Maggie's Toronto SWAP: Pre-Registration Application For Individual Counselling
At Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project we're pleased to announce the expansion of our mental health programming through free virtual counselling services for sex workers in Toronto & the GTA!

Starting in May we will be offering short-term counselling sessions & secondary referrals for gender-affirming surgeries with our in-house counsellor Alex Norris M.S.W. (they/them) until September 2021.

*Please complete this form to pre-register for counselling sessions and/or secondary referrals*

Pre-registration helps us to facilitate quick booking when our program opens. Eligible applicants will be referred to make an appointment when the program starts.

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About the Sessions:


Alex will be providing:
1) One-on-one counselling sessions
2) Secondary assessment/referral for bottom surgeries

*Participants can choose one service or both. One-on-one counselling sessions focus on the specific needs of participants and can cover a broad range of topics*

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Secondary assessments are required for OHIP prior-approval for lower (genital) surgeries only. Upper (chest) surgeries do not require a secondary assessment, and as a social worker, Alex cannot complete primary assessments. That said, if your primary referrer (physician/nurse practitioner) wants a letter documenting gender dysphoria symptoms to support their referral, Alex would be happy to provide this.

For more info on the OHIP process see: https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/TransRelatedSurgery-FAQ-2017-final.pdf"

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Eligibility:


These sessions will be offered at no-cost to current and former sex workers in the Toronto & GTA area. We are prioritizing applicants from marginalized groups (Queer/Trans, Black and Indigenous Communities of Colour [QT/BIPOC]) who face significant systemic barriers to accessing these types of services.

Eligible applicants will qualify for 1-6 sessions depending on their needs. Appointments will be provided through video or phone calls.

Please note that this is a short-term service and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer the service to everyone who applies.

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About Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project:


We're one of Canada's oldest by and for sex worker justice organizations. We've served Toronto's downtown east end since 1986.

Our mission is to empower sex workers to live and work with safety and dignity and to lead the fight for decriminalization and sex workers’ rights in Canada.

We provide a wide-range of services and supports, but our organization is unique in that we are run by and for local sex workers and operate on the belief that sex work is real, legitimate and valuable work. We run regular drop-in programming, street outreach, safe sex and drug use supplies as well as political and legal advocacy. Maggie's runs culturally specific programming and resources for Indigenous sex workers, Black sex workers as well as non-binary, trans and 2Spirit communities.

COVID-19 has radically altered our work. We are no longer able to access our physical offices and drop-in space and have shifted most of our work to virtual platforms with limited street outreach. As many of our community members have been excluded from government aid and emergency support we've stepped in and expanded our work to provide emergency grants, food boxes, street outreach, mental health services, and more!


Maggie’s is founded on a number of principles which guides our activities:

-Sex work is socially legitimate, important, and valuable work;
-Sex work is not the same as human trafficking;
-Sex worker empowerment stops human trafficking;
-Sex work is not intrinsically dangerous, oppressive or exploitative;
-Selling sex is a pragmatic and sensible response to a limited range of financial options;
-The oppression of sex workers does not affect everyone in the same way; and
-Sex workers can be safer sex professionals.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Acting Operations Director Estelle at Estelle@maggiesto.org
Your name (legal name not required) *
Your email address *
Your phone number *
Are you in agreement with Maggie's mission and principles? (listed above in section: About Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project) *
Do you reside/work in Toronto or the GTA area? *
We are prioritizing applicants who are Queer/Trans, Black and Indigenous Communities of Colour (QT/BIPOC). Please tell us how you identify. *
Please select the services you are interested in. Please note that upon booking the appointment you will be asked again which service(s) you are seeking: *
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