Trans Youth of Colour

Why address transgender youth of colour?

We want a welcome, safe and inclusive environment for trans youth of colour in Toronto. For this to happen, it’s imperative to understand the complexities of gender and race as well as the difference between sex and gender. Trans youth of colour are part of Toronto’s LGBTQ community yet they are underserved and often experience neglect, bias and violence because of transphobia and racism. We partnered with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) and a committee of trans youth of colour from across the city to develop this campaign and inform, educate and create opportunities to learn about these issues.

Trans communities, by the numbers

26% of trans people of colour have experienced police harassment due to their race/ethnicity

(Trans Pulse 2010)

22% of trans people of colour have been turned down for a job due to their race/ethnicity


(Trans Pulse 2010)

More than 1 in 3 trans youth have attempted suicide



(SARAVYC 2015)

Understanding trans identities

Trans is an umbrella term that describes the unique experience of gender for people who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth.

About the committee

Thanks to the amazing contributions of the Community Advisory Committee in helping to develop this educational campaign that focus on transgender youth of colour in Toronto.

To learn more about the Community Advisory Committee read their bios.

Resources