RHO In Conversation

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Thank you to all who attended RHO In Conversation!

We were so glad to see so many people who care about 2SLGBTQ health come out for our webinar! If you attended, please consider filling out a short survey to help us improve our future programming.

And if you missed it, a full recording of RHO In Conversation is available for free to watch. Click here to watch in English or with a French translator.

Prior details below:

Thursday, November 24, 2022

2-4 p.m. via ZOOM

Join Rainbow Health Ontario for a free virtual panel discussing current and future issues in 2SLGBTQ health care.

Rainbow Health Ontario presents this FREE virtual event discussing current and future issues in 2SLGBTQ care. Using the updated edition of Caring for LGBTQ2S People as a starting point, this panel includes editors and contributors to the book discussing gaps in care and health care disparities for 2SLGBTQ communities. The goal of the event is to provide health care and social service providers with both the knowledge and the tools to continue to improve the health of 2SLGBTQ people.

This event will be held as a webinar on Zoom. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance via info@rainbowhealthontario.ca, or through the Q&A function in the webinar.

French translation, ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided.

Registration required. Please register with the same email account that you will use for Zoom.

Moderator Dr. Amy Bourns (she/her)

Since completing the first 2SLGBTQ Enhanced Skills Residency Program with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2011, Amy has practiced comprehensive primary care as part of the 2SLGBTQ team at Sherbourne Health in Toronto, Ontario. Over the past decade, Amy has spear-headed multiple initiatives aimed at expanding the capacity of health care providers in caring for 2SLGBTQ patients, including authorship of Sherbourne Health’s Guidelines for Gender-affirming Primary Care with Trans and Non-binary Patients and the adapted interactive online Trans Primary Care Guide. Amy takes an avid interest in medical education, having served as the inaugural faculty lead for 2SLGBTQ Health at the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine and currently acting as the university’s program director for the 2SLGBTQ Enhances Skills Residency Program, offering family medicine residency graduates the opportunity to develop expertise and foster leadership in 2SLGBTQ health.


Zongwe Binesikwe (Sounding Thunderbird Woman) Crystal Hardy (they/she) is a Two-Spirit Anishinaabe nurse practitioner. Zongwe is a PhD candidate in nursing at Queen’s University, with a focus on cultural humility in action using Indigenous autoethnography to explore spiritual self-reflection and using expressive arts to address compassion fatigue. 

Dr. Jordan Goodridge (he/him) is a lecturer with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is a family physician working at Sherbourne Health, where he has a focused practice in 2SLGBTQ+ health. He received his MD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, completed his family medicine training at McMaster University in Hamilton, and did an Enhanced Skills year in HIV primary care through the University of Toronto. He has a strong interest in medical education and currently teaches in the undergraduate medicine program at the University of Toronto, in addition to teaching elective medical students and residents at Sherbourne Health. He is a faculty member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and stays involved with the postgraduate family medicine residency program, delivering lectures in HIV primary care and sexual health as part of their academic half-day curriculum. He leads seminars in transgender health through Rainbow Health Ontario and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, geared towards health care providers in various stages of training.

Dr. Edward Kucharski (he/him) is a practicing family physician at the Southeast Toronto Family Health Team, chief medical officer at Casey House Hospital. Throughout his career, Ed has focused on health inequities of communities that face barriers to care. He has taught about 2SLGBTQ primary care at various medical schools, centres and conferences. Ed was also a regional primary care lead (Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, South) for Cancer Care Ontario and the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program. In 2013, Ed was the recipient of both the Association of Family Health Team’s Bright Lights Award – Improving the Health of the 5% and the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine Excellence in Community Teaching Award. In 2015, Ed was recognized by The Change Foundation as one of Ontario’s 20 Faces of Change for innovative, and patient-centred initiatives to improve cancer screening in 2SLGBTQ, newcomer, and homeless populations. Ed holds his doctorate in medicine from the University of Ottawa and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Quang Nguyen (he/him) is a clinical lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nguyen completed his MD degree at the University of Western Ontario and his post-doctoral medical training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nguyen holds a dual MPH/MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University and has a strong commitment to health equity through community engagement and patient advocacy. As a family physician at Sherbourne Health, Dr. Nguyen specializes in 2SLGBTQ primary care, with a focus on HIV and gay men’s health. Through his lived experience, Dr. Nguyen provides culturally competent and compassionate care to patients who face multiple barriers to health care access, including those who are homeless and underhoused, refugees and immigrants, racialized sexual and gender minorities, and people living with HIV/AIDS. As an educator, Dr. Nguyen enjoys teaching and preparing medical trainees to become future 2SLGBTQ allies and advocates in family medicine.

Sydney Tam

Dr. Sydney Tam is a queer, trans, Asian, settler, woman, family physician, and emergency room doctor. She has been in practice for over 30 years in Canada and the United States and has seen and overseen many changes in the care of 2SLGBTQ+ adolescents and adults over the decades. She is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. Teaching 2SLGBTQ+ competent care and anti-oppressive care to medical students and residents is an intrinsic part of her teaching practice. She has a special interest in anti-oppression, equity, diversity, and inclusion in medicine, and the intersections of the history of medicine and diverse populations. She has been a guest on multiple national television programs, most notably the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has received multiple practice quality awards, including the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Provider of the Year award.

Special thanks to our opening speaker, Nicole Tanguay.

I am a mixed race Indigenous person who is 2 spirited and a knowledge keeper on issues of gender and indigenous knowledge.  I am also an older person who has worked in social services for many years working with Indigenous youth, seniors and regular folks.  I am a poet, musician and a documentary  filmmaker – I am also a playwright with lots of years in the arts community.

My gender is they/them and I identify as a 2 spirited gender non-conforming queer butch.