The Queer Story Archive

Onmyplanet.ca is a queer and trans positive website and home of The Queer Story Archive. The Queer Story Archive is below in the blog roll. (Just scroll down) Stories are listed chronologically – most recent first. If you are looking for a particular type of story please use the tag cloud (in red in the right sidebar) or use the search bar.

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Carrie Lynn

Carrie Lynn was a police officer in Sudbury for 18 years and in 2015 moved into a management position in human resources. Carrie Lynn talks about her experience working with the transgender community members in Sudbury to train over 400 Sudbury Police officers, and update the policies and practices of the Sudbury Police Service. The results include the developing friendships between Carrie Lynn and her transgender community partners Rita and Vincent, and a video that promotes awareness of transgender issues and concerns. Their video can be seen on youtube at: Creating Awareness and Understanding of the Transgender Community

Carrie Lynn’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2016. The MTHF conference graciously allowed onmyplanet.ca to record stories on site during the conference. onmyplanet.ca also be recorded stories at the MTHF 2018 conference.

Velvet

Velvet is an activist and an early pioneer in getting the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) to pay for transition (corrective) surgeries. She is a fetish sex worker in Vancouver, and has been an activist for sex workers for years (esp. prior to the investigation of the Picton murders) in BC and across Canada. She was a founder of Westenders Against Violence Everywhere (WEAV) in Vancouver and lobbied extensively to challenge the prostitution laws in Canada.
You can find Velvet online at: velvetsteele.com/

Velvet’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Symposium, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2016. The MTHF conference graciously allowed onmyplanet.ca to record stories on site during the conference. onmyplanet.ca will also be recording stories at the MTHF 2018 conference.

Kori

Kori lives quite happily in the country growing food, making babies and being self sufficient. Kori has been active in the non-profit service sector for many years and now runs online classes and workshops helping people to build community and work together in larger networks such as ‘Resilience Building for Trans Folks and Our Allies‘.

Kori’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2016. The MTHF conference graciously allowed onmyplanet.ca to record stories on site during the conference.

Chase

For some time now, Chase has been on the front line of all things Trans in the Yukon Territory. He was part of the long and persistent lobbying that lead the Yukon Territorial Government to include Gender Identity and Expression in their Human Rights Code (2017). He was the first Yukon resident to receive funded gender affirming surgery. He was also the catalyst for the Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association to establish a trans inclusive policy. Chase is a trans educator, activist and public speaker. Catch up on the latest from Chase at: chaseblodgett.com See Chase’s first story with onmyplanet Here

Chase’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2016. MTHF graciously allowed onmyplanet.ca to record stories on site during the conference.

Maria

Maria has been a pioneering trans activist in Sweden and around the world for many years. She talks about some of her more challenging moments growing up and going on to spearhead some of the ground breaking shifts in human rights for trans people.

Maria’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2016. MTHF graciously allowed onmyplanet.ca to record stories on site during the conference.

(Early in the video Maria likens a Swedish psychologist that she saw as a child to prominent Canadian psychologist Ken Zuker (Psychologist-in-Chief, and Head of the Gender Identity Service at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for many years) who was of the opinion that gender non-conforming children should wait till the age of 18 to make a decision about their gender – forcing them to live as their assigned gender until then.)