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Hey, Cis!

Hey, Cis! is a weekly head-on conversation about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

We take on difficult topics; breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

Listen on Spotify and Youtube

S1: Eps 3: Picture day blues; What memories are worth keeping?

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A picture can feel like a 1000 pin pricks

"Time for a shower.

Clothes clean and pressed?"

"Are you really wearing that?"

It's that time of year when students are lined up by height and strategically positioned, teacher on the side and a 1-2-3, say, 'Cheeeeze'.  Photo day. Argh.

Are you a keeper of the class photos? Perhaps they are layered one behind the other in a frame or stashed away in a keepsake box. Perhaps they've been burned along the way?

As a cisgender person, Cynthia has never had to question her gender identity. It aligns with her sex as assigned at birth. Photo reminiscing is easy once she gets past the cheesey '70's attire her mother forced her to wear. But for her son, it hasn't been so easy.


For Isaac, who's is a trans person, photo day can bring back some stressful memories.

From managing photos that no longer represent who you are; to school photos used for your Student I.D.'s; this week's podcast is all about looking into the photo lens through a different perspective.

Does time heal all wounds?

For trans and non-binary students, what impacts do photo day have?

As a teacher or as a parent and caregiver, how can you be supportive?

'I don't think it's a good idea to toss those memories just because you're trans.' Isaac C.

International Pronoun Day

Wednesday October 3rd is International Pronoun Day and we're talking about the subtle and not-so-subtle importance of pronouns.  Where you can put them to be a better ally and show you have some cultural competency around inclusion and making everyone feel welcome.

National Coming Out Day also falls in October and how does 'coming out' differ when it comes to gender identity and sexual orientation?  Isaac shares some of their experiences and we talk about the dangers of outing someone and the potentially harmful and traumatic impacts.

'The process of coming out, as we're discussing, is so much more than that...coming out is just acknowledging publicly or privately that you are who you are and you're starting to live authentically yourself.'

Want to learn more?

Glaad.org offers a wealth of information.

And we LOVE this article by Julien Paquette, "They Matter And Here's Why"

Simply Good Form launched on a challenge back in 2018 and YOU can challenge the narrative by joining in the challenge and questionning the forms you fill in every single day.


Get your work space involved!

More info here.

And we promised some Sophie Labelle comics and delivered! Author of Assigned Male, from Montreal, Quebec, Sophie has a cutting edge talent that always goes beyond...


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Why it is so important to get it right: