Chinese Medicine, Natural Transition, and the Gender Binary [interview with Katrina Hanson]

CS: reflected in title, this is an article for transgender folks- Chinese Medicine, Natural Transition (using plant-medicines to alter hormones or ease hormone therapy symptoms/post-surgery symptoms), and the Gender Binary Do yin and yang make Chinese Medicine binary? Yin and yang are often associated with female and male energy respectively, which leads to the misconception…

Trans Birth and Pelvic Physiotherapy! [guest post by pelvic physiotherapist Michelle Fraser]

CS: The following post is written by LGBTQ-informed pelvic physiotherapist Michelle Fraser, who has taken the time to share some of her knowledge regarding pelvic health in the context of trans birth. There is mention of vaginal/rectal health, as well as a mention of trauma with no details. What is pelvic health physiotherapy? Pelvic health…

VOICES: Maron’s sex in pregnancy and postpartum story

CS: birth trauma (details), gender identity feels, body image, mental health, sexuality, kink/BDSM, sex work Maron identifies as a white, able-bodied, middle-class, employed, occasionally depressed, parent, poly, queer, genderqueer: agender, they/them pronouns, and is married to a cis-dude in a triad and lives in a poly household. Maron and their husband are the bio-parents of…

Queer & Trans Childbirth Preparation Classes in Toronto

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Giselle Johnston over the past few months and I'm so excited to let you know about the Queer & Trans Childbirth Preparation Classes they're launching with co-facilitator Kira Liss on Feb 10 & 11 at Kensington Midwives in Toronto. Giselle works as a labour and postpartum…

I am queer and trans: where can I get a haircut?

CS: queer & LGBTQ+ community talk, talking about ageism, body shame, personal stories of nonbinary gender exploration, stories about discouraging parents, masculine barbershop culture, interview by nonbinary client with a cis-woman barber. I’ve been going to the Crows Nest Barbershop to get my haircut for the last year and a half, but I was really…

VOICES SERIES: Ayana’s sex in pregnancy and postpartum story

Ayana (not her real name) identifies as a woman, mother, black woman, latina woman, a multicultural woman, and as a Georgia Peach (having been born and raised in Georgia). She identifies as mainly straight but also as bi[sexual]. However, she finds being married to a cishet-man, others perceive her as straight. And last, but not…

Can acupuncture boost fertility? [interview with Michelle Kapler]

NOTE: This article begins with a cis-gendered understanding of reproduction because of the practitioners experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and moves into gender inclusive language for the remainder of the article. It should also be noted that you will find the services are geared toward cis-gendered women on michellekapler.com, and cis-gendered men and women…

VOICES SERIES: ND’s Sex in Pregnancy and Postpartum Story

ND is a cisgender, queer, Indian, Sikh woman from Vancouver, BC. Her family originates from Punjab, North India. ND moved to Toronto from Vancouver to become a midwife and has since started a family with her partner within the context of their open relationship. Her little girl is currently 11 months, full of delicious rolls…