Tina K. Russell

May 22, 2008

Thank you, Ottawa

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Tina Russell @ 11:48 am

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Michael A. Gilbert • Sex-change funding
[M]ost of us have no problem living in our birth-designated sex, and from the moment the nurse declares, “It’s a girl!” or, “It’s a boy!” everything seems to follow quite naturally. What we don’t realize is that we are the lucky ones. We do not have to struggle to pretend to be a gender that that does not fit, that feels unnatural and artificial. We are not mired in despair at not having a body that matches our mind. We are fortunate. We are not transsexual.

It goes on to describe how sexual reassignment surgery has recently been put back on Ottawa’s universal healthcare plan, as it is for most Canadian provinces, and how a socially conservative demagogue is fighting it every step of the way.

I don’t know if you quite know how good it feels to have someone stand up for you like this, in this op-ed. It’s heartwarming, it makes it worth it to go on. Props for this fella for standing up for transsexuals, for the Ottawa Citizen for publishing it as a special feature, and for Canada for standing up for my people. I have got to marry a Canadian.

Seriously, the passage I quoted just sums it up better than anything I could have written. Please, read the article, if you would.

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