OK, Johnny Hetero, roll with me on this one. You wake up tomorrow morning and all of a sudden you're a woman.
Everything about you mentally, emotionally is male.
You like to fight, spit, swear, drive truck, crush beers and belch.
You are a man ... man.
But physically you are a woman. Well, after a week of playing with your boobs, it would be terrible.
Your life would be ruined. There would be no getting used to it.
You would suffer depression, anxiety and stress about everything you ever do, and would have difficulty keeping a job.
Well, for a bargain basement price of between 17 and 70 grand the provincial government can fix that. Well, they could have, but not any more.
In an attempt to save 700 grand annually, Alberta Health and Wellness will discontinue sex-change operations.
"Why should we pay for something that can't be proven? Prove you shoulda been a woman?"
Why don't you prove that you're clinically depressed and not just lazy. We pay for that.
These people are not gay. They don't get their jollies in fishnet stockings and lipstick. This isn't a Thai Lady Boy.
Aside from the the obvious, they're normal people. They're not flamboyant, they're not confused, they're broken and we can fix 'em for dirt cheap.
This isn't cosmetic. A nose job, boob job, lipo, botox or collagen. This isn't something they've done to themselves, like lung-cancer-smoker guy, or severe-head-wound-quad-riding guy, liver-disease-alchoholic guy, or tanning-salon-skin-cancer girl.
If Bobby Bigot wants to make this a taxpayer issue ... news flash. They pay taxes. They pay into Alberta Health Care.
In the meantime ... I'll just shut my big yap.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Positive Commentary From A Place I'd Not Expect
In particular, a columnist for the Edmonton Sun who goes by the name Yukon Jack, covers the GRS issue in terms anyone can understand: