It’s complicated and that’s why it is important to discuss and know where and when to seek further information and help.

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Understanding Sex, Gender & Sexuality

Phone Numbers

211

For local support call 211 to ask about LGBTQ groups in South Georgian Bay

705-722-6778

Call the Gilbert Centre in Barrie for more information and support 705-722-6778

1-800-268-9688

1-647-694-4245

Chat with a peer by calling LGBT Youth line 1-800-268-9688 or 1-647-694-4245

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GENDER EXPRESSION

Show your gender any way you want to, any day that you want to
Being a guy does not have to mean being “masculine”, or following specific rules that say how a guy is supposed to behave. You get to make your own rules about what kind of person you are going to be, and everyone (whether cis or trans) expresses gender identity differently!
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CLOTHING

Can play a huge part in your gender identity, and changing your appearance can help you live as the gender you identify with. Try different clothes and wear what makes you feel most comfortable.

Transitioning

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TRANSITIONING

Transitioning is about matching the gender you feel inside. This can involve changing things like:
Appearance (hair, clothes etc.).
Body.
Pronoun (he, she, they, ze, zir).
Which bathroom you use.
Identification documents (health card, birth certificate, etc.).

Ways of Transitioning

Experimenting with gender → Changing your pronouns/name → Hormones → Surgery  → Transhealth Clinic

For help finding how you can get medical help transitioning (hormones and/or surgery) contact your doctor or 211 right on this site

Facilitating conversation with family │friends │ the public.

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“COMING OUT”

Is when LGBTQ+ people tell others their gender identity or sexual orientation. People come out for many different reasons such as:
Celebrating who they are │ Relieve the stress of hiding who they are │ To find a community.
Not all people will reveal their true identity because of feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety/fear of rejection or violence.

The first step of coming out is feeling comfortable with your gender identity/sexuality, no matter what it may mean to others.
It is important that people can come out on their own terms. This is a unique experience for everyone. It might be harder for some and easier for others, depending on who they are coming out to. LGBTQ+ people don’t just come out once: every time they meet someone they have to decide whether or not to come out.
Try to remember it may have taken you a long time to come to terms with your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, so others may need a bit of space to take it in too.

Trusted allies in schools

ALLIES IN SCHOOL

Many people in the LGBTQ+ community feel anxious telling people at school who they are, for fear of rejection or harassment. Make sure you have a community of people that have your back to help you feel safer coming out at school. Everybody has a right to choose whether or not they want to come out, but there are resources in place at schools to help trans youth be themselves.

There are trusted adults at your school board that are there to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome in your own identity while at school. These people are called Inclusion Itinerant Teachers, and you can contact the Simcoe County equity and inclusion itinerant teachers at 705-734-6363, ext.11859.
What do they do?
They make sure the school board follows trans affirming policies such as:
Respecting student’s right to change their name and pronouns.
Be able to use the restroom of their choosing, if there is no gender neutral option.

You can get in contact with your inclusion itinerant teacher (no legal documents required), or talk to a counsellor at your school or in your community for professional help on how to feel like yourself at school. If you don’t know where to start, contact 211 or the Kids Help Phone.

Visit Simcoe County District School Board’s guidebook for creating positive spaces for Trans students to see what schools are trying to do to make Trans students feel welcome.

 Mental Health support
LGBTQ+ youth suffer from higher than average rates of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. This is often because they don’t feel accepted as themselves. It is important to reach out for help if you are struggling with your gender identity │sexuality journey.

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WHO CAN I TALK TO?

A trusted friend or family member.
Your doctor.
A mental health counsellor.
Online LGBTQ+ forums.
A Kids Help Phone Counsellor.
211 Representative.

Finding help is easy when you make the right call...

Tel:211 free helpline 24 │7
Chat option coming soon

If you wish to speak to a counsellor,
please call 1 800 668 6868,
or text CONNECT to 686868 to chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder.