Welcome to the Trans Rights BC website. This project aims to disseminate human rights information that is accurate, accessible, and relevant to the safety and well-being of trans and gender-diverse individuals and their supportive allies across British Columbia.
We hope people empower themselves through this information everyone to advocate for their rights and the rights of those they support through increased knowledge and capacity.
Over the last few years, the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre (CWHWC) and the VCH Transgender Health Information Program (THiP) have experienced an increase in the number of community members and service providers requesting support and information about trans health and wellness. This could be a result of increased attention to trans stories in the mainstream media, which has raised awareness of the existence of trans identities and made it more comfortable to reach out for support. It may also be a result of recent positive momentum in areas related to LGBTQ rights. We can only speculate. Regardless, more than ever before the timing is excellent for building the capacity of British Columbia to better serve trans and gender-diverse individuals and their allied support networks.
What is the TransRightBC project?
The Trans Rights BC project has reviewed trans-specific legal education resources that already exist and lawyers involved with the project have referenced and reviewed human rights legislation for the province of British Columbia, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and other relevant policy and statues of relevance. Our team has developed content and accessible resources that reflect common concerns and align with current legislation.
This website includes:
- Written and video resources on the top 11 rights-based issues most commonly faced by trans and gender-diverse people.
- An user-friendly online training module for service providers to help them support and advocate for trans and gender-diverse clients.
- Workshop offerings available to introduce the content. Contact us if you are interested in a workshop.
Who are we?
CWHWC and the THiP are organizations that are devoted to supporting the health and wellness needs of trans and gender-diverse people and communities – and are heavily utilized. The staff at both organizations have strong representation from trans and gender-diverse people who have broad reaching networks and affiliations throughout trans and gender-diverse communities. We believe that it is vital that trans people are empowered to lead the movement for gender justice in order to ensure that the outcomes of the movement are truly reflective of our needs. The CWHWC has a team of lawyers who are either trans or have years of experience advocating for trans people. barbara findlay, in particular, is a widely known lawyer and advocate for queer and trans people. She has been practicing law since 1977 and was designated as Queen’s Counsel in 2001. The knowledge, skills, and experience she brings to this project around community-based social change will be enormously beneficial.
Trans and gender-diverse individuals may face several barriers to accessing important legal and human rights information. It is important to have information that people need available online and in formats that are meaningful to people.
The TransRights BC project is a collaborative community project. We’d like to thank and acknowledge all who contributed to this initiative for their time, energy, and skills.
Content Development Lead
Katrina Elisse Caudle
Content Development Review
Web Design & Development
Graphic Design and Layout
Workshop Development & Facilitation
Video Development Lead
Education Module Development Lead
Education Module Tech Support
Education Module Actors