WHO ARE WE?

TransCare+ is a community-based organization run by and for queer and gender diverse folx. We strive to centre holistic, community-focused, and anti-colonial understandings of care and wellness in a way that is accessible to queer and gender diverse folx of various lived experiences. To do so, we work with queer and gender diverse communities to identify, develop, and provide services and resources that meet the care needs of queer and gender diverse folx across so-called Canada. TransCare+ operates as a knowledge hub, educational platform/service provider, and care collective.

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Our Mission

The mission of TransCare+ is to increase knowledge about, access to, and engagement with queer and gender diverse care needs and is further directed at increasing the capacity of queer and gender diverse people both in terms of self-governance and access to knowledge. With community we aim to redefine, re-imagine, and relocate what care is, what it looks like, where it shows up, and who participates, or can participate, in it. 

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OURVISION

At TransCare+, our vision is for queer and gender diverse folx to have access to information, support, and care that is gender affirming and culturally focused. We envision a holistic approach to and understanding of care that challenges individualized, paternalistic, capitalist, and colonial care frameworks and reimagines what care looks like for queer and gender diverse folx.

Our Values

TransCare+ was founded on the belief that queer and gender diverse folx are most knowledgeable about their own care needs and desires. Within this guiding principle are the following core values that underlie all aspects of how TransCare+ engages with and serves our communities.

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Anti-oppression & Intersectionality 

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Accountability

& Transparency

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Community Participation & Collaboration

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Advocacy

& Action

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Self-determination &

Self-governance

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Accessibility

& Inclusion

Our Goals

We Have Three Pillars

TransCare+ operates along three axes: knowledge creation and mobilization, caring connections, and service to the community. At these axes, we aim to mobilize transformative social change by centring community knowledge, fostering collective care based in solidarity, and working towards empowering queer and gender diverse folx to care for themselves and one another in a manner that is both gender-affirming and culturally focused. 

Knowledge Creation & Mobilization

We aim fulfill our commitment to uplifting community knowledge through:
 

  • Community-driven research

  • Arts-based knowledge translation (i.e., graphics, illustrations, video materials, etc.)

  • Sharing community-focused content, stories, and knowledge

  • Developing resources and workshops grounded in community knowledge

  • A virtual library filled with queer and gender diverse authors.

  • A blog dedicated to centering queer and gender diverse folx voices, experiences, and knowledge about topics related to care.

  • A monthly newsletter containing project updates, resources, art, and more.

Caring Connections

We foster collective care and community connection through:
 

  • Social and educational programming 

  • Special events

  • Resource bank and resource navigation

  • One-on-on peer support

  • Mutual Aid

Service to Community

We aim to empower and serve our communities through:
 

  • Competency and capacity building workshops

  • Educational resources

  • Advisory and consulting services

  • Solidarity work and advocacy campaigning 

TransCare+ Team

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Jacob Barry

Founder

Jacob Barry (he/they) identifies as a queer, transmasculine person and is Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Western University. They are currently working on a participatory action research project that explores the experiences of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks (TNBGNC) accessing and engaging with care in New Brunswick. The project aims to centre the mutual aid, solidarity work, and community-level care practices of TNBGNC folks. Jacob is passionate about building the capacity for community driven knowledge and firmly believes that gender diverse folks are most knowledgeable about their own care needs and desires. Jacob is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat peoples.

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Alessia Servin

Resource Assistant

Alessia (she/they) is a current gender, sexualities and women studies graduate student at the University of Western Ontario. As a first generation, disabled, queer, person of colour she aims to involve herself with research that emphasizes the importance of care for individuals who experience marginalization by just existing. TransCare+ has provided them with the opportunity to be able to work alongside fellow gender diverse folks in hopes that it can bring other's closer to the care they deserve. Alessia is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Lunaapeewak peoples.

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Miles Cooke

Advocacy Representative

Miles (they/them) is a trans non-binary, queer person completing their social work degree at McGill University. They are currently working as an Intervention Worker at Clinique L'Actuel in Montreal, Quebec, where they provide one on one support to trans and queer clients. Since beginning their degree at McGill, they have had the opportunity to be involved in multiple trans-led research projects looking at the ways trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks (TNBGNC) access care. They have experienced first-hand how poorly executed research, and transphobic clinical practices have and continue to cause harm to trans bodies. They hope to continually work to provide access to barrier-free, anti-oppressive, and trans-inclusive care and services. In the future, Miles hopes to become a Couples and Family Therapist for queer and trans folks, as they know how meaningful it is to work with a practitioner from your own community. Miles is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. 

 
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Library Lead

Syd Caskenette

Syd Caskenette (they/them) is an agender person who has recently completed their BSc in psychology & neuroscience from the University of Toronto. Their experience as a trans person in academia has informed their research interests, and their passion for advocating for trans self-determination. Throughout their time in school, they found that trans peoples’ voices were often dismissed or de-emphasized in discussions of our own identities and communities. Their previous research involved examining how psychiatry has historically pathologized gender nonconformity, and how this ties in the current-day treatment of gender nonconforming people in psychiatric and medical settings. They want to challenge cis-centric knowledge paradigms, and uplift the expertise of trans people and communities. Syd is a settler on the traditional and illegitimately settled land of the Mississaugas of the Credit Nation, Huron-Wendat Nation, and the Haudenosanee Confederacy. 

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Callie Whalen

Community Education Coordinator

Callie Whalen (she/her) is a transwoman who is currently completing her MA in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Western University. The main aim of her studies is to look at the way that trans* identity is formed, specifically how trans* folk construct their own sense of masculinity, femininity and/or androgyny. She is using autoethnography to explore how she has come to her own sense of transfemininity. Callie is very passionate about cultivating a community made for trans* individuals to create new ways of caring for one another in a safe space. Callie is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Lunaapeewak peoples.  

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Kryss Rampersad

Blog Editor

Kryss (he/him) has worked in the mental health field and has been surrounded by many trans* individuals with different lived experiences. He is a strong advocate for trans* people and encourages those who can do safely to live their most authentic lives. Kyrss is passionate about writing and excited to be apart of the TransCare+ team. Kyrss is located on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Credit First Nation. 

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Max Baum

Blog Editor

Max Baum (he/him) is a Jewish, disabled, gay trans man with limitless opinions and limited energy. He has a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies from Stony Brook University. He has a deep interest in the sociolinguistics of gender and ideology, and how language is used both as a means of systemic control and potent resistance. His experience with navigating medical, educational, and governmental/transnational bureaucracy from a unique crossroads of privilege and marginalization has only deepened his compassion for others within the margins. As a result, Max is extremely passionate about creating decentralized communities of intra-member care for marginalized trans folk. He channels most of his rage into writing and loving his husband and service dog. Max is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Wolastoqiyik and Wabanaki peoples.

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Marie Eve Brownell 

Blog Editor

Marie-Eve (she/her) is a queer disabled woman and graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, where she majored in psychology and philosophy, and also pursued Women and Gender Studies and Human Sexuality courses. She later obtained her certification to teach English as an Additional Language, and has been a volunteer offering free English tutoring for immigrant families and their children. As a disabled individual, she is passionate about ensuring that educational services are accessible to all marginalized communities, regardless of privilege. From a research perspective, Marie-Eve strongly believes in the importance of having the voices of queer individuals consistently included and amplified in research settings and during community outreach efforts. Her other hobbies include reading, writing, artwork, and spending time with her beloved senior dog. She is a settler on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Mi’kmaq people.

 
 

Get Involved

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What We Publish

Our blog, What’s The T*, aims to center and amplify the voices of queer and gender diverse folx. We publish any and all works written or produced by queer and gender diverse folx, including but not limited to: personal narratives, creative fiction, poetry, photography, digital media, opinion pieces, advice pieces, and more. Allies are welcome to write for us as well; however, queer and gender diverse folx will be prioritized.

 

If you would like to have your writing or art in the blog or have questions, please contact us. Alternatively, submissions are currently being accepted through this form

 

Honorarium for Authors and Artists

We offer an honorarium for queer and gender diverse writers and artists who publish on our platform. Please contact us for further details regarding the honorarium process.

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If you are interested in joining our team at TransCare+, please fill out this form. Alternatively, if the form is closed, please email us at . All volunteer positions are honorarium based.

 

Note: if you have an idea for a position that is not indicated below that you feel would suit you best, please indicate “other” in the position field on the recruitment form and explain what you had in mind in the question box below!

 

Social Media Engagement and Content Designer (2 position available)

Responsibilities include:

  • Strategizing ways to increase the organization's presence on social media and increase engagement.

  • Creating and organizing social media stories, takeovers, and reels to engage with community.

  • Creating and implementing the TransCare+ monthly newsletter with assistance from other members of the team.

  • Designing appealing and aesthetically-pleasing content on Canva for the TransCare+ IG platform.

  • Time Commitment: maximum 5 hours a month.

Fundraising 

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and organizing fundraising initiatives and programs. 

  • Raising awareness and generating support for the fundraising initiative by collaborating with other organizations and partners.

  • Engaging members and donors through different incentives such as giveaways and events.

  • Monitoring income donations and maintaining relationships with donors.

  • Time Commitment: maximum 5 hours a month.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we define care?

TransCare+ takes up care in the most expansive way possible. We recognize care as everything that we do to maintain, continue, and repair our 'world' so that we can live in it as well as possible. We understand care as the practices, rituals, and activities that people engage in to survive and/or thrive.

Though equitable access to gender-affirming and culturally focused healthcare is a priority of ours, we take a holistic approach to care that recognizes the importance of care both inside and outside of institutional spaces.

How do I get involved?

Who is TransCare+ for?

Our mission cannot be achieved alone, our team and broader community is constantly growing. We often post jobs, volunteer positions, research informant call-outs, and writer call-outs on our Get Involved and/or Research page. To keep up to date with all opportunities and call-outs, subscribe to our newsletter

 

Fun fact, at TransCare+ we believe in compensating folks for their time, energy, and labour. All opportunities are paid or honorarium-based.

TransCare+ is by and for queer and gender diverse folx. We are for folx of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. We are for queer folx, trans femmes, mascs, non-binary folx, genderqueer and gender outlaws, for Two Spirit peoples, for agender, gender fluid, and all the gender expansive folx in the vastness of gender diversity. We are for fat, Black, Indigenous, POC, disabled, neurodiverse, poor and working class queer and gender diverse folx. We are for sex workers, rural queers, substance users, and kink lovers. We are for all those queer and gender diverse folx past, present, and future, who want to create a better world for our communities.