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The Trans Liberation League is a campaign group based in Halifax, Nova Scotia that recently formed for the purpose of lobbying for trans-related health coverage in the province, such as pushing for re-listing Sex Reassignment Surgery.


We are a fairly small group, consisting of primarily trans-masculine and cis folks. We realize that we are not representative of all people and experiences and are seeking input from the community. We have come up with a vision and list of demands and are looking for input on what may be missing or if there are concerns and/or criticisms. We would appreciate any thoughts, critiques or suggestions. We would also love for more people to get involved, if you are in Nova Scotia! Please feel free to respond here or email us directly at transliberationleague@gmail.com.

In addition, we are trying to come up with a short, snappy, but encompassing name for this campaign. Let us know if you have any suggestions!

VISION
– Access to health care under a true informed consent model
– Youth-centered health care with lowered minimum age of access to trans health services
– Changes in language, knowledge, and attitudes around gender identity – for all people, not just within health care
– Eliminating M/F check boxes
– Better training and required training for ALL health care providers
– Wider availability and visibility of trans health services and trans-friendly sexual health
services
– Comprehensive coverage of services, without caveats – our aim is to get coverage, not
inaccessible coverage

DEMANDS

Definitely asking for:
– MSI coverage for 15-20 patients per year for major surgery
– Coverage for ALL surgeries, not just a selection (e.g. top + bottom surgery, hysterectomies, facial surgery…)
– Coverage for tertiary services as well (e.g. speech therapy, electrolysis)
– Access to all of these services based on informed consent
– Government provision of training for health care providers and an up-to-date list of trans- friendly service providers
– Consistent access across all regions of NS with regional point people

Nice ifs:
– Surgeries performed in the Maritimes
– Coverage of travel and recovery costs

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  1. meinad8 says:

    There’s something missing from your vision, and that is the requirements for birth certificate change. Currently, NS Vital Statistics requires two notarised affadavits from medical professionals in order to change your birth certificate. The first is to be from the surgeon, and the second is to be from another who has examined you. The stringency of this requirement is inefficient at best, and a possible human rights violation at worst. It’s not difficult to get a physician to examine you, it’s just demeaning. There’s no reason for it. It would be an easy thing to change, and would require far less humiliation on behalf of trans* patients. As you may or may not know, if you are born in NS, then the only place you can get your certificate changed is NS, no matter where you are in the world. So, if I were to move to Vancouver for treatment (which many people do), I could complete it all under BC law (which is much easier) but I would still be beholden to Nova Scotia’s insane requirements for my birth certificate. Please, oh please add this issue to your vision!

  2. Mag Trask says:

    Hello, I am a trans-masculine person in rural NS and am likewise very concerned with my birth certificate, passpost, and driver’s license requirements. I am on hormone therapy, but until my ID matches my preceived gender I feel unsafe leaving Canada. With out the financial means to have surgery I feel trapped. I agree this is important for our vision. Thanks, Mag.

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