and the Right to Access Public Washrooms that includes practical recommendations for youth sector programs and organizations.


1. Webinar Slides
This is the slide deck for this webinar.

2. Being Safe, Being Me: Results Of The Canadian Trans Youth Health
The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national online survey conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities and community organizations. This national report is a first snapshot of survey results.

3. Trans Youth and the Right to Access Public Washrooms: A Critical Perspective on a Social Policy
This Research to Practice report defines, explores, and analyses some of the challenges, fears, anxieties and issues trans-identified youth experience, particularly with respect to safe access to public washrooms.

4. Understanding the Complexities: Providing Support to Trans Youth
A handout prepared by Jay Jaxon Jonah, author of Trans Youth and the Right to Access Public Washrooms: A Critical Perspective.

5. Human Sexuality is Complicated
This is a quick video intended to give a clear, yet basic explanation of human sexuality.

6. Which Way to the Restroom? Respecting the Rights of Transgender Youth in the School System: A North American Perspective
This article outlines the use of the restrooms, participation in sports and use of locker rooms, school dress codes, bullying and harassment of transgendered students, gender and sexual identity curriculum, and name/sex designation on school records.

7. Around the Rainbow: Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers Working with LGBTTQ Parents and their Children
The purpose of his toolkit is to aid educators and service providers in understanding and creating supports and strategies for LGBTQ families.

8. Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation
This report describes issues facing LGTTBQ youth in school contexts, presents concrete policy recommendations, and then offers recommendations for policy change at local and state levels related promoting inclusion, safety, and wellbeing.

Dr. Elizabeth M Saewyc, PhD, RN, PHN
Director the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC)
University of British Columbia

Dr. Saewyc’s research focuses on health issues of youth, particularly how stigma, violence, and trauma influence teens’ health, coping and risk behaviours, and what protective factors in relationships and environments can buffer this trauma for young people. For the past 19 years, she has conducted research with many different groups of vulnerable adolescents, including gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender adolescents, in several countries. Dr. Saewyc was the Principle Investigator of the Canada Trans Youth Health Survey.

Jay Jaxon Jonah, BA
York University MSW Student and YouthREX Research Assistant

Originally from New Brunswick, Jay graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is currently completing his Masters of Social Work degree at York University. Jay has openly identified as trans for 5 years and has actively worked to create awareness about the daily struggles of trans identified since 2012.

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