These blog posts are a combination of OK2BME news and personal stories written by youth and teens in the OK2BME program. If you would like to write a personal story for our blog, please contact Scott at

Rainbow Refugees and the Legal Process, by Scott Williams

An introduction to refugee claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Rainbow Refugees and the Legal Process blog post

Hiring: LGBTQ+ Parenting Facilitator, by Scott Williams

We are hiring a LGBTQ+ Parenting Facilitator.

Hiring: LGBTQ+ Parenting Facilitator blog post

Trans Lives Matter, by Spencer Small

We are often asked to provide training to businesses, service providers and educators on transgender inclusion and acceptance.  This post is a brief synthesis of some of that information.  For a basic guide to terminology please see my post on An Intro to Gender and Sexuality.

Trans Lives Matter blog post

An Intro to Gender and Sexuality, by Spencer Small

As part of the Children’s Mental Health Week Speaker Series, I presented on Supporting Families with Gender Variant Children and Teens. For those who weren’t able to attend, I’d like to share some of the information here on our blog.

An Intro to Gender and Sexuality blog post

Anonymous, Age 15, Bisexual

I think that a lot of times we are told to be brave. We are told to be brave, and have confidence in ourselves, and not be afraid of what others think. But when you put yourself out there in a way that you are exposed and vulnerable, what others are thinking may be the least of your worries.

Brandan Dietrich, Age 16, Gay

I still remember it as if it were yesterday, well that is how a typical story starts. This is no story!!! It’s my life. It all started when I was in grade 5. I was at a Christian School which was really difficult for me. But in Grade 6 I was looking at my one friend at the time who was a boy, and saying WOW he is really cu……… wait was I just going to say CUTE. HOW DARE I!!!!! That is what I was always taught and told. YOU CANT…

Sam, Age 18, Transman

Can you imagine for a moment that if you are a guy there are only public women’s washrooms and only public men’s washrooms if you are a girl? Can you imagine what it would be like to be out in the world and have to go, but have nowhere to do it? What would you do? Where would you turn?

Alex, Age 18, Lesbian

It was a typical love story, the one where that girl catches your eye and it’s love at first sight. I just didn’t know it could involve two girls.