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November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  I want to answer your questions with a question: why did you choose to have red hair?

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  However, I would say to you that I'm surprised your parents didn't just dye your hair black when you were a child so that you wouldn't get beaten up when you went to school.

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  I'm just trying to—

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  I guess I would also add that the DSM, which is the medical journal that lists gender dysphoria as a disability, for most of the 20th century listed homosexuality as a curable disorder. They finally changed that. There's the same kind of controversy going on about that, not onl

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  Yes. It's beyond my hands. I'll stick to Mozart, myself. That's a big, big job, which is outside the realm of.... I think it's a different issue that we're discussing here.

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  Well, without question, it was when I was transitioning that I would be accosted on the street by people, or things said to me constantly on the New York subways—over and above the way that people talk to you on the New York subway anyway—with various opinions about how I looked

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  It's a humorous story, but it certainly tells of one of the perils that we face as transgendered people. We're made up of so many things. We're born in the way that we're born, and yet society is the part that gives us the sheet of paper and says, okay, here's your box. Well, wha

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  Oh, greatly, I think, simply because I think it's a very fundamental human need to belong. We all want to know where we belong, with whom, and who our peers are. Certainly when I was an adolescent I knew I had gender issues and questions, but when I first went to college and I

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  In Canada, I myself have had no problems with that. I think the best anecdote I can tell is a rather humourous one, of going to an emergency room in New York City and sitting down because I had a raging flu. The nurse asked me various questions about my age and weight and so for

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  That's a bit of.... I'll be here all week. Thank you. Don't forget to tip the server.

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  But what's pertinent to the story particularly is going into a hospital emergency room, when one might be in great distress and maybe not in one's most communicative state, being able to say “I am a transgendered woman”, and having the nurses and doctors know, okay, that means A,

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  I should add in a more serious vein that because I was rather butchered by a doctor in Bangkok, where I originally went for surgery, it was after I moved to Canada that I sought corrective surgery. There were no doctors who performed this kind of surgery anywhere west of Montreal

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  I've just been watching about an hour of Parliament, and I don't ever want to go in that room again.

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  No, I'm going to let my colleague speak to that. I wouldn't put myself in the position to say what the Canadian Parliament should do.

November 20th, 2012
Committee meeting

Dr. Sara Davis Buechner

Justice committee  Yes, this is absolutely true. In fact, I cited specific instances. When I was asked to leave a job, I consulted a lawyer—a rather high-priced one, I might add—who advised me simply to quit, that it would not be worth my time and money to fight the case, and that it would make me