Thank you for taking the time to consider me for the one of the positions on the PHSA Trans Health Steering Committee. I am interested in being a part of this steering committee on both a personal and professional level.
Personally, I am interested because as a transgender man of color who began transition as a teenager in Nanaimo with very little resources I understand the difficulties presented to those looking to transition. In the past four years I have gone through the process of accessing gender therapy, hormone replacement therapy, and surgical funding in the province. Through this process I have identified many challenges that trans people face such as lack of resources outside of metro Vancouver and Victoria and long wait lists for therapy and surgery. I understand the negative impact this can have on those suffering from gender dysphoria.
On a professional level this intrigues me. I am currently an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University where I am studying history. I have always been interested in the history and struggles of marginalized groups. Throughout this past semester for an oral history project I have been researching the history of medical services in British Columbia for transgender people. This research has included interviewing trans people who accessed the gender clinic at Vancouver General Hospital and doing extensive reading on the subject of trans health care. I believe the knowledge I have gained from doing this project would be extremely helpful to drawing conclusions to how the medical system can properly serve trans people in B.C.
This opportunity would mean a great deal to me. I have been advocating for queer and trans people for a little over six years including collaborating with Nanaimo City Council, Vancouver Island Rainbow Association, Vancouver Island University and School District #68 since 2008.
I feel very strongly about making adequate health care available to all trans people in B.C. Thank you for your time.