TG Innerselves, social support group, community resource, education, trans, transgender, gender identity, training, ally, LGBTQ, teachers, women’s shelters, social workers
Vincent: So TG Innerselves first started off as a social support group.
Vincent: And this started in around 2007, and grew over the years. So in two thousand and--2012, 2013, that’s when it started to expand to also doing education, and that’s the time--around the time when I joined in with TG Innerselves. And then in 2014 we received funding. So we were able to expand and have a greater reach. Right now we have--we have three employees. We have the education manager which is--
Vincent: this sexy guy. And my job is to go around and do workshops and presentations for schools, community groups. Sometimes it is literally setting up in a small community in Moose Lodge and speaking to 75 community members. That happened in Marathon, Ontario.
Vincent: And it was amazing. So if anyone from Marathon, Ontario sees this, I would love to go back to Marathon, Ontario.
Vincent: I loved it there. So going to these communities sometimes, and just doing a Trans 101 for everybody who wants to see it.
Vincent: We go to different organizations and train their staff. So we trained the entire Sudbury police service. Monday...Sunday, I’m actually really happy to do this on a Sunday, um, we’re going to be going to the outskirts of Sudbury and doing training for the Greater Sudbury police service again. So it’s going to be a full day training session.
Vincent: And it’s going to be an intensive LGBTQ2+ allyship workshop.
Vincent: And that is geared towards the staff, fill in staff and officers who want to take that mandatory training on LGBTQ2+ up a notch.
Vincent: And, and be certified as people who are safe to talk to from our community. So we’re doing that, and I’m so excited, even though I’m missing my Sunday lunch with my Nona. She’ll forgive me. And then we’ll do other things like training women’s shelters, training teachers, training students who are in professional schools, like nurses, medical students, social workers, people who are in corrections courses, and doing this kind of work.