About 2SLGBTQ+: Proud, Prepared, Protected
People who identify as Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ (2SLGBTQ+) are underserved by the healthcare system and often experience discrimination and other difficulties when accessing health services. Previously, there was a lack of accessible tools specifically tailored to the unique needs of 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians facing advanced illness, frailty, caregiving, and grief. With funding from Health Canada, the Canadian Virtual Hospice engaged with the 2SLGBTQ+ community to address this gap with online tools developed by 2SLGBTQ+ for 2SLGBTQ+.
More than 40 Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, and related organizations actively engaged in this work despite the significant challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 75 individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ contributed, many of them in multiple roles — as team members, writers, reviewers, interviewees — to inform this work. A number of people chose to remain anonymous.
An additional 65 community members participated in "Die-alogue" focus groups hosted by the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg; Fondation Émergence in Montreal; Caregivers Nova Scotia in Halifax; and the West End Seniors’ Network in Vancouver. These products were inspired by the research of Drs. Katherine Kortes-Miller, Arne Stinchcombe, and Kim Wilson; and by Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva and her book LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice. The 2SLGBTQ+ Canadian Healthcare Bill of Rights for Advanced Illness, Frailty and End of Life (2SLBGTQ+ Bill of Rights) was informed by the work of CenterLink and Dr. Corey Prachniak-Rincón. We are grateful for their support.
Kathy Kortes-Miller, PhD - Team Lead
Austin Bernier, BA (Hons)
Susan Cadell, PhD
Clare Freeman, CYW, BA, MSW, RSW
Elder Albert McLeod
Arne Stinchcombe, PhD, MSW
Kim Wilson, PhD
Richard Beringer, DSocSci.
Jessy Dame, RN (c), MSN (in progress), BScN
Two-Spirit In Motion, AB
Anthony Kupferschmidt, MA, CPG, CDP
West End Seniors' Network, BC
Club 200, MB
9 Circles Community Health Centre, MB
Corey Prachniak-Ricón, JD, MPH
Foundation Emergence, QC
Leanna Seetahal, LLB
Dr. J. R. (Dick) M. Smith, MD, DS FCFP
Mike Tutthill, BA, MEd
* 3 people who participated in telephone interviews and who preferred to remain anonymous
Katherine Kortes-Miller, PhD
We encourage organizations to share these documents widely by adding a link on their websites, and printing and distributing materials, including in their newsletters and presentations. Please ensure that you acknowledge Canadian Virtual Hospice and Health Canada. To organize a webinar on 2SLGBTQ+–inclusive care or related topics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations wishing to customize the Proud, Prepared, and Protected tools by adding their logo to the front can contact email@example.com.