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Here you will be able to find research programs that the Red Deer Queer Community Association has agreed to support from across Canada that benefit the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community. 

If you are a researcher and would like to extend an inquiry to RDQCA about being a part of your study, please contact us at

Heart-Health Study for Trans* and Gender-Diverse Individuals

This Calgary-based study seeks to understand how gender-affirming hormone therapy effects heart health in transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals.

Dr. Sofia Ahmed

Research Study Lead


Transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals face significant societal and healthcare-related challenges, including unclear heart health risks associated with gender-affirming hormone therapy use that are not well researched, discussed or understood by patients or providers. Therefore, the results of our study may be used to begin improving care provision in this high-risk population.

Volunteering participants will participate in 2 in-person research sessions at the Foothills Medical Centre. The first session will be a screening session followed by assessment of arterial health, and a second session measuring blood pressures over 4-hours. We are pleased to offer compensation for time and parking for those participants who participate. This study has been approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary.

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Seeking Black members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community

This survey will identify key data about the demographic makeup and needs of Black 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Canada to generate community-led insights and recommendations on potentially establishing a national Black-led and Black-focused 2SLGBTQI+ organization.

Timaaj Hassen they/them/iel

"Back to Our Roots" Project Coordinator

Coordination du Projet « Retrouver nos racines »

ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwaciwâskahikan)

To be eligible to participate in this survey, respondents must be:

  • Older than 15 years of age

  • Identify as Black (African, Afro-Caribbean, African-Canadian, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Indigenous, African Nova-Scotian)

  • Identify as 2SLGBTQI+

  • Reside in Canada (regardless of immigration status).

Participants in this survey will remain anonymous.

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