Transgender Health Care: What Pharmacists Need to Know and Homone Replacement Therapy from the Patient Perspective

Shirl Gee (Endrogrinologist) & Chris Cochrane (Patient Advocate)

Part A: Hormone Replacement from the Patient Perspective

Speaker: Chris Cochrane

Chris is a prominent and beloved community advocate and entertainer in Halifax’s LGBTQIIA2S+community.  She is a transgender activist originally from Glace Bay, Cape Breton. Now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she better known by her drag persona Elle Noir. Chris has been at the forefront of many issues addressing both the LGBTQIIA2S+ community as well as the POC community. Chris speaks about her lived experience as a Trans Woman of Color, in various settings, including schools and universities. She volunteers her services for many community organizations, particularly youth programs. Chris is known for spanning many communities and continues to try and bring those communities together.


A description of the mental and physical effects of HRT through the eyes of a person who has been through it from the initial stage to post surgery. 

Part B: Transgender Health Care: What Pharmacists Need to Know

Speaker: Shirl Gee

Dr. Gee is one of the most reputable doctors for hormone therapy in Halifax’s LGBTQIIA2S+community. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, with honors, at the University of Calgary and her M.D at the University of Alberta. She is currently working for the Division of Endocrinology at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and is an Assistant Professor for Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Gee currently sits as the Program Director for the Endocrinology Residency Training Committee in Halifax, NS. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers and presented works at many national and International conferences in topics such as ‘Endocrine Diseases in Pregnancy’, ‘Cross Hormone Therapy for Gender Transition’ and ‘Transgenderism’.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of gender identity and its variances
  • Gain an understanding of the principles of hormone therapy for gender transition
  • Gain an understanding of potential complications of hormone therapy



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