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claiming surgery as a medical expense for taxes [Sep. 1st, 2013|12:37 pm]
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einsideout
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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Trepidations in passport gender marker change [Jan. 20th, 2013|10:37 pm]
Trans Canada

from_bohemia
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]
Trans Canada

uncommon_crow
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]
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sparkleinquirer
[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

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NwBohuaLA7C0DetWxCPjkHR0knO6KQzODK1aSIRAGTM/edit and then send your answers to me via email to: R_T_world@hotmail.com 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]
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mbfurrycub
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 Inkbug@live.com 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]
Trans Canada

tyresias
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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 LGBTQ@innovativeresearch.ca and they'll get back to you right away.
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Gender & Sexuality Icons [Jan. 8th, 2012|06:22 am]
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slinkslowdown
[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

Teasers:


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

Cross-posted.
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