This page is (or will evolve into) a grab-bag of transgender-related resources. Quite a few will be local to the Ottawa area.
Basic Information and DefinitionsWikipedia's article on Transgender is an excellent starting point for an overview of what it means to be transgender.
Ottawa Support GroupGender Mosaic is Canada's oldest transgender social and support group. It's open to all trans-identified people and their allies.
For Parents of Trans Children in OttawaCHEO's Gender Identity and Diversity program is available to help families with trans children. Having a supportive family is by far the most important factor in positive outcomes for transgender people. It's even more critical for trans children.
Ottawa Police GLBT Liaison CommitteeThe GLBT Liaison Committee of the Ottawa Police meets regularly; its meetings are open to the public.
ForumI used to recommend crossdressers.com (despite its atrocious name) because it had a lot of excellent content, but I no longer recommend it. The moderators are heavy-handed, arbitrary and petty, and censor with an iron fist. If I can't say something honest on a forum, I'd rather say nothing at all. It's too bad because there are a lot of nice folks on the forum if you stay away from the fetish-y crossdresser portion.
These are some of my favourite Youtube videos that have at least a passing relationship to transgender:
- Faces - United Nations Free & Equal - A video by the UN in support of LGBT rights.
- What Being Trans Is Really Like - A 7-minute video following a transwoman in New York through her day.
- Things not to say to a trans person - A fairly amusing video full of dumb questions.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Transgender Rights (HBO) - very funny, but also pointed.