2SLGBTQ health in focus episode 2: Rural & 2SLGBTQ Health Care

2SLGBTQ Health In Focus, is a podcast from Rainbow Health Ontario where we talk to experts in the field and share knowledge about health and health care systems and 2SLGBTQ folks.

In Episode 2, our guests share a number of perspectives about the challenges of rural care for both providers and for patients, with lots of talk about virtual care, lived experience, and what city-based providers can learn from the broad skill sets of rural providers.

Our podcast was recorded on traditional territories of many Indigenous nations, including:

  • Toronto (Tkoronto): Treaty 13 territory. The Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat
  • Calgary (Mohkinstsis): Treaty 7 territory. Territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani),  as well as the Stoney Nakoda and Tsuu t’ina.
  • Sudbury: Robinson-Huron treaty. Territory of Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg.
  • Ottawa (Odawa/Adàwe): Unceded territory of Algonquin Anishnaabeg.

We acknowledge these, and any other Nations who care for the land–acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded. These territories are still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to record these stories for the people who call these lands home today.



Natalie Moores discovered her true self in her early forties, at the peak of the Covid pandemic. Natalie shares her challenges and milestones to help make the path easier for others. She is an active volunteer in the queer community while prioritizing co-parenting her young son. Natalie was featured in an online Chatelaine article about coming out later in life (https://chatelaine.com/living/first-pride-trans/) and in the recent book for young readers, Pride and Persistence: Stories of Queer Activism, both written by Mary Fairhurst Breen.

Dr. Sean Sullivan is an Associate Professor and an Assistant Dean at NOSM University, where he is an active teacher and preceptor of medical students and residents and is a primary preceptor for the family medicine program. He practices as a broad-scope family physician with special interests in medical education, physician and learner wellness, and 2SLGBTQ+ health. 

Sean (they/them) is a white settler located in Mohkinstsis (MOH-kin-stiss), otherwise known as Calgary. They are third-year medical student at the University of Calgary, graduating class of 2025. When they grow up (AKA finish medical training), Sean hopes to be a rural family doc. Before medicine, Sean was a local activist, and expert in harm reduction, health policy, and qualitative research. These days, they are passionate about advocating for meaningful inclusion and recognition of transgender professionals in medicine.

Sharp is a non-binary, Niizh-manitowag (two-Spirit) person of Meshkwahkihaki / Asakiwaki / Aniyunwiya and Irish ancestry. They live, work, and play in Ottawa, the unceded traditional territory of the Omàmìwininì, Anishinaabeg people. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, advocate and activist who uses ALL the pronouns in every context.

He is a military veteran, LGBT purge survivor, and martial artist. She has been an educator, activist, and group facilitator who has presented on a wide variety of topics at local, national, and international venues for over 20 years.

They are a Carrier of Ceremony and Helper in Indigenous and other communities across Canada. Sharp is honoured to be a member of the board for Rainbow Veterans Canada to keep survivor stories alive and support 2SLGBTQ+ veterans. Sharp currently lives in a rural log home with their partner of 25+ years and two spoiled cats.