New online guide to offer information, resources, to transgender community.
Just in time for this year’s Pride, Capital Health has launched a new online guide for transgender individuals. Though it seems the timing is just a coincidence.
“It’s coming out now because we finally had the resources to get it together,” says Cybelle Rieber, prideHealth coordinator.
The project is part of Capital Health’s prideHealth network, which offers health care services and information online for GLBTQ people. The new “Trans* Health Guide” offers similar features, but specifically geared towards those who identify as transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming or genderqueer.
The online guide lists information on assessments, hormone therapies, community resources and offers a place to connect with transsexual youth. Details are also provided on the medical and legal framework of transitioning.
“It’s created for people wanting to explore transitioning and wanting to understand pathways to care,” says Rieber. “Before this Trans Guide, you often had to seek out this information, and often that was based on luck. This puts the power in the people’s hands.”
While it launched alongside Pride, on July 18, the Trans Guide also comes a little over a month after the province announced it would start funding sex reassignment surgeries.
“It all kind of fell into place that way,” says Rieber, who says the province's news meant the nearly finished guide needed to be updated before publishing. “We had no idea there was an announcement coming. Literally, we had to scramble to come up with something.”
Nova Scotia is now one of eight provinces to fund gender reassignment surgeries, the costs of which can quickly run into the tens of thousands.
Rieber says there are still a lot of misunderstandings about what it means to be transgender. As such, while the site is designed to help those with questions about their identity, she’s also hoping the new online guide will educate everyone about this often marginalized group of Nova Scotians.
“You don’t have to be transgender to browse or read it,” she says.
Capital Health’s full Trans* Guide can be viewed online, at www.pridehealth.ca.