Action Alert: Hon. Pierre Poilievre, stop targeting transgender youth!

Last week, the premier of Alberta, Danielle Smith, joined other provincial leaders who have exploited prejudice and ignorance about transgender people – and, in particular, youth. RNAO is deeply concerned to see federal Conservative Party leader, Pierre Poilievre, echoing and amplifying Smith’s views across the country. These views are ill-informed and dangerous to the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable youth in our society.

Join us!  Tell the leader of the federal Conservative Party to stop targeting transgender and gender-diverse youth. RNAO denounces any kind of stigmatization, discrimination and social exclusion based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We applaud Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other federal leaders who continue to stand in support of transgender youth.  

The proposed restrictions to care proposed by Smith and supported by Poilievre appear to be founded on ideology, not informed by evidence. RNAO’s best practice guideline for nurses, Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Health Equity, provides the actual evidence for foundational, inclusive health-care practices for the 2SLGBTQI+ community. From our research, we know that gender-affirming care provided by person-centred health professionals in an inclusive health setting – which may include the use of puberty blockers and hormone treatment – provides the best health and social outcomes for transgender and non-binary youth.

We are also deeply concerned about efforts in other provinces to restrict education on matters of sexuality and gender combined with a corresponding insistence on parental consent in all matters related to youth gender identity. Research shows that this compounds the vulnerability of gender-diverse youth, considerably increasing their exposure to violence and likelihood of homelessness, as well as increasing the risk of self-harm and suicide.

RNAO is very pleased by the pledge of Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones to retain Ontario’s current guidelines for treatment and care for transgender youth. We are inspired by the widespread reaction across Canada to politicians targeting at-risk youth and sending them a simple message: Stop.

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Hon. Pierre Poilievre
MP and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
prime minister of Canada
Hon. Mark Holland
MP and federal minister of health
Stephen Ellis
MP and health critic for the Conservative Party of Canada
Jagmeet Singh
leader of the NDP
Don Davies
MP and federal health critic, New Democratic Party of Canada
Blake Desjarlais
MP and NDP health critic
Elizabeth May
MP and leader of the Green Party of Canada
Hon. Doug Ford
premier of Ontario and provincial minister of intergovernmental affairs
Hon. Sylvia Jones
deputy premier and minister of health
Hon. Stephen Lecce
minister of education, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and MPP for King-Vaughan
Marit Stiles
MPP and leader of the official opposition
France Gélinas
MPP and Ontario New Democratic Party health critic
John Fraser
interim party leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and MPP for Ottawa South
Adil Shamji
MPP and Ontario Liberal Party critic on health and northern and Indigenous issues
Stephen Blais
MPP and Ontario Liberal Party education critic
Mike Schreiner
MPP and leader of the Green Party of Ontario
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