In 2014, the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) conducted a bilingual survey to learn about the health of transgender youth in Canada. It was the first and largest of its kind in Canada, with 923 young people responding. From this report, recommendations—such as developing safe, more inclusive schools and providing support for families with transgender children—were communicated.

SARAVYC, at University of British Columbia, is an international, multi-disciplinary, award-winning team that studies how resilience, stigma, discrimination, violence, and trauma affect young people’s health.

In 2019, the same survey with a few additional questions, was released. 1,519 trans and/or non-binary youth across the nation responded. Once again, this study was funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and involved collaborations with various universities and health researchers across the nation. Similar to 2014, this survey was available for young people between the ages of 14 to 25 to take in English or French and asked about a range of topics including gender identity, access to gender-affirming care, and physical health. When applicable, comparisons between 2014 and 2019 were made to gauge whether things have improved since 2014.

Developed in consultation with trans and/or non-binary advisory groups across Canada, recommendations to improve the health and well-being of trans and/or non-binary youth included inclusive and comprehensive sex education, safer washrooms and public spaces, and decreasing health disparities between provinces.

SARAVYC research assistant (and PhD student) Ace Chan spoke with People First Radio about British Columbia results from the 2019 Being Safe, Being Me study. Listen to the interview.

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Download the full report here (in PDF format). Visit the SARAVYC website and find links by province/territory/region here.

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