Government Offers Little Defense for Cutting Funding for Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) at Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Hearing

Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 a.m.
Queen’s Park Press Gallery
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Hearing completed on Tuesday, April 19, 2005.

Susan Ursel – Partner, Green & Chercover
Lawyer for Martine Stonehouse & two other complainants
Cynthia Petersen – Partner, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell
Lawyer for Michelle Josef
Susan Gapka – Rainbow Health Network
Anna Travers – Sherbourne Health Centre, Program Manager, LGBTT Services
Egale Canada representative, Hilary Cook, will present signed Postcards from supporters across Ontario to pressure the Liberal Government to restore funding for SRS.
On October 1, 1998 the Provincial government removed funding for Sex Reassignment Surgery without consultation with medical professionals or the transsexual community. On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Hearing concluded its lengthy proceedings on whether cutting funding was discriminatory. SRS is an essential medical procedure to complete the transition process from one sex to another and to improve the quality of life for transsexual persons.
Supported by Rainbow Health Network (Reference Group of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario), Egale Canada, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Sherbourne Health Centre, and the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario.
For more information:
Susan Gapka
Susan Ursel
Cynthia Petersen
Anna Travers
Hilary Cook