The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of every person and endeavors to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination. RNAO believes that sexually and gender diverse communities should be respected.
RNAO denounces any kind of stigmatization, discrimination and social exclusion based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Certain views and assumptions about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression can be harmful and create conditions that result in human rights violations and health inequities. Health inequities can be intensified when other identities and determinants of health intersect with gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
Position Statement - Launched -EN- June 2021 link-here
Énoncé de position - version en français cliquez- ici
The purpose of this BPG is to provide nurses and other members of the interprofessional team with evidence-based recommendations on foundational, inclusive and affirming care practices for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and additional (2SLGBTQI+) people. This BPG is also to be used to enhance the safety of health-service organizations, schools and academic organizations for 2SLGBTQI+ communities through the adoption of evidence-based practices. Safe and inclusive environments enable nurses and other members of the interprofessional team to improve access and optimize health outcomes for those receiving care.
In response to a request from interested parties from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health reporting on the health of LGBTQIA2 communities in Canada, RNIG presented a list of 7 recommendations to address health inequities faced by sexual and gender minorities in Canada on May 17, 2019 (here EN ici - FR).
The resulting report of the Standing Committee on Health and it's recommendations are contained in the document "The Health of LGBTQIA2 Communities in Canada (https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/421/HESA/Reports/RP10574595…).