Here are six must-read toolkits and reports for 2SLGBTQIA+ survivors and those who support them!

May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Despite its absence in most anti-violence information, 2SLGBTQIA+ survivors experience high rates of gender-based violence. This is especially true for 2SLGBTQIA+ survivors who experience transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia at their intersections with colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression. In 2020, Canada’s first national study on the health and safety of racialized trans and non-binary people reported that 72 percent of racialized trans and non-binary respondents said they were verbally harassed, 49 percent had experienced sexual harassment, and 1 in 3 reported being sexually assaulted. Moreover, according to the most comprehensive recent study available, 67 percent of LBQIA2S+ women in Canada have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime, compared to 44 percent of heterosexual women who reported similar experiences of abuse.

How do we challenge transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia as structural forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) that come up for 2SLGBTQIA+ survivors in both their public and private lives?

This International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, BWSS is spotlighting six crucial toolkits and reports from advocates and community organizations who are making change and creating safety for 2SLGBTQIA+ survivors every day. You can find hundreds of additional resources in our Gender Equity Learning and Knowledge Exchange, a centralized hub of resources from organizations across British Columbia, as well as key national and international resources on ending gender-based violence.

You Are Made of Medicine: A Mental Health Peer Support Manual for Indigiqueer, Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, and Gender Non-Conforming Indigenous Youth

This toolkit by Native Youth Sexual Health Network is a mental health peer support manual for Indigiqueer, Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, and Gender Non-Conforming Indigenous youth.

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Health and Well-being Among Racialized Trans and Non-binary People in Canada

For the first time, researchers have survey results about the health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary Canadians who also identify as people of colour. The report by Trans PULSE Canada shows increased levels of physical violence, harassment and sexual assault experienced by racialized trans and non-binary people in Canada.

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Punished By Design: The Criminalization of Trans & Queer Incarcerated Survivors

This report by Survived and Punished in the U.S. details how queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people are both disproportionately impacted by the criminal legal system and significantly more likely to be survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.

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Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Trans Communities, and Supporting Survivors

A toolkit for service providers by METRAC: Action on Violence and the Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto to understand and address barriers and increase access to affirming supportive anti-violence services, as recommended by two-spirit, nonbinary and trans individuals themselves.

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Queering Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Response in Canada

This report by Canadian Women’s Foundation and Wisdom2Action presents the findings from a literature review, focus group, and interviews on what we know about the scale and scope of GBV impacting 2SLGBTQ+ communities, looking at the experiences of queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour, refugees and newcomers, trans+ people, queer women, youth, sex workers, and people living rurally or remotely. This report then turns to existing violence prevention programs and points to the gaps and needs.

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2SLGBTQQIA+ Sub-Working Group: MMIWG2SLGBTQQIA+ National Action Plan Final Report

This work by the 2SLGBTQQIA+ Sub-Working Group of the MMIWG2SLGBTQQIA+ National Action Plan centers 2SLGBTQQIA+ relatives and kin who are currently missing or went missing and were later found murdered. It illustrates the history and background of how Two-Spirit and gender and sexually diverse Indigenous people have been affected by genocide and gendericide.

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