Category: Awareness

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We commemorate National Pansexual Pride Day on December 8th and the efforts made by the pansexual and panromantic community to gain acceptance and understanding. When it comes to their romantic or sexual attraction to others, many pansexual persons now identify as “gender blind,” which is described as “not restricted in sexual choice with respect to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.”

Pansexuality has given the GSRD community and others the chance to challenge how we think about gender, sexuality, and romance. It also keeps the door open and welcome for everyone to explore their own identities.

How to Get Involved

Find a Local Event
To honor various members of the community, some school GSRD clubs or neighborhood pride organizations will host pride days or even a pride weekend. Find out if there are any Pan-Pride Day festivities in your region by contacting your neighborhood community center.

Educate Others
Helping to educate others about concepts like what the term “pansexuality” means and what it’s like to have this sort of identity is one of the simplest ways to commemorate this day. Online resource sharing, discussion about pansexuality with straight and queer acquaintances, and being receptive to inquiries are all recommended.

Highlight Pansexual Voices
Think about prioritizing their voices over your own if you’re not pan but still want to make your pan friends feel more welcomed. Giving someone a voice or a platform to speak about their lives and identities rather than speaking for them is what it means to “center” someone.

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Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible and sustainable societies and communities – most notably with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.

How to Get Involved

Join a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop
The best way to ignite meaningful conversation is to host a DEI Workshop or Training session. Anyone can be affected by a disability, so it is key to open up the dialog of the importance of accessibility to cultivate an inclusive culture.

Improve Accessibility & Inclusion
In your day-to-day life, do an audit of Accessibility and Inclusion. Are there wheelchair ramps and lifts at your workspace, does your local coffee shop have Braille Signage? Use your voice to advocate for spaces that are welcoming to all, it’s important to cater to individuals of all abilities and consider how spaces may impact a disabled person.

Donate to a Local Charity
There are several organizations across Canada that work alongside people with disability to provide tools, information, and care support. Find a local organization and see how you can give back whether that be a monetary or volunteer donation.

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Every year on December 1 is World AIDS Day. This is a chance for people all over the world to come together in the battle against HIV, to support those who are living with HIV, and to remember those who have passed away from an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day was the first international health day and was established in 1988.

World AIDS Day is significant because it serves as a reminder to the public and the government that HIV is still a serious problem that requires urgent funding, more awareness, the eradication of prejudice, and improved educational opportunities.

How to Get Involved

Wear a Red Ribbon
On World AIDS Day, we have the chance to stand in solidarity with the tens of millions of HIV-positive people around the world. Most people accomplish this by donning a red ribbon to raise awareness of HIV that day.

Get Tested
The only method to determine if you have HIV is to be tested. If you have HIV, getting treatment as soon as possible will allow you to enjoy a full, healthy, and productive life. HIV testing is accessible from NHS sexual health clinics for free and in a private setting. You can also speak with your general practitioner.

To generate money for the National AIDS Trust, you can order a complimentary pack of 100 red fabric ribbons. On this World AIDS Day, we also have a fundraising pack full of suggestions for organising a fundraiser for the National AIDS Trust.


Every year on November 20th, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is recognised internationally. This day was established to commemorate those who died because of prejudice or anti-transgender violence.  The founders and organizers or TDOR established these guiding principles:

  • “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” -Santayana
  • All who die due to anti-transgender violence are to be remembered.
  • It’s up to us to remember them, since their killers, law enforcement, and media often seek to erase their existence.
  • We can make a difference by being visible, speaking out, educating and organizing around anti-transgender violence.
  • Transgender lives are affirmed as valuable.

Ways to Honour TDOR?

  • Candlelight Vigils/Marches
  • Discussion forums with local activists, politicians, or school officials
  • Poetry or spoken word art readings
  • Visual representation of the number of deaths (for example with flowers)
  • Art/Photography Displays
  • Trans 101 trainings for staff or any interested people

The weeklong celebration recognised as Transgender Awareness Week, that runs from November 13 to November 19, aims to increase public awareness regarding transgender persons and address concerns that the community faces. During the week, transgender individuals and their allies take action by informing the public about transgender issues, sharing personal experiences, and promoting activism against the discrimination and violence that afflict the transgender community, transgender persons and their allies work to raise awareness of the community.

    This could be something verbal like a passing comment or something more something more extreme. Either way, call out the hatred and surround yourself with like-minded allies.
    Appearances are not everything, you cannot always tell how an individual would like to be identified (unless of course they are wearing a pronoun pin or lanyard). If you’re in a situation where you don’t know, just ask! Alternatively, I like using my pronouns in my introduction to someone new, so they know they are in a respected environment to share their preferences.
    This isn’t always a simple answer or switch for people. In some cases, an individual may flip between a selection of pronouns as they connect with them. This process takes time to even identify in oneself, so having allies to support through all steps of the journey is vital.
    I feel like this one could simply be summarized as: Mind Your Business! As mentioned above, you can’t always tell a person’s identity by appearance. Plus, if you ask ANYONE, they would all agree that the worst time to get stopped for a conversation is when you’re heading to the washroom.
    There are several ways you can take part in this! Find a local GSRD Panel to attend, find a new podcast, or find a new book. No one story will reflect every Trans or Gender Diverse experience, so open your heart and mind to learn about their experiences.
    People who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender varied don’t all look the same, and many may not be outwardly transgender or non-binary. You shouldn’t put pressure on someone you know to reveal their gender identity. Their body and it’s anomality is a right for all.
    You can never be too safe when it comes to an individual’s identity with others in their life. If a friend shares the latest in their gender and identity journey, it doesn’t mean they are sharing this information with everyone in their life. Ensure you are keeping respect of their privacy at the for front of your engagements with them and others.
    Now this isn’t an easy task to completely switch up your language but starting in small ways makes a big impact for others in ways you may not understand or know. A switch from “welcome ladies and gents” to “welcome folks” can be the difference in an inclusive experience.
    We have been trained to believe that this rigid gender binary is inherent, but there are many diverse gender identities and ways that people can express them. In order to be an ally, you must examine and relearn many of the gender stereotypes you may hold as fact, be receptive to new ideas, and be willing to accept gender diversity as a reality.
    I will again refer this one to: Mind Your Business! You and your body are your business, and the same goes for everyone else. It’s not your place to know or questions what any individual’s anatomy may be. Now this covers anything from an individual’s genitalia, surgical or treatment status, or their sex lives. Bottom line: if you wouldn’t ask a cisgender person, don’t ask a trans person either!

Rather than the usual Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, this day was originally established in 2009 to honour and celebrate transgender parents. Today, it is also common for parents of transgender children to engage. Small festivities and providing gifts to parents or carers are customary on this day.

For Parents with a Trans Child

    Get involved! Become interested in their pursuits. That should go without saying, but especially when it comes to actively supporting GSRD causes, gatherings, films, and festivals. Attend any rallies in support of GSRD rights or talk to those around you about how important they are. Speak up for and support the GSRD community.
    For young GSRD individuals, making friends, especially with other GSRD people, can be key. A fundamental sense of community and belonging is provided by having friends, and this promotes the development resilience and stronger mental health. Look into local GSRD youth activities, organisations, or initiatives.
    There is a tonne of GSRD-themed films and TV shows, all of which include varied GSRD plotlines. Not only is watching GSRD films a super-cute activity to do, but it can also be a terrific method to learn more about various experiences and get additional knowledge.
  • LOVE
    It seems obvious to end with this one, but it still deserves to be mentioned! Make sure your love for your child is always clear; let no one ever doubt your affection for them or their GSRD identify.

For Children with a Trans Parent

Well depending on your age, reader, if you are still a youth with a transgender parent(s), you may choose to seek out an alternative adult figure to help you execute a day of appreciation and celebration. While I don’t yet have children of my own, my parents always told me the moments that mean the most are the ones that come from the heart. Perhaps a fancy dinner or flowers in not feasible, write a poem or list 100 Reason or Memories that Make You Happy (this was a hit when I was still a young gift giver).


GSRD individuals encounter unique risks regarding breast cancer, yet we’re commonly overlooked from the conversations. Compared to cis men, trans women have a drastically higher risk of developing breast cancer, and trans men are also significantly susceptible.   Both the quantity and inclusivity of study data are lacking. However, screening queer people is just as crucial as screening cis people.

Making breast screening a priority might be intimidating. Perhaps your breasts don’t reflect who you are. Perhaps you worry that you might encounter homophobia or biphobia at the screening location. You might be concerned that having a mammogram will be unpleasant or painful. Or perhaps you simply don’t want to consider cancer. However, it’s crucial to get screened for breast cancer if you’re a woman over the age of 50. This allows for early detection, before any symptoms appear.

Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer Screening Questionnaire

Trans Woman

No one likes to think about breast cancer, but for many trans women and persons who identify within the transfeminine (MtF) spectrum, getting screened may trigger specific concerns. You may have even heard contradicting or changing information about your probability of developing breast cancer, the regularity of screenings, and if taking hormones or getting breast implants has any affect on your risk or screening.

  • Breast cancer risk increases after taking gender-affirming hormones (like estrogen) for more than five years. You should receive a mammogram (or other screening test) every two years if you’ve been taking hormones for more than five years and are between the ages of 50 and 69.
  • You don’t need to increase your routine screening frequency if you’re a trans woman who has never used gender-affirming hormones or if you’ve used hormones for less than five years.

(This is due to the fact that estrogen and similar hormones steadily elevate the risk of breast cancer with increasing breast exposure.)

Trans Man

Cancer in the chest, while none of us like to think about it, many trans men and individuals on the trans masculine (FtM) spectrum have unique concerns about getting screened for cancer. It’s crucial to get examined for chest cancer if you’re a trans male between the ages of 50 and 69.

  • Yes, even if you’ve undergone top surgery, as some chest tissue typically still exists
  • Yes, even if you have or currently are taking testosterone.

FAQ about breast and chest cancer screening from the GSRD community

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