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Hans Kai for Trans is a gender wellness program that assists trans and non binary people to manage their gender dissonance to reduce gender dysphoria. It is a self-care framework for physical and social transition.

Gender wellness is the integration of our bodies, genders, minds, selves and communities into the minimum effective dose of rest, nutrition, activity and socialization to maintain ourselves above the level of symptoms.

Gender Dissonance is the cognitive dissonance experienced by trans people due to a misalignment between our gender identity/subconscious sex and our assigned gender/physical sex Julia Serrano

Gender Dysphoria is a persistent experience that arises from the innate condition of Gender Dissonance. Dysphoria’s primary constituents of stress, anxiety and depression combine in a synergistic way, creating a sum that is greater than its parts. WPATH SOC outlines the appropriate therapies and how they are implemented.

Why does gender wellness matter?
Each year in Canada 37,000 youth experience homelessness, 6-7000 at any one time. Nearly half identify somewhere on the Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity spectrum that is not congruent with their family of origin. Over half report abuse as a reason for leaving home. We walk past them on our streets and wonder what happened, but they have already told us. We need to maintain social triage, and allocate resources to root causes of social displacement. Gender health strengthens families of origin into families of choice, and , creates families of choice, support groups, when families of origin fail. It is one of the highest leverage social investments possible.

HK4T assists existing and establishes new all-gender, transition relevant support groups. These peer facilitated groups help access resources that make transition healthier, more affordable and better understood by everyone affected. HK4T helps mitigate the risks of transition by monitoring health indicators including the necessary tools and training.

HK4T is part of the Hans Kai family of programs provided across Canada. HK4T was developed by Rainbow Health and Northwest Community Health Cooperative of Winnipeg, who founded the Hans Kai® program and and maintains program standards, including facilitator training.

Hans Kai is a registered trademark of the NorthWest Community Co-op of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Hans Kai is promoted across Canada through the assistance of the Health Care Co-operative Federation of Canada.
Hans Kai 4 Trans is made available through the support of these organizations in partnership with the Rainbow Health Co-operative.

TWO SERIES

PHYSICAL TRANSITION

SESSION ONE

GENDER DISSONANCE IS AN INNATE CONDITION OF TRANS PEOPLE

WITHOUT MANAGEMENT IT CONFLATES INTO DYSPHORIA

HK4T IS A GROUP PROGRAM TO MANAGE OUR DISSONANCE

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SESSION TWO

SEX HORMONES ARE AMONGST THE MOST POWERFUL SUBSTANCES WE TAKE.

THEY RESOLVE MANY GENDER ISSUES WHILE STRONGLY EFFECTING EMOTIONS

BUT ARE THEY THE MOST IMPORTANT HORMONES IN OUR BODIES?

WE REVIEW THE WORLD OF HORMONES.

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SESSION THREE

THE TRANS EXPERIENCE OF GENDER DISSONANCE IS INNATE AND NORMAL
BUT IT CAN BE A RINGING IN OUR EARS THAT NEVER STOPS
DRIVING BEHAVIOURS WE DIDN’T THINK POSSIBLE.
IS THERE A CURE OR ONLY REMEDIES?

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SESSION FOUR

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT INTEGRATION ONLY WORKS
WHEN WE CARE FOR EACH PART

A HEALTHY BODY NEEDS REST, EXERCISE, HYDRATION AND…….

SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY

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SESSION FIVE

UNDERSTANDING GENDER DISSONANCE AS NORMAL AND INNATE

ALLOWS US TO FIND BALANCE

AND SEPARATE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

THE PATHWAYS TO DYSPHORIA

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SESSION SIX

THE REALIZATION OF GENDER POTENTIALITIES TAKES TIME AND
OCCURS AFTER PHYSIOLOGICAL AND SAFETY NEEDS ARE MET

NOT EASY IN A WORLD THAT DENYS OUR EXISTENCE

WE NEED DEPENDABLE SELF CARE

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SESSION SEVEN

SURGERY IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STEP IN SOME TRANS PEOPLE LIVES.

IT IS A ONE WAY ROAD WITH A LOT OF CHOICES

WE REVIEW CHOICES AND SHARE OUR LIVED EXPERIENCES

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SESSION SEVEN

OUR LIFE EXPERIENCES CAN LEAVE US UNPREPARED TO ACT

AS THE ASSERTIVE RATEPAYERS WE NEED TO BE

TO OBTAIN THE EQUITABLE, INFORMED HEALTHCARE WE PAY FOR

WHAT SHOULD WE CHANGE FIRST? THEM, OURSELVES OR BOTH?

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SESSION EIGHT

SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL TRANSITION IS NOT A JOURNEY WE MAKE ALONE
HOW DO WE CHOOSE OUR COMPANIONS?
HOW DO WE ASK FOR WHAT WE NEED?
WHAT DO WE GIVE IN RETURN?

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SOCIAL TRANSITION

CHANGE YOUR FUTURE

CHOICE AND GENDER IS A TRICKY TOPIC. CISSEXUALS JUST DON’T GET IT. WE DON’T CHOOSE WHO WE ARE, BUT WE DO CHOOSE WHAT WE DO ABOUT IT. CAN WE BECOME GRATEFUL WE ARE TRANS?

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CHANGE YOUR BANK

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. TRANS PEOPLE ARE MASTERS OF DOING IT ON THE CHEAP. WE HAVE TO BE, HALF OF US GOT FIRED. SO HOW DO PEOPLE PAY FOR THEIR GENDER? SOMETHING MOST GET FOR FREE

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CHANGE YOUR TOWN

WHAT’S  SIMPLER – JUST PACK UP AND MOVE,
START A NEW LIFE OR MAKE THIS ONE WORK?
WE SHARE WHAT WORKED FOR US

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CHANGE YOUR STYLE

DAPPER TO DEBUTANTE, QUEER TO STRAIGHT, OR A COMBO WITH A SIDE OF PIERCINGS
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR STYLE  HAPPEN

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CHANGE YOUR SPACE

THE FEW BUT MIGHTY

STORIES OF HOW WE COPE WITH THE BIAS AGAINST TRANS PEOPLE

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CHANGE YOUR SEXuality

HORMONES IMPACT LIBIDO, BOTH PLUS & MINUS
NEW BODY PARTS BRING NEW PATHWAYS
WE NEED A NEW MAP TO HOW TO GET THERE
OR MAYBE ACCEPT WE HAVE HIT A  DEAD END

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CHANGE YOUR junk

VAGINOPLASTY, VULVAPLAST, METOIDOPLASTY, PHALLOPLASTY, LABIAPLASTY, ORCHIECTOMY

WE SHARE EXPERIENCES AND QUESTIONS

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CHANGE THEIR MINDS

THERE ARE PROBLEMS THAT HAPPEN ALL TOO OFTEN TO TRANS PEOPLE

WE SHARE HOW WE WORKED THROUGH THEM

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