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Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

In addition to reducing the required wait time between having sex and donating blood to one year for gay men, Canadian Blood Services is poised to release its first-ever guidance on how CBS personnel should respond to potential trans* donors: if it’s in you to give, then drop your pants. While the policy has not yet been [&hellip . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

Dented Blue Mercedes: On conscience-based medical exemptions

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is currently reviewing its Human Rights Code policy on conscience-based exemptions for medical professionals, and their effect on access to medical services.

This review was sparked by a number of news reports of doctors in Ontario and Alberta refusing to prescribe birth control because of their religious . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: On conscience-based medical exemptions

Dented Blue Mercedes: Nova Scotia Extends Health Care Coverage for Reassignment Surgery

After originally saying that it would not fund genital reassignment surgery, the Nova Scotia government has now said that it would extend health care funding coverage for the procedure.

Health Minister Dave Wilson is quoted as saying, “This is the right thing to do.”

I’ve written previously about why GRS is recognized as being medically . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Nova Scotia Extends Health Care Coverage for Reassignment Surgery

Dented Blue Mercedes: The non-operative word is not “sorry.”

I’m going to be writing about transition regrets and/or reversal of transition (sometimes from folks who remain trans-identified). Before I do, though, it seemed necessary to finish and put this article out there, as it lays the groundwork. I’d written about the decision to be non-operative previously, and had intended to leave it at that, . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: The non-operative word is not “sorry.”

Dented Blue Mercedes: Intersex Conditions within the Transsexual Brain / Why “Born This Way” Is Not the Point

A bit of point and counterpoint here, to provoke some thought.

I thought this portion of a lecture given by Robert Sapolsky at Stanford University, given in 2010, would be worth posting for folks who found this blog recently, and/or aren’t familiar with some of the medical discoveriess since the late 1990s. It gives a . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Intersex Conditions within the Transsexual Brain / Why “Born This Way” Is Not the Point

Dented Blue Mercedes: Trans Depathologization: the spark of change.

I watch a lot of news stories unfold, reading left-wing, centrist and right-wing media alike. In the course of a news story, issues ignite, blaze hotly and then smoulder into memory. After awhile, one develops some sense of when a campaign will spread like a prairie fire or when it will extinguish itself. The quest . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Trans Depathologization: the spark of change.

Art Threat: Everyone Needs Their Heart – Vancouver’s Fugitives sing against Bill C-31

Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod aren’t known for writing music with a political slant. When he’s not writing gorgeous western-tinged melodic songs, Adrian joins Brendan in the Vancouver band, The Fugitives, a four-piece composed of musicians who double as slam poets, writers, actors and hilarious accordion players (ok, there’s only one of those). . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Everyone Needs Their Heart – Vancouver’s Fugitives sing against Bill C-31

Dented Blue Mercedes: One More Thing.

Oh, and, uh, here’s one more thing.

This is for Albertan trans folks who filed human rights complaints following the delisting of GRS funding in 2009 and on into 2012,

Who’ve been lobbying through up to (I think it’s) five tries to pass trans-inclusive human rights legislation at the federal level,

Who called . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: One More Thing.

Dented Blue Mercedes: Alberta reinstates funding for Sex Reassignment Surgery

The Alberta Government has announced that it will be reinstating health care funding for sex reassignment surgery (often called gender reassignment surgery, and abbreviated as GRS by the province and its clinicians), effective June 15th.

In the recent provincial election, Premier Alison Redford was returned to power by an electorate that appears to have been . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Alberta reinstates funding for Sex Reassignment Surgery

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Medical Journal Kills For-Profit Lab Debate

I was surprised when the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) asked me to write an analysis piece on Canada’s medical laboratories. My book, False Positive, clearly lays out my position that for-profit labs have no place in our health care system, which is at odds with the close, and profitable, relationship between the labs and . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Medical Journal Kills For-Profit Lab Debate

The Scott Ross: How Abortion Is Making You Dumb

When people don’t talk about an issue because of fear, society becomes ignorant. Abortion is one such topic where ignorance abounds, and not just on one side of the debate either. The polarization of the issue has all but eliminated reasonable discussion, leaving most Canadians less than informed, and facing the sensationalistic extremes on either . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How Abortion Is Making You Dumb

Dented Blue Mercedes: Consent, the frequent far-right blind spot.

Concerned Women for America doesn’t grok consent. And they’re not alone. Anti-abortion campaigner Jill Stanek is joining them, along with several other right-wing figures in North America who have responded to the discussions surrounding the tactic of legally requiring women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before being able to access abortion services. Transvaginal ultrasounds are . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Consent, the frequent far-right blind spot.