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It's Pride Month!

To acknowledge and celebrate Pride, TBDHU is encouraging healthcare providers to participate in some professional development around health care equity for 2sLBGTQIA+ patients and clients.
We’d like to highlight a few resources and trainings:
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Gender Affirming Healthcare


Gender affirming healthcare can include many things, including medical and non-medical treatment, and research has shown that quality, evidence-based gender affirmation methods can help transgender and gender expansive youth find their true identity, reduce suicide ideation and attempts, and improve their self-worth. Many trans and non-binary Canadians don’t feel that they can approach their primary care provider to talk about gender-affirming healthcare for reasons including environments perceived as unsafe, experiences of discrimination, and lack of supports and awareness of supports which are amplified by intersecting identities. As well, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the continuum of care for many trans and non-binary people who experienced high levels of unmet general and mental health care needs during the pandemic. See data from Trans PULSE Canada.
Many health care providers feel unprepared to support trans and non-binary patients due to lack of support, guidance, and/or information. If you feel this way, please check out the following supportive resources:

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Disordered Eating in LGBTQ2s+ Populations


LGBTQ2s+ identified people experience unique stressors that may contribute to the development of an eating disorder. Eating disorders disproportionately impact some segments of the LGBTQ2s+ community. To find out more, read:


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HIV in Thunder Bay’s 2sgbtMSM Populations


Thunder Bay is still grappling with increased rates of HIV cases. One of the populations most at risk for HIV are Two Spirit, gay, bisexual, transgender, and men who have sex with men.

One major barrier to care is often stigma experienced at the point of care. In 2018, TBDHU found that stigma around an HIV diagnosis can negatively impact an individual’s willingness to be tested and seek treatment for the infection. This stigma often arises from a lack of knowledge of the disease as well as stigma towards those who are often impacted.

For more information on HIV in Thunder Bay and reporting obligations, visit TBDHU’s website.
Also, see CATIE’s HIV Basics.


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Resource Hubs for LGBTQ2s+ Inclusive Healthcare


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TBDHU and NWCHC’s Sexuality and Gender Equity Network (SAGE)

TBDHU will be launching an updated version of the Sexuality and Gender Equity Network (SAGE) later this year. To be on the mailing list for this networking and information-sharing group, sign up here! An email will go out to all when SAGE is up and running with more information.

In the meantime, check out TBDHU’s LGBTQ2s+ Resources webpage. Scroll down to find Resources for Professionals, which lists links to resources for healthcare professionals, social service providers, workplaces, and more.

If you have any questions about the SAGE Network, please email SAGE@TBDHU.com


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