I am sure breast reduction surgery for medical reasons will still receive medical funding? And what about the costs of correcting cleft pallets and other physical disorders?
These “humanitarians” should be made aware that gender reassignment surgery is not merely “cosmetic”, but a life-saving procedure for people who cannot face life trapped in the wrong physical gender – and due to social intolerance often cannot fund their own transitions. How many people around the world commit suicide because they can no longer endure living in the wrong gender? How man others resort to illegal and self destructive means to raise the funding necessary to afford such a procedure privately?
Funding being an issue, are they going to stop the other procedures as well? How about stopping cataract operations? Surely sight is a luxury and purely cosmetic? Cutting off this vital resource is in fact no less than an act of prejudice which strips away hope from so many people and is yet another sleight to the transgender citizens of the world.
I hope the GLBT advocacy groups in Canada are going to take this up? Or are they going to stay quiet like the unbelievably transphobic and trans-hostile UK group “Stonewall UK”? GLBT around the world need to stick together to overcome prejudice and discrimination such as this!
Well, I was going to make a similar comment, but you pretty much said it all, Christina. Spot on. People need to learn that A) transsexuals genuinely were born in the wrong bodies and B) they face significant mental health risks unless their situation is dealt with.
One thing I’ll add is that I bet the Albertan taxpayers were thrilled. I can’t go one day here in Britain without hearing how taxpayers disapprove of how “their” money is being “wasted” on services they don’t need, for people they don’t care about. Newsflash: it’s not your money anymore, it’s the government’s. And a good thing, too. People who know me might think that’s an odd thing for me to say, given how corrupt I think the state is. My point is that it’s still a damn sight better than populist rule. If it were up to “the taxpayer”, we’d probably still have slavery.