Petition update

250+: #BellLetsTalk about CAMH and Trans Stigma

Leif Gifford
Toronto, Canada

Jan 26, 2015 — On January 28th, 2015, the annual event #BellLetsTalk takes place. For every text or call made by Bell Canada users on that date, 5 cents goes towards various mental health initiatives across Canada. For every tweet made using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, 5 cents also goes towards mental health initiatives. The idea of this event is to stomp out stigma surrounding mental illness.

One of the mental health initiatives that is supported by #BellLetsTalk is CAMH. We all know how CAMH Toronto's reparative therapy treatment is feeding into a stigma surrounding transgender people, particularly trans children, and is entirely destructive. Here's our chance to make those 5 cents count.

One of the overwhelming arguments that's been made to me personally throughout this campaign is that "being transgendered is a mental illness". No kidding. That's what I've been told. And of course, if you've signed this petition, you know that's a load of hooey. This stigma survives and thrives even here in Canada.

So on Wednesday, take to the internet (or your phones) and spread awareness about CAMH Toronto and the stigma surrounding transgender identities. Let your voice be heard: after all, that's what the entire day's about.

You can tweet @Bell_LetsTalk, @CAMHnews or @endstigma and use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk for maximum exposure. You can also use the hashtags #FixSociety (in remembrance of Leelah Alcorn's final wishes), #KennethZucker, and/or #StopZucker.

Join the Facebook (if you have it) event for more up-to-date information as the event draws near. Just search up "#BellLetsTalk About CAMH and Trans Stigma" on Facebook.

Let's keep taking steps towards making change happen. Thank you all for your overwhelming encouragement and support. It's been a wild ride.


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