Sept 1 | Webinar: 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

Sept 1, 2016 | 12:00am – 1:00pm EST

Transgender youth experience significant barriers to wellbeing. Join 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 will provide an overview of key findings from the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey. Jay Jonah will share 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.

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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