Researching for LGBTQ Health

Re/DeTrans Canada

The Re/DeTrans Canada research study is a qualitative, interview-based project that seeks to build knowledge and supports for detransitioners, retransitioners, people who stop transitioning, and others who experience shifts in gender identity after initiating a gender transition.[1]

Our study objectives are to examine how individuals experience changes to how they experience their sex and gender, transition and detransition processes (social, legal, medical), and to identify detransition-related healthcare and social support needs. We also aim to develop better guidance for care providers who work with trans, nonbinary, gender-fluid, detrans/retrans, and other gender diverse populations who change the direction of their transitions.

Team Members:

  • Dr. Kinnon R. MacKinnon (Principal Investigator; Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, York University
  • Dr. Alex Abramovich
  • Dr. Hannah Kia
  • Dr. Travis Salway
  • Dr. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan
  • Dr. Lori Ross
  • Florence Ashley (PhD candidate)
  • Ariel Gould (PhD student)
  • Gabriel Enxuga (Research Assistant)

Main Contact:

  • Dr. Kinnon R. MacKinnon (

Major Funding Sources:

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Insight Development) funded this project.

Project Outcomes:


1. We define transition as inclusive of any social, legal, and/or medical interventions to affirm a transgender/nonbinary identity. We define detransition as inclusive of any social, legal, and/or medical interventions to discontinue or reverse a past gender transition, specifically associated with a change in how the individual experiences their sex or gender. We define retransition as re-initiating a transition following a temporary detransition, and we also recognize that some individuals may apply the term "retransition" as a term to describe transition discontinuation/reversal or shifting from a binary trans identity (e.g., FTM) to nonbinary.