Folks Hormonally and/or Surgically Transitioning Gender
BLOOM offers unique and innovative program for people 18+ wishing to engage in hormonal and/or surgical gender transition. Services are available for Trans* people living with mental health and substance misuse issues who are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed.
* Within the BLOOM Network, the term Trans is intended to celebrate and honour individuals who identify as two-spirit, trans or gender-expansive. The term is meant to broadly reflect an all-embracing, inclusive canopy that recognizes trans individuals, individuals who identify with the binary or those with non-binary identities. It is intended to capture those with culture-specific genders, fluid identities, as well as all other identities on the trans and gender expansive spectrum which include expression, roles and/or perceived gender norms.
BLOOM housing is available in two Toronto locations, in the east and west ends, offering a safe space where residents can confidently and successfully live and grow during what can be a very difficult and vulnerable time. Residents are provided with case management and practical daily support with a holistic approach.
Another important part of BLOOM is its Partnership Network, made up of more than twenty service providers including primary health care, mental health care and support services for housing, legal, education and career placement. The BLOOM Network ensures program participants have access to a range of services in a trans-positive environment.
The goal of the BLOOM program is to support each person to successfully follow their individual journey of transition so that each person is equipped with the skills and resilience they will need to live and prosper in their authentic gender identity.
In December, 2017, BLOOM received the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Diversity PRIDE Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit Issues.