(Sherbrooke) We hear very little talk, but things are changing. In the media and on social networks, the plight of transgender people – those who do not identify with the gender they had at birth – occupy more and more space. The Tribune was interested in their history, the barriers they face, but also the measures implemented in the field of education to support.
If the measures are increasing in the higher education institutions to support transgender youth, the subject still seems little touched the side of the boards. Some also bemoan the lack of awareness in the field of health.
The Montreal school board (CSDM) recently adopted guidelines for transgender students.
Among them, the presence of spaces that give students the choice to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, for example.
“When you’re in a location other than home, it is necessary you to feel protected because you are at risk of intimidation. It ensures the young he has the same rights as everyone else, “says Stéphanie Roy, intervener in prevention, education and health promotion at Iris Estrie, including within the Chameleon project. This project is especially aimed at transgender people, transvestites and transsexuals. “I get people in crisis, and also parents in crisis. The mother has just lost her daughter or her son. They are grieving, “she illustrates deal with situations encountered.
The School Board of the Region de Sherbrooke (CSRS) said not having taken any steps in this direction and “does not intend to take either.” “We do not live that kind of situation,” says one to the CSRS.
At the Summit of the School Board (CSS), it is mentioned that no student has said transgender or has asked for support, at least to the knowledge of the organization. CSS stresses that holds awareness activities with the GREY-Estrie (an organization that wants to promote a better understanding of the realities of sexual minorities) in its schools and it can count on the collaboration of this organization needed . “What’s done is more openness to difference and respect for others”, says do we at the Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons (CSHC).
In a conference in Montreal, Stéphanie Roy says he heard horror stories of young people who had to change schools many times. She also remembers having accompanied it a few years ago, a student of a school in the CSRS who confessed publicly that kind did not correspond to his real identity. “It had been very well. Everyone was open. ”
It seems that awareness must be increased in the field of health, as well as training.
One day he consulted a clinic, Gabriel (the student we spoke Saturday and we changed the name to protect his identity) has asked the secretary to call him by his male name … and not by name female who was on his identity card, which corresponded to a kind of origin. The secretary ignored completely.
This is not the only example. Why medical personnel he persists in asking questions as if he were still a woman? Gabriel is not the only one to raise the unease with the lack of attention to some world of health stakeholders. Stories like this have been reported more than once to Stéphanie Roy. “In health care, it’s difficult, because we do not know that’s less open to that,” she believes, indicating that some doctors tactless towards transgender people.
It maintains that certain circles refuse to treat transgender individuals, “so-called because they are abnormal.” She however said to have no knowledge of particular complaint or case in the Eastern Townships. In his view, the need for training is great, especially among psychologists or social workers alongside them.
1500 times greater risk of being killed
According Help Trans Quebec, 8.3 per cent of trans women in the US are at risk of being killed while the normal rate is 0.005%. This is 1500 times higher.
“The trans women worldwide, particularly trans women racialized, are currently victims of a terrible epidemic of murders,” said Dominique Dubuc, biology professor at Cégep de Sherbrooke and a member of the National Table struggle against homophobia transphobia and networks of education.
Bruce Springsteen and the Cirque du Soleil recently canceling concerts planned in North Carolina to denounce a recently enacted in the state and deemed discriminatory against transgender law. The new law requires the use of public toilets corresponding gender identity at birth.
There is still fighting in the country. “In Canada, there are no hate crimes related to being trans then it exists for homosexuality, racism and religion. In fact gender identity is found neither in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Quebec charter, “notes Ms. Dubuc.
According Help Trans Québec, 1 percent of the population feels discomfort of some vis-à-vis gender orders. Generally, one in 4000 will be used for medical treatment face this kind of discomfort and one in 6000 will transition to live completely in the genre of their choice.
Difficult to know how many transgender people attending Cégep de Sherbrooke, but the professor has around ten. “It’s just about me. And there are those who are in the closet, “she slips.