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claiming surgery as a medical expense for taxes [Sep. 1st, 2013|12:37 pm]

Hey folks,

I had top surgery in April of 2012 with Hugh McLean in Mississauga. (Great experience, and I'm quite happy with my results!) I claimed it as a medical expense when I filed my taxes, and now my medical expenses are being reviewed. Basically, I'm being audited, and have to provide documentation. I have receipts, so supplying those is no problem. I'm not sure what other documentation they might be looking for. All I have other than the receipt from the clinic is a copy of the official form to change my sex on my birth certificate (for Nova Scotia, where I was born), signed by the surgeon and notarized.

Has anyone else claimed surgery as a medical expense on their taxes and then had it questioned? What documentation did you have to provide, and what was the outcome?

In case any of this is relevant, I live in British Columbia. Top surgery is covered in BC, but I was initially turned down by the assessors on the basis of unrelated mental health stuff (PTSD relating to sexual abuse when I was an adolescent). After getting strung along for a while, I found out I had no chance of being approved for another year, and would then be at the bottom of the lengthy waitlist whenever I did finally get approved. I also wasn't feeling great about what I'd heard about the BC surgeon's fat phobia. Around this time, my mother inherited some money after my grandmother died, and she offered to give me a portion of the inheritance money to pay for surgery with Dr McLean.

Thanks in advance for any information you may be able to give me!
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U.S. Genderqueer Denied Entry to Visit Canadian Partner [May. 12th, 2013|10:45 pm]


Very disturbing information has emerged about an incident which recently occurred at the Peace Bridge, one of the road crossings along the Canada / U.S. border, at the hands of Canada’s federal Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Toby, 25, is an American citizen and resident of New York state. Identifying as genderqueer, Toby does not use gendered pronouns (such as he or she).

On Wednesday May 1st, Toby boarded a Megabus route from NYC to Toronto, intending to visit their partner of 8 months, Graysen, who is a Canadian living in the Greater Toronto Area.

Read more at the source.

Please read and share.

This incident involved myself and my partner. We would like people to spread the news around and expose the CBSA for its transphobia, ableism and classism.

x-posted to transgender
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Parliament passes C-279 Trans Rights bill [Mar. 20th, 2013|07:58 pm]


Bill C-279 has passed. That's two Parliaments in a row which have (albeit reluctantly) voted in favour of granting trans people the same rights they take for granted. But of course "Prime Minister Stephen Harper, most of his front bench and the vast majority of his backbenchers opposed it." Quelle surprise. And cue the obligatory bathroom bill nonsense "such as the argument that pedophiles would be protected when they lurked in public bathrooms" which deliberately conflates trans people with pedophiles.

It's strange, but in the more than 150 jurisdictions in North America alone where similar protections have been enacted, not one trans person has ever been charged with a sexual assault in a washroom. Not one. You can't say that for Conservatives.

Now it has to get through the Senate, where Bill Siksay's bill died during the last election.
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Trepidations in passport gender marker change [Jan. 20th, 2013|10:37 pm]

I have been having a wild time trying to change my passport gender marker. Can anybody help?
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manitoba services update for everyone who needs a diagnosis and/or a letter [Dec. 4th, 2012|12:52 pm]

Just thought I'd pass on the news that Dr. Robin Westmacott is now doing assessments at the Wolseley Elm with Dr. Henderson. Apparently Dr. Westmacott hasn't been doing trans-specific care for very long, but reports so far suggest that she's open-minded, compassionate, and consistent in her approach. If you'd like to give a first-hand account of a session with her, feel free to post it here or message me about it if you'd prefer it not to be connected with your account.
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Questionnarie about the family experience [Nov. 20th, 2012|07:19 pm]
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

Hi Everyone,

My name is Rachel and I am a grade 12 student at a high school in Ontario, Canada.

As part of my “Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society” course, I chose to focus my independent study project on the diverse family experiences of transgender people. I have composed the following questionnaire as a means of collecting direct input from non cisgendered people about the unique challenges and experiences that they may face within their families. This is an anonymous questionnaire so you will not be required to disclose any names unless you wish to and your answers will not be shared with anyone other than myself and my teacher. You must be at least high school aged to complete this survey. If there are any questions that you feel uncomfortable answering, are unsure about how to answer or if the question doesn’t apply to you, simply place an “NA” in the space below the question.

If you are interested in filling out the questionnaire, please click on this link and then send your answers to me via email to: with the right number in front of each answer so I know which question to match it up with.
Thank you so much for helping me out!

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Newly Back in AB [May. 10th, 2012|09:21 pm]

Me and My Gf are looking for new Coupled friends in Edmonton Myself am Very Stealth 8 years on t and post Top -Hysto 6 years We ID as a Straight Couple Ive lived in Edmonton BEfore but most i knew moved away and my Gf Shes New to Edmonton So if any ones from Edmonton Comment here or Email I check my Email daily as its a work one and Its for my Tattoos
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Preventative health care in LGBTQ communities [Mar. 15th, 2012|12:27 pm]


Thank you to all those who have passed this on, and to those who have responded. They are hoping to recruit more participants in Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton especially trans and genderqueer folks, and people who identify as bisexual or lesbian. If you are interested in participating, just send an email message to and they'll get back to you right away.
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Gender & Sexuality Icons [Jan. 8th, 2012|06:22 am]

[mood |sicksick]
[music |TV in the background]

I hope this type of post is okay!  If not, give me word and I'll delete it. :)

41 Icons
+Gender and sexuality symbols and flags


Find the rest HERE.
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Facebook Gender Hack~ [Jan. 7th, 2012|11:37 pm]

[mood |sicksick]
[music |TV in the background]

THIS is a video that shows you how to hack your Facebook profile to actually display no gender.  All of your updates will read as [Name] changed their profile picture or whatever you did.

The video shows how to do it using Safari, but FireFox users can do it the same way if they have the Firebug add-on installed. :)

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