Bedbugs in Toronto

These maps show the number of requests for service and inquiries (RFSI) made to Toronto Public Health, according to Postal Service Area, regarding bed bugs from 2009 to 2012. Absent more specific information, they are a fair representation of the spread and density of bed bugs in Toronto. The inspiration for this project lies in Patrick Cain‘s report on the same topic.

Reports of bedbugs to Toronto Public Health in 2012
Reports of bedbugs to Toronto Public Health in 2011
Reports of bedbugs to Toronto Public Health in 2010
Reports of bedbugs to Toronto Public Health in 2009

Legend for maps
White (0 RFSI)
Light yellow (1-10 RFSI)
Yellow (10-20 RFSI)
Light orange (20-40 RFSI)
Orange (40-80 RFSI)
Red (80-110 RFSI)

Gay, Bi, and Queer Trans Men Sexual Health and HIV/STI Risk

This powerpoint was presented at the USPATH Conference in Los Angeles, California in February 2017. It presents and summarizes what is known about HIV and STI risk among transmen.

Phalloplasty: 1980-2012 (w/ Francois Grenier)

There are many popular misconceptions about phalloplasty; for example, that it is largely unsuccessful from cosmetic and functional standpoints. Our review, however, shows that 95% of transsexual men are able to stand-to-void following phalloplasty with urethroplasty, and a remarkably high rate of satisfaction cosmetically and generally. Other results were unsurprising. Like that forearm flaps are used in 76% of all phalloplasties.

Number of Men with Erectile Implants Post Phalloplasty
Most Common Complications
Ability to Void While Standing
Popularity of Phalloplasty Techniques
Satisfaction with Phalloplasty
Is It Worth It? What Trans Healthcare Providers Should Know About Phalloplasty

Publications and articles

Exploring Cross-sectional Predictors of Suicide Ideation, Attempt, and Risk in a Large Online Sample of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth and Young Adults (Oct 2018)
Laura E. Kuper, Noah Adams, & Brian S. Mustanski
This article examined, within the largest sample of TGNC young people to date, the contribution of demographics, minority stress, social support, and depressive symptoms in the cross-sectional prediction of three suicide-related outcomes (past-year attempt, past-year ideation, and a composite measure of suicide risk).

Guidance and Ethical Considerations for Undertaking Transgender Health Research and Institutional Review Boards Adjudicating this Research (Oct 2017)
Noah Adams, Ruth Pearce, Jaimie Veale, Asa Radix, Danielle Castro, Amrita Sarkar, & Kai Cheng Thom
The purpose of this review was to create a set of provisional criteria for Institutional Review Boards to refer to when assessing the ethical orientation of transgender health research proposals. The following nine guidelines resulted: (1) Whenever possible, research should be grounded, from inception to dissemination, in a meaningful collaboration with community stakeholders; (2) language and framing of transgender health research should be non-stigmatizing; (3) research should be disseminated back to the community; (4) the diversity of the transgender and gender diverse (TGGD) community should be accurately reflected and sensitively reflected; (5) informed consent must be meaningful, without coercion or undue influence; (6) the protection of participant confidentiality should be paramount; (7) alternative consent procedures should be considered for TGGD minors; (8) research should align with current professional standards that refute conversion, reorientation, or reparative therapy; and (9) IRBs should guard against the temptation to avoid, limit, or delay research on this subject.

Varied Reports of Adult Transgender Suicidality: Synthesizing and Describing Peer-Reviewed and Gray Literature (Apr 2017)
Noah Adams, Maaya Hitomi, & Cherie Moody
This article reports on the findings of a meta-synthesis, undertaken on peer-reviewed and gray transgender suicidality literature, to determine the average rate of suicidal ideation and attempts among the adult transgender population. Across the 42 studies that, between 1997 and February 2016, reported on 5 or more Canadian or U.S. adult participants, an average of 55% of respondents ideated about and 29% attempted suicide in their lifetimes. Within the past year, these averages were, respectively, 51% and 11%, or 14 and 22 times that of the general public. Overall, suicidal ideation was higher among individuals of a male-to-female (MTF) than female-to-male (FTM) alignment, and lowest among those who were gender non-conforming (GNC). Conversely, attempts occurred most often among FTM individuals, followed by MTF, and then GNC individuals.

Language and Trans Health (Dec 2016)
Walter Pierre Bouman, Amets Suess Schwend, Joz Motmans, Adam Smiley, Joshua D. Safer, Madeline Deutsch, Noah Adams, & Sam Winter
This article discusses the importance and use of language in transgender healthcare and proposes linguistic guidelines to be adapted in reviewing and accepting future submissions to WPATH and EPATH conferences and publications.

Finding Order in Chaos: Accounting for Variation in Estimates of Suicidality Among Transgender Adults (Jul 2015-MSW Thesis)
This study used a mixed methods design and methodological triangulation to examine the impact of 5 research variables (ethnicity, gender identity/sex at birth, education, suicidality questions, inclusion criteria) on variation in estimates of transgender suicidality. I found that high educational attainment doesn’t protect against suicidality, Black/African American ethnicity may, and that individuals assigned female at birth ideate less and attempt more than those assigned male at birth.

Resources for autistic trans folks

This handout has been provided at several conferences and consists of a list of resources for autistic folks who are also on the transgender spectrum. It is updated yearly, following the Philadelphia Transgender Wellness Conference (PTWC). The how-to video demonstrates how I made the fidget spinners that were handed out at the 2017 neuro/trans discussion group at PTWC. I’d like to give a big hand to Bike Pirates and Bike Sauce in Toronto, who provided the parts.

Neuro/Trans Resources
How to Make a Fidget Spinner

Resources for homeless and poor pets

This list is of free and cheap pet resources throughout the city, including pet food, veterinary care and foster services for people fleeing domestic violence.