Affirm – Social Transition Clothing Project


Affirm is a one-year, participatory action research project that will match trans and gender diverse youth with clothing that expresses their authentic gender. Kind Space, in partnership with United Way Ottawa, are undergoing this research project in order to determine the need and impact of offering transitioning youth clothing in order to build self-confidence and to reduce anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria in transition youth within Ottawa. 

For the purposes of this research, youth is defined between 14 – 30. 

The timeline for this project is December 7, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

Important dates & events

Clothing Swap and Launch Party!

Calling all trans and gender diverse youth (under 30) in Ottawa! Are you looking for gender-affirming clothing? Join us Sunday July 21st, 2019 at Kind Space from 1-3pm for a clothing swap to help us launch our Affirm Project.

Affirm is a partnership project between Kind Space and United Way, which is a participatory action research project. The project’s focus is to look at the impact gender-affirming clothing (and accessories) have on the mental health and wellbeing of trans youth. We’re doing this by involving trans youth as active participants in the research, which means the knowledge coming out of the project will be for trans youth, and by trans youth. Affirm will be offering free new clothing/accessories to trans youth in Ottawa.

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What is Participatory Action Research?

“Nothing about us without us!”

“Participatory Action Research (PAR) is an approach to enquiry which has been used since the 1940s. It involves researchers and participants working together to understand a problematic situation and change it for the better. There are many definitions of the approach, which share some common elements. PAR focuses on social change that promotes democracy and challenges inequality; is context-specific, often targeted on the needs of a particular group; is an iterative cycle of research, action and reflection; and often seeks to ‘liberate’ participants to have a greater awareness of their situation in order to take action. PAR uses a range of different methods, both qualitative and quantitative.” – Participatory Methods