Christine Newman is an outspoken woman from Toronto. Her writing appears in a number of publications both online and in print. This blog is the space for the teachable moments she discovers on her journey.
She is a published author, joining the group of 49 artist-contributors for Cuarenta y Nueve (available in hardcover and softcover editions), a tribute to the 49 lives lost at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. And you will find her writing in a new anthology, Brainstorm Revolution: true mental health stories of love, personal evolution, and cultural revolution, a collection of stories from 40 of the most inspiring people you will meet. She is currently writing her memoirs; the working title is The Journey to Me.
Christine has been an LGBTQ activist and advocate for 37 years, and an advocate for mental health/illness/injury for 27 years, focusing in recent years on PTSD, peer support, and first responder mental health, drawing on her own battle with PTSD and associated conditions for inspiration. She held various community roles working with the Toronto Police Service for 20 years, spending her last 6 years working with their LGBTQ2S Liaison Officer.
Christine now devotes her time to the National Women in Law Enforcement Association, as a Director & LGBTQ Liaison, with a future focus on mental health initiatives. She is also an advisor to the Voice for Mental Health Collective.
She has been seen in recent years as a reporter for community television show On The Couch, and can be heard a few times per year on CIUT 89.5 FM’s Rainbow Country or Cheri DiNovo’s The Radical Reverend. In 2015 she was part of the Global Television documentary 16X9 – The Fight for Trans Rights, has been heard or seen on CBC Metro Morning, CBC News at Six, CBC The National, CP24, CTV News Channel, Cheri DiNovo’s 3 Women on CIUT, discussing a range of topics. She has been quoted in articles in the National Post, the Huffington Post, and IN Magazine. She authored a column for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) in the summer of 2017, which continues to lead to many interesting conversations with police services nationally and internationally.
As an educator, she has delivered lectures at Ryerson University (Criminology Department) for 5 years, as well as providing training to University of Toronto Campus Police, TTC Transit Enforcement Unit, and many other services. Christine has also guest lectured at University of Toronto Medical School, Humber College’s Police Foundations Program, other educational institutions, plus leading seminars and delivering talks for a variety of organizations across Canada. She played a role in the development of Home Depot Canada’s Gender Transition Guide, and was the keynote speaker for their Orange Pride group at the national launch in September 2017. Her work is featured in presentations by the Vancouver Police Department’s LGBTQ Liaison Officer, and has been presented to University of British Columbia’s faculty, along with local corporate employee groups. She recently developed a full-day seminar on Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, which has been used in training programs for police recruiting staff and a version for supporting children will be offered soon for parents of TGNC children.
When not involved in writing, education, and speaking, she can be found indulging her musical side, playing a number of instruments for her own entertainment.
Christine refers to her personal four steps for the reasoning behind her involvements, delivering seminars or guest lectures, teaching classes, or for other speaking opportunities:
- Step 1 Education will lead to
- Step 2 Understanding which will develop into
- Step 3 Acceptance which will eventually become
- Step 4 Love.
Taking on a new challenge in 2019, Christine is moving from teaching and speaking full-time to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology (major in Forensic Psychology, minor in Neuropsychology), intending to focus her future work on eradicating the multiple stigmas faced by LGBTQ first responders.