GEGI Step 3

TALK TO SOMEONE

Self-advocacy doesn't have to be a one-person mission. Let's assemble your dream team!

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WHY IS IT GOOD TO HAVE SOME HELP?

When you self-advocate for your human rights, it can be helpful to have an adult who can support you.

An adult on your team might know more about how schools and school boards work, including how to do things like make a complaint about a human rights issue. An adult might also be able to listen and help you figure out what you need, as well as how you can explain that to someone like your school principal or vice-principal.

You can absolutely self-advocate on your own, or with the support of people who aren’t adults. Gegi also wants to help you have the best chance at success, and we think having at least one supportive adult on your team is a good plan.

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WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY TEAM?

You've already learned a lot about what you experiencing in Step 1 and Step 2, and it's time to share that.

Once you have figured out who you would like to talk to, bring your team member these things:

  1. what you have learned about gender expression and gender identity discrimination on Gegi.ca;
  2. a clear story of what has been happening to you;
  3. and your school board policies and/or Gegi’s tip sheets (from your school board page in Step 2).

Legal Definitions (Step 1)

Your Story

School Policies (Step 2)

WHERE CAN I FIND MY TEAM?

Let's assemble your team! Where should you start?

START WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW

The best adult to support you while you self-advocate is someone you already know.

We hope that you have a supportive adult in your family, like a parent or guardian, but we know that isn’t true for everyone. If it isn’t your parent or guardian, it might be a teacher, counsellor or other staff member at school. Or, it might be a principal or vice-principal who you know and trust.

If you’ve tried talking to an adult you already know and it hasn’t worked, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can contact a person at your school board whose job is supporting people in your situation.

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Your parent or guardian

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Teacher or staff member

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Principal or vice-principal

SCHOOL BOARD PERSON

You can contact this person if you don't have an adult at home or at school who you'd like to have on your team.

Get contact info by searching for your school board.

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LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

People and places in your school board's local area

If you’ve tried someone you know, or contacting your school board person, or if you just don’t like those options, check in with a local organization and share what you have learned on Gegi.ca. People there might have experiences like yours, or know people who do. They also might have a space where you can experience the opposite of what you’re going through at school.

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FOR YOUTH

Young & Proud (youth group through AIDS Committee of Windsor)

Trans Youth Mentorship Program (TYMP)

St. James the Apostle

Rainbow Youth Coalition

Open Doors at the Boys and Girls Club of Durham

LGBTQ+ Youth Group – Windsor, Leamington, Chatham

12-14

Kingston Youth Pride

19 and under

FUSE Youth Group

Gender Journey Youth

Brockville Public Library – LGBTQ & Allied Youth Drop-In

Brant Youth Pride Committee

AIDS Durham

13-24

YAAHA! – Youth Link

21 and under

The Triangle Program – Oasis Alternative Secondary School

29 and under

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) – Sherbourne Health Centre

13-21

Stars @ The Studio – Deslile Youth Services

30 and under

Queer Youth Arts Program – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

14-29

Queer Asian Youth – Asian Community AIDS Services

FOR EVERYONE

Transgender Niagara (TGN)

Transparent Hamilton-Niagara

W.E. Trans Support

Windsor Pride

Trent Queer Collective

West Nipissing Pride

Winnipeg Transgender Support Group

Transceptance – (Drop-in, parent-run, peer-support group for parents of trans children)

Trans* London (Ontario)

Trans Partner Network – Sherbourne Health Centre (8-week social education series)

Trans Support Collective

Trans Health Clinic

Trans Parent Hamilton

Timmins Rainbow LGBT Community

The Bridge

The Trent Centre for Women and Trans People

The Gilbert Centre

Timmins Pride

Thunder Bay CMHA

The T in Thunder Gay

Sydenham Street/Heritage United Church

The AIDS Network

TG InnerSelves

Spectrum Fanshawe

Spectrum

South East Grey Community Health Centre – LGBTQ+ Connection

Sioux Lookout Community GSA

Renfrew Pride

Seaway Valley Community Health Centre

Saefty

Reelout Queer Film Festival

Simcoe Pride

Rainbow Niagara (Quest Community Health Centre)

Rainbow Salad

Rainbow Sauga Alliance

Queer Sphere – Wilfrid Laurier University

Queer Minds

Pride London

PFLAG Waterloo

PFLAG Windsor

PFLAG Peterborough

PFLAG Owen Sound

PFLAG Sault Ste. Marie

PFLAG Niagara

PFLAG London

PFLAG Durham

PFLAG Kincardine

PFLAG Kenora

PFLAG – Renfrew County (Pembroke)

Pembroke Pride

PFLAG Brantford Chapter

PFLAG Barrie-Simcoe County

OUTniagara

Out on the Shelf

OutLoudNorthBay

Ottawa Senior Pride Network / Réseau Fierté des aîné(e)s d’Ottawa

North Simcoe Muskoka Trans Health Services

North Bay LGBTQI Families

North Bay PRIDE

NorWest Community Health Centres Thunder Bay Office

London (Ontario) LGBT Community

Moyo Health and Community Services

Make it Wright

Muskoka Pride

NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action

North Bay & District Multicultural Centre, LGBTQ2S+

LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow

LGBTTIQQ2S

Kyle’s Place

Kincardine Pride

Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship

Gender Variant Working Group

Generous Space Ministries (Owen Sound)

Grey Bruce Pride

Kenora Pride

FSO Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Gender Creative, Trams, Transgender Children, Youth or Young Adults

Gender Journey Brant

Gender Journeys HKPR

Fleming College Pride Alliance

Elevate NWO

Counterpoint Church

CMHA Durham

CMHA Grey Bruce

Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity

CK Gay Pride Association

Brantford Advocacy Transgender Alliance (BATA)

Brantford Library

Borderland Pride

Bay of Quinte PRIDE

ARCH – Guelph – HIV/AIDS and Transgender Outpatient Care and Treatment

Barrie Pride

Barrie: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area

Kingston Pride

Together We Conquer Mountains (T.W.C.M)

KCHC Transgender Health Care

Transform Quinte

Beyond the Binary

Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP)

HIV AIDS Regional Services (HARS)

TransFamily Kingston (TFAM)

Trans Lifeline Canada

Trans Lifeline Canada is a trans-led organization that responds to the critical needs of the community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

LGBT Youth Line

LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. It does this by providing anonymous peer support and referrals; training youth to provide support to other youth; and providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.

PFLAG York

PFLAG Hamilton

York Region GSA North

Adult Gender Identity Clinic

Trans Partner Network – Sherbourne Health Centre

Transceptance

PFLAG Toronto

Out & Proud Program – Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Families in TRANSition – 10-week group for parents of trans youth

FYSR (Family Services York Region) Transgender Support Group

Rainbow Space

The 519

ONLINE RESOURCES

Support you can access from anywhere

Lots of organizations offer online support that can be accessed any time, from anywhere. Here are a few of Gegi’s favourites.

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The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ2S+ people under 25.

PFLAG Canada

Canada’s only national organization that helps all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. PFLAG Canada supports, educates, and provides resources to all individuals with questions or concerns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Native Youth Sexual Health Network is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. It offers professional counseling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. This service is completely confidential. Call: 1-800-668-6868 or text: 686868.

Find out what school board policies address your situation.

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It's time for you and your team to meet with a school administrator and share what you have learned in Steps 1 and 2. You can sign up and be notified when we release the full Step 4 Gegi self-advocacy module!

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