Human Rights Office: Dear Jen: Resources at Queen's for trans people (March 2004)
I'm a transexual alumna of Queen's and I was writing to find out what, if any student groups are active on gender issues at Queen's?
I'm a Montreal based writer and I would be interested in knowing specifically of any text based initiatives towards healthier sexual bodies.
I was delighted to receive your query about gender-related issues at Queens, particularly your interest in healthier sexuality. Although Queens has several groups that may be of interest, none of them deals with all aspects of your question.
However, the planets must be aligned . . . the student group, Education on Queer Issues Project, is planning a Queer Sexual Health Forum near the end of March. Jen has not yet been privy to a conference agenda, but my roving ears tell me that a keynote speaker may, indeed, be a trans counsellor from the other big city (that would be Toronto). For more information you could contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have the Queens-Kingston group, the Sexual Health Resource Centre, a group wholly dedicated to healthy sexuality. These SexPerts provide workshops, information, referrals, and products (at very reasonable prices, I might add) related to sex, sexuality and sexual health. I heard a rumour that they are broadcasting their sexually healthy messages on the local radio station CFRC.
The Transgender/Transsexual Policy Group at Queens is not a student-based group (although students are in the group) but does work to make Queens a friendlier and more accessible place for transsexual people and all those who do not fit conventional gender molds. The Group is aware of some health-related resources, such as the on-line Trans Health zine available at: http://www.trans-health.com (including articles and columns on sex).
Finally, a couple of gender-based groups offer services specifically to women: the Women’s Centre and the Ban Righ Centre. Both groups are open to all self-identified women and have been working for equality for women for decades.
P.S. Love the pigtails on the photo you included with your letter!