Rupert Raj (with The Honourable Mayor David Miller and City Councillor Kyle Rae) receiving The City of Toronto Human Rights Pride Award, at City Hall, December 10, 2007. Photo by Jocelyn Richards.
Rupert Raj is a Eurasian-born, Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist, and Gender Specialist, as well as a consultant, clinical researcher, educator, guest university lecturer, writer, book editor, and professional trainer. I also have a longstanding history of trans advocacy across Canada and the USA since 1971.
I was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1952, to a Polish mother and East Indian father. I identify as a 'humansexual' (pansexual) trans man.
(For more information, please check out Wikipedia.)
I have a Bachelors in Psychology (Carleton University, 1975) and a Masters in Counseling Psychology (Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2001). I am a member of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH). As of April 2015, I am now a Canadian Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
I have been in clinical practice since 2000. I specialize in gender identity and sexual identity issues, and have extensive counselling experience working with female crossdressers and their partners, and with trans and queer people around transitioning or coming out, as well as a diversity of issues related to emotional health and personal growth.
Rupert Raj (with his sister) holding his Steinert & Ferreiro Award,
Community One Foundation, Toronto, October 22, 2010.
I also offer gender consulting services for both trans clients and professional providers, as well as professional development training for health care and social service providers, correctional officers, researchers, educators and policy makers. In terms of trans-specific education, I have presented at many conferences in North America and abroad, and have also appeared in the media.
In honour of my ongoing contributions to the transsexual/transgender community, I have received a number of accolades. Please check out my acceptance speeches for the 2007 City of Toronto's Access, Equity & Human Rights Pride Award and the 2010 Community One Foundation's Steinert & Ferreiro Award.
Rupert was inducted into the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (www.clga.ca)
on May 3, 2013 and his portrait is featured in the archives' National Portrait Collection. "The Rupert Raj collection" is housed at CLGA and comprises his trans-focussed newsletters, magazines, scrapbooks, books, videos, DVDs and photos from the 1970s to the present, including his unpublished poetry anthology, Of Souls and Roles, Of Sex and Gender (a 1980s compilation of 400+ poems written by trans people around the world).
PROFESSIONAL RESUME (2015)
COMMUNITY BIO (2015)
TRAINING & CONSULTING VENUES (2015)