Research-to-Action

GSHI Research and Community Team Members Present on Trans Women and Two Spirit Persons' Access to Services

The Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH)’s 5th biennial conference is being held in Vancouver, BC on October 25th – 29th, 2017.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Transforming the Landscape of Transgender Health and Wellness” and is a combination of training workshops as well as conference proceedings.

On October 27th, GSHI’s Dr. Tara Lyons alongside Sekani Dakelth (PACE Society) and Adrienne Smith made an oral presentation at the conference titled Experiences of Trans Women and Two-Spirit Persons Accessing Women-Specific Health and Housing Services in a Downtown Neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada. 

This community panel presentation included findings from a report co-authored by all three presenters about access to women-specific services by trans women and two spirit individuals in the DTES of Vancouver.  This study found that although trans women and two spirit individuals have been able to access women-specific services, there are significant challenges for them within some of these services.  Discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression were reported by study participants, as well as a lack of intervention by staff members when there is harassment by other service users directed at trans women and two spirit persons.

In addition to the oral presentation, on October 27th and 28th Dr. Lyons and Sekani have a poster presentation at the conference titled “The Impact of Construction and Gentrification on an Outdoor Trans Sex Work Environment: Violence, Displacement, and Policing” which shares the findings from their published report by the same name. 

For more information on these publications: 

Lyons T, Krüsi A, Pierre L, Smith A, Small W, Shannon K. Experiences of trans women and two-spirit persons accessing women-specific health and housing services in a downtown neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada. LGBT Health, 2016, 3(5): 373-8. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2016.0060 

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Lyons T., Krüsi A., Pierre L., Small W., Shannon K. The impact of construction and gentrification on an outdoor trans sex work environment: Violence, displacement and policing. Sexualities, 2017. doi:10.1177/1363460716676990

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