Gay, Bisexual and MSM Trans Guys: No Assumptions!

Published: February 28, 2012

Purpose of Report

The aim of this report is to provide preliminary data on the sexual health of trans guys who are gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men (GB-MSM), for discussion at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto, Ontario. Trans guys include those who identify as transgender, transsexual, or have a history of transitioning medically or socially to male, or to another identity such as Two-spirit or genderqueer.

Trans PULSE Project

Information presented in this report was produced using data collected during the second phase of the Trans PULSE Project. Trans PULSE is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded, community-based, mixed-methods research project to understand and improve the health of trans people in Ontario. The Trans PULSE team is built on a partnership between academic researchers, members of the trans community, and community- based organizations that are committed to improving the health of trans people.

Data and Analysis Methods

Survey data were collected in Phase II of Trans PULSE using a multi-mode survey (i.e. via internet, paper, or telephone). The survey included items on health-related measures, including social determinants of health, psycho-social measures, health care experiences, and sexual health. Participants were trans people age 16 and over who lived, worked, or received health care in Ontario. A broad definition of “trans” was used; participants were not limited to particular identities, and were not required to have begun or completed a social or medical gender transition.

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