Trans Awareness Week

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November 13-17 is Trans Awareness Week at the University of Toronto. November 20 is Trans Day of Remembrance & Resilience. The Family Care Office supports and celebrates trans and nonbinary students, faculty, librarians, and staff and their family members and denounces transphobic discrimination and violence everywhere.

Trans Awareness Awareness Week events are being held across U of T’s three campuses.

Resources for community members and caregivers/parents can be found around the university, Toronto and beyond.

Resources within U of T

  • The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at the University of Toronto by working towards equity and challenging discrimination. The SGDO offers programming and events and does training and policy-level work.
  • Queer University of Toronto Employees (QUTE) is an employee resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) staff and faculty who work at the University of Toronto.
  • There are over 30 student groups and campus communities.
  • The Family Care Office (FCO) hosts workshops throughout the year, including family planning workshops and a workshop about supporting gender diverse children.
  • For some employees, GreenShield coverage now includes up to a lifetime of $10,000 of gender-affirming healthcare coverage. As a note, this coverage depends on the bargaining unit or union. For specific information regarding what is covered under your staff, faculty or librarian health care plan, through OHIP, or another health benefits provider, please contact your health insurance provider directly.
  • Trans Pool Hours at the Athletic Centre – dedicated, inclusive swim time for trans, gender-non-conforming, gender-exploring, nonbinary and two-spirit students and members.

Within Toronto


  • Johns Hopkins pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists Renata Arrington Sanders and Errol Fields  write: “All parents want what’s best for their kids. But providing support isn’t always easy — especially if you are the parent of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) child. In many ways no different from their peers, LGBTQ youth face some unique challenges that parents often feel unprepared to tackle.” Check out their tips for parents of LGBTQ youth.
  • Gender Creative Kids

Additional resources