Beyond the Binary in BC

Taking a patient-oriented and trauma-informed approach to building partnerships and dialogue to incorporate gender equity into women’s health research

Dedicated women’s health research is a relatively recent milestone. Yet, people across the gender spectrum benefit from research framed as “women’s” health. Available guidance for including trans, non-binary, and intersex people in this work has not acknowledged the social, historical and political contexts that led to centering cisgender women (women whose gender aligns with their gender assigned at birth) in “women’s” health research.

Beyond the Binary is a multi-stakeholder, participatory project intended to inform guidance for gender-equitable practice within BC’s women’s health research community. Through collaboration with people from trans, non-binary, intersex, Two-Spirit, queer, research, health, ethics, and academic communities, we aim to develop context-specific guidance, resources, and recommendations for researchers and health decision-makers.

Toward these objectives, Beyond the Binary will:

  • Distribute a survey to assess current gender-equity research initiatives across BC and identify multiple strategies and perspectives for generating gender-equitable research practices.
  • Facilitate two educational workshops for researchers and trainees on the topics of sexual and gender minority populations and trauma and resiliency informed practice.
  • Create two knowledge exchange activities to facilitate dialogue on gender-equitable practice among diverse stakeholders and communities.

The Women’s Health Research Institute, alongside other health research stakeholders, have organizational commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion. These commitments are not attainable without examining institutionalized activities and practices that perpetuate colonial, cissexist, heterocentric, ableist, patriarchal white supremacy. Thus, we are excited that Beyond the Binary will contribute to this conversation and be the catalyst for the development of gender-equitable research practices across BC.

Co-Principal Investigators
Dr. Angela Kaida

Bev Pomeroy

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU | Scientific Advisory, Women’s Health Research Institute

Patient and Community Engagement Specialist, BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre

Project Manager
Dr. Stephanie Skourtes

Interim Knowledge Translation Manager, Women’s Health Research Institute

Project Team

Maya Kevorkova

Julia Santana Parrilla

Dr. Lori Brotto

Melissa Nelson

Tamara Baldwin

Dr. Skye Barbic

Wendy Bond

Lindsay Carpenter

Dr. Michelle Chan

Laurel Evans

Dr. Liisa Galea

Dr. Lorraine Greaves

Faith Jabs

AJ Murray

Dr. Ann Pederson

Dr. Wendy Robinson

Dr. Caroline Sanders

Dr. Gavin C.E. Stuart

Dr. Saraswathi Vedam

Beyond the Binary Research Assistant, University of British Columbia

Beyond the Binary Project Researcher, University of British Columbia

Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute

Communications Coordinator, Women’s Health Research Institute

Director, Office of Regional and International Community Engagement, University of British Columbia

Research Lead, Foundry

Research Ethics Coordinator, Compliance & Outreach, University of British Columbia

Trainee, University of Northern British Columbia

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia

Director, Research Ethics, University of British Columbia

Head of the Women’s Health Research Cluster, University of British Columbia

Senior Investigator, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

Trainee, University of British Columbia 

Knowledge Translation Coordinator, Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital

Director, Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital

Associate Director, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia

Professor and Interim Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia

Lead Investigator at The Birthplace Lab

This work is funded by a Michael Smith Health Research BC Convening and Collaborating award.