As the National Youth Council of BGC Canada (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada), our membership consists of individuals in the 2S & LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as allies from other diverse backgrounds.
Less than two months into 2023, more than 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in the United States at the state level, 150 of which target transgender individuals. This is the highest number of anti-trans bills to be introduced in a single year ever.
Anti-trans sentiments are also prevalent in Canada; transgender and non-binary Canadians are concerned about transphobic ideology worsening across the country. Without strong advocacy and vigilance, this legislative attack in the United States could make its way here.
As young people affected by these harmful ideologies, we are concerned, frustrated, and exhausted. No individual should ever have to debate or justify their existence.
As members of BGC Canada’s National Youth Council, we are calling for change within our systems and our everyday lives. As an ally, you have the power and responsibility to help make that change. Below, we have provided several ways that you can contribute.
Sign petitions. Call, text, and email. Write letters to your local policymakers. Donate. Educate yourself and your family. Advocate for your trans peers even when they’re not around. Check on your affected friends, take care of your mental health, and help us defend and protect human rights.
Ways to help
- Canada Helps – supports LGBTQ+ Charities
Mental Health Resources
- Kids Help Phone – space for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and allies
- Trans Lifeline – provides trans peer support
- It Gets Better Campaign – uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the globe
- Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Youthline – offers free peer support for youth aged 26 and under (1-800-268-9688)
- The Trevor Project – provides information & support to LGBTQ+ young people 24/7, all year round
- Mapping Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in U.S State Legislatures
- Understanding the Transgender Community
- Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Young People
- Transgender Children & Youth: Understanding the Basics