“Make transphobia unthinkable”: Six ways social purpose organizations can fight anti-trans hatred

Anti-trans hatred appears to be on the rise in Canada, especially within far-right political movements.

Why It Matters

Trans and nonbinary Canadians are among the most vulnerable clients a social purpose organization may serve. If organizations aren’t capable of showing explicit support for trans people, those clients won’t feel safe reaching out to network or ask for services.

Canada is no safe haven for trans and non-binary people who simply want to live their lives openly and without fear, but the non-profit and charitable sector rarely discusses how to end anti-trans hatred — both in the sector and in communities.

Every Canadian province and territory now has human rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. However, trans Canadians, according to Statistics Canada, are more likely than cisgender Canadians to experience street harassment, be the victims of violence, or receive unwanted comments about their appearance at work. Other research points to a much higher poverty and homelessness rate compared to cisgender Canadians, as well as poorer mental health, higher drug use, and a much higher risk of suicide.

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