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"Word of Mouth" How The Trans+ Community Found Itself

Association for Canadian Transsexuals (ACT)

The Association for Canadian Transsexuals (ACT) was born out of the Community Homophile Association of Toronto (CHAT)—one of the first organizations serving Toronto’s gay and lesbian communities during the 1970s. This made ACT one of the earliest transgender organizations in Toronto and Canada. It was never very large, mostly organizing under CHAT’s umbrella.

Diana LaMonte discussing ACT and CHAT - February 14, 2020

Diana LaMonte was the one of the founders of the Association for Canadian Transsexuals. Listen to her recount the group’s origins.

Aaron Devor Discussing CHAT - June 17, 2020

In his oral history, Aaron Devor remembers meeting transgender folks through CHAT. He goes on to describe the atmosphere around Trans+ inclusion at that time.

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