Great News! CAMH Toronto's Gender Identity Service Review Announcement
Feb 5, 2015 — DISCLAIMER: Our petition was not the tipping point for CAMH Toronto. Maybe it was. Maybe it was the Twitter activists or other groups online. Maybe it was #BellLetsTalk. Maybe it was a person within the organization who decided to step up and make change. Maybe we'll never know why CAMH Toronto posted on their website that they are "undertaking a review headed by an external expert" and that they "expect this review to take six months".
CAMH Toronto's practices in their Gender Identity Clinic were reviewed in 2011. This time, focus will be put on their child gender identity services, which includes the reparative therapy treatment which we have been fighting against.
In other words: this is huge.
As they say in their official statement on the CAMH website: "CAMH regularly receives feedback from clients, families, community organizations and other health professionals. We welcome and respect this and use the comments to help us to improve the care we offer. We take this input seriously."
We should not let this review announcement discourage us from continuing to take steps. If CAMH welcomes comments about how they can improve their services, then we should just continue to express how we feel about their services. Now that they are being reviewed, it's even more important to push our ideas forward so that they can be heard and dealt with by whoever is conducting the review.
So keep tweeting and posting and sharing this petition, as well as any more information that's been circulating about CAMH Toronto on the internet. Bring it up as a topic of discussions with friends, at work, or with family members. One of the most important things about the issues that we see with the reparative therapy is that not everyone knows that these issues exist.
As long as we continue to raise awareness and educate, we are working towards creating a better world for all people and letting each person, whether they identify with gender(s) or not, to have a place in the world.
All of the individuals or groups who openly posted on their social media about Kenneth Zucker, CAMH Toronto, or reparative therapy practices; all of those who signed this petition or other similar ones; every person who spoke out against this treatment worked towards making this review happen. No matter what happens as a result of it, this review is our own victory.
We are seen. We are heard. We are loud, sometimes. Sometimes, we are quiet. But we have a voice. We can take a stand. We can catch the attention of a giant organization.
So, huge thank you's go to everyone who signed this petition, or posted about these issues, or talked to people at their schools... All of your hard work is starting to pay off. That is an amazing thing.
Great work, everyone! Let's not stop here. Let's keep going!