Christine Newman is a proud and outspoken transgender woman from Toronto. Her columns currently appear in a number of publications including Living Toronto Journal, Gender Fabulous! Magazine, Queer Voices, and assorted others. This blog is the space for her thoughts and musings around her personal daily battles and experiences.
She has been an LGBTQ activist for 35 years (recently retired from much of that work), and has been an outspoken advocate for mental health, particularly PTSD & C-PTSD, drawing on her own daily battles with both for inspiration in her advocacy work. Her greatest hope is to eliminate the stigma around mental health and mental illness in her lifetime.
The organization boards she has been a member of, or groups and organizations she was a founding member of are too many to list here, but some of her most recent involvements were founding the Toronto Trans Alliance (now part of a larger umbrella group), and currently is the very first trans woman to sit as Civilian Co-Chair of the Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee.
While doing everything possible to avoid being in front of a camera, she has been seen often over the past year, as an on-air interviewer/reporter for community television show On The Couch, and can be heard on a semi-regular basis on CIUT 89.5 FM’s Rainbow Country as a guest while working behind the scenes as a segment producer. In 2015/2016 she was part of the Global Television documentary 16X9 – The Fight for Trans Rights, has appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning, CBC News at Six, and The National discussing various topics of interest. She has been quoted in news items in the National Post and the Huffington Post.
Thoroughly invested in education, she lectures with her close friend and work partner Danielle Bottineau, TPS LGBTQ Liaison Officer, delivering a Seasonal Lecture Series each semester for Ryerson University, as well as providing training to U of T Campus Police and other services. She refers to her personal four steps regularly for the reasoning behind all of her involvements, particularly in delivering seminars, full guest lectures, or other opportunities: Step 1 Education will lead to Step 2 Understanding; Step 2 Understanding will develop into Step 3 Acceptance; Step 3 Acceptance will eventually develop into Step 4 Love.
She has two great loves in her life, her partner who she refers to as ‘Nurse Sunshine’, and her feline companion of the past 15 years, ‘Miss Heidi, Queen of all She surveys’.
If you want to know more, just ask. Reach out to contact via this blog, or through one of her many columns. While her calendar fills up quickly each year, you can ask for Christine and Danielle to deliver a presentation/lecture for your class or organization.
Peace out kittens! ❤❤