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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, January 25, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 23 Society considers him just an 'it' OTTAWA (CP) Lee Davies says he is just an "it" as far as society is concerned. He is a slender, 30-year-old Ottawa native not too tall, who likes wearing blue jeans, -oes to hockey games and rolls his own cigarettes. But the wispy-bearded young man has an unusual problem. The Ontario govrnment refuses to record his sexual status as male on his birth certificate. He made headlines recently when Albert Roy, Liberal member for Ottawa East rais- ed the birth-certificate question in the On- tario legislature. In a series of operations at the Ottawa Civic and Grace hospitals between 1970 and last spring, Mr. Davies underwent the first female-to-male sex change in Canada. It was expected that a birth-certificate change would allow him to marry but that change has not been forthcoming. In a recent interview he said that the basic issue is his legal status. He asked why Canadian provinces do not follow the example of Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain and some American states and allow trans-sexuals the right to have their First female-to-male sex change patient tells story birth certificates altered to the appropriate sex. In the process Mr. Davies faced other setbacks. He could not claim the J1.800 cost of his sex-change operations under the Ontario medical insurance plan. Only in British Columbia and Quebec are sex changes covered under provincial medical insurance plans. Another problem was that for several years doctors were reluctant to undertake such operations. From birth until the first operation, Mr. Davies was known as Lee Ann Davies. But between the ages of 7 and II, Lee Ann began to sense something was wrong. "I was more sure that there was something different about me." She began to'feel attracted to girls and women and favored rough-and-tumble boys' sports over girlish activities. "I was never feminine in any Mr. Davies said. "1 was always dressing in male attire. I couldn't keep a dress on." Lee Ann was not far into her teens before her parents and everyone else she knew were convinced she was a lesbian. She had trouble at school. "The principal told me that if I couldn't dress as a female, don't come back to school." At age 14 she was expelled. After the expulsion she drifted, at first staying home to hide from public ridicule. She was sure she was male but her body belied the instincts. "No matter how much I tried to explain people just couldn't under- stand." Even attempts to get medical help failed at first. Some doctors laughed; others rec- ommended psychiatric help for sexual orien- tation. About 1962, she turned to heavy use of drugs. The drug habit was expensive but it blotted out reality. Unemployed, she turned to prostitution. During the four-or five-year involvement with prostitution, she gave birth to three chil- dren. Two of the children, a 10-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, live with Mr. Davies now. An 11-year-old son lives with his grandmother. That period of misery ended when in 1965 Lee Ann, through a family physician, found doctors willing to perform sex-change sur- gery. The first operation in 1970 was a hysterec- tomy, an operation to remove the uterus. In a 1972 mastectomy both breasts were removed. Finally, in May 1974, surgeons performed a colopectomy, an operation to remove the mucuous membranes and close the vagina. Ever since then and for the rest of his life Mr. Davies will have to receive twice-weekly injections of testosterone, the male hormone. Reacting to the injections, he has sprouted a modest crop of hair on his face and body. Initially he had a recurrence of adolescent acne. For friends and acquaintances, there was no need to adjust suddenly to his new physical state. He had looked and acted enough like a man before the transformation to be accepted as one even by those who didn't know he was a trans-sexual. Apparently the children had no trouble ad- justing either. 'Two years ago I came home and I just told them they were going to have a dad instead of a he said. "They went outside and shouted to their friends that they were going to have a father." Publicizing his story hasn't caused any problems for his children at school, said Mr. Davies. Although he is the first person to have a female-to-male sex change in Canada, there are others living in Ottawa who have had the same operation in the United States or Europe. "The public should be he said, "because trans-sexuals are a set of peo- ple who are going to emerge and stand up for their rights." They are basically no different from per- sons born with other genetic defects, Mr Davies contended. But people who applaud doctors straightening a curved spine or fixing a club foot may shudder in disgust when sur- geons try to redress the cruel genetic joke played on those born with the wrong sexual organs. "People think I have to prove I'm a said Mr. Davies. "I don't have to prove a damn thing." He doesn't see himself as a crusader for the legal right of trans-sexuals. "I just feel I have the guts to fight for what I he said. He doesn't regret the medical and legal hassles now. "It's he said, breaking into a wide grin. "I couldn't feel more satisfac- tion." Oldest winery employs first saleswoman ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (CP) In the beginning, pe- destrians would give Carol Taplay a long, hard stare when she walked into a strange town and asked direc- tions to the liquor store. By now, she usually knows the way and carries a street map as insurance. But she still gets funny looks when she is spotted in a shopping plaza loading a dozen cases of wine into her car. It's all in the line of duty. Miss Taplay is a sales repre- sentative for Barnes Wines Ltd., the oldest Canadian winery. As far as she knows, she is the only woman in On- tario selling wine or liquor. Her area encompasses the western outskirts of Toronto, Hamilton, the Niagara region and numerous smaller cities and towns in between. She covers it all twice a month. The first round takes her to all the Ontario government li- quor stores where she talks to the managers, finding out how the various wines are moving and whether an unpopular variety should be replaced by a better seller. On her second trip, she vis- its hotels, lounges and restau- rants persuading the person responsible for ordering wine to stock more of her com- pany's products. bottle and it has been checked by the company laboratory to determine what, if anything, is wrong, she calls on the cutomer with a replacement. Another aspect of the job is helping with the arrange- ments for banquets and re- ceptions. She advises the host how to obtain his special per- mit from the liquor control board and works with her counterparts in breweries and distilleries to ensure that the right kinds and amounts of beverages are available. For wine and cheese par- ties, she knows what cheeses go with each wine and can ar- range for glasses to be bor- rowed or plastic ones bought. Manager Makes calls "Maybe it's easier for me to get in the door but once I'm there I have to prove I'm able to Miss Taplay said. "This is more difficult for me because I'm female." She also looks after returns. When a customer turns back a Miss Taplay, 27, moved into her present job last June after managing a summer resort near Orillia, Ont., for two years. "I had the satisfaction of seeing it get she said. "But the work is seasonal. I just couldn't handle was too physically A native of Woodstock, Ont., she trained as a dental assis- tant but left her job with a Niagara Falls dentist after a year to sell exhibit space at the city's Skylon Tower. Then she moved to Toronto, where she arranged for exhibitions and conventions in the Skyline Hotel'chain, including its overseas branches in London and the Caribbean. The least of her worries about her present job is the amount of travel involved. "I like meeting she said. "I like being in and out of the car all the time. I can't stay home. City consumer advocate visits dairy farm wife to discuss food costs WELLESLEY, Ont. (CP) Two women, one a city-bred con- sumer advocate and the other a dairyman's wife, got together a few weeks ago, did some farm chores and sought mutual under- standing. Dorothy Lichty, whose husband Orval has a dairy herd in this western Ontario area, invited Ruth Jackson to the Lichty farm for a couple of days. Mrs. Lichty is sensitive to comments she considers critical of farmers' efforts to improve their living standards Mrs Jackson, whose husband Bruce is a dentist in nearby Kitch- ener, is president of the Ontario branch of the Consumers' Asso- ciation of Canada an organization that has been critical of farm marketing boards. The two women helped milk some of the 50 cows on the 200- acre farm, then sat down to talk about such things as livestock farm expenses, dairy policy and marketing boards. One question that came up in the talks between the two women was consumer representation on marketing boards, which Mrs. Jackson favors. "A consumer representative on a marketing board who pro- motes a need for higher prices for a commodity is likely to be less suspect than a farmer on the board who promotes the same said Mrs. Jackson. She acknowledged, however, that "it is impossible for farm- ers to do business today without marketing boards." Mrs. Jackson holds degrees in food .chemistry and public health nutrition from University of Toronto and teaches ex- perimental foods and consumer economics on a part-time basis at Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology. Mrs. Lichty pointed to the long hours and seven-day week needed to maintain a dairy herd which she regards as a matter of concern. She felt the farmer should be entitled to some com- pensation for the hours that extend well beyond the average work week in industry. Mrs. Lichty said milking 50 cows should support not just one family, but two. But because of the high cost of production, a herd of that size was not enough for even one family. While the two women didn't solve all the world's agricultural to Community calendar Prompt Service Reasonable! MODEM and ANTIQUE FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES 1016 Ut Avenue South, Lethbrldge PHONE 328-5257 or 327-3037 after 5 p.m. IPHOLSTERINI NOW YOU ARE FINISHED SCHOOL And Deiirt to Lflrn ProfMilon... WHY NOT BECOME A HAIRDRESSER? We have 3 fully qualified full time InUuctresses and we teach all phases of beauty culture, hair styling and cutting, bleaching, tjnling and permanenl waving. You'll enjoy our new remodelled and air- conditioned school. Fill Out This Coupon For Mora Information Albtrts Beluly School 40S Slh St. S. Ltlhbrldgi NAME ADDRESS CITY Paymtntt CUSteS Starling Now Low Monthly Tuition The Women's Progressive Conservative Association of Lethbridge is holding its an- nual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Henderson Lake Clubhouse. Ken Hurlburt will be guest speaker. Margaret (Miggs) .Gunn will be convenor. The regular meeting of Faith Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p.m. Monday. The Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society will hold its general meeting at-8 p.m. Monday in the Gas Company Auditorium. The subject to be discussed is "can magnetism on the moon increase your Women are asked to bring a box lunch for two. The McNally Women of Unifarm will host Men of Unifarm at the annual potluck luncheon at noon Tuesday, featuring international food at the home of Stan LaValley. District Agriculturalist Murray McLelland and Home Economist Marilyn fatem will be guest speakers. Southminster square dance learners group will dance at 8 p.m. Monday in Southminster Hall. Oddfellows, Rebekahs and friends are reminded of the card party to be held at 7 p.m Tuesday in the Oddfellows Hall. Everyone welcome. The general meeting of the Mathesis Club will be held at p.m. Tuesday in the Lethbridge Public Library. The drama department of the University of Lethbridge and Playgoers of Lethbridge will co produce Arthur Miller's award winning drama, The Crucible, for presentation at the Yates April 4 and 5. Auditions for all roles are open to the public on a competitive basis and will be held at p.m. Feb. 3, 4, and 5 at the Bowman Arts Centre. The Southwestern Regional Early Childhood Education Council is featuring a workshop on concept development, presented by Barb Kensen, at 8 p.m. Thurs- day at Westminster School, 402 18th St. N. All parents and teachers welcome to attend. The workshop will include the theory of concept development, choosing, teaching and evaluating concepts. A I 4 I WALTi ASK Andy winner Carolyn Balog, 13, has already put her new en- cyclopedias to use as she does her homework A Grade 8 student at Catholic Central School, Carolyn won the set of encyclopedias In the Ask Andy contest. Her question was: Does the Toucan's beak change color before or after it's born? She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Balog, 1221 13th Ave. N. MR. MRS. P. J. LANGEMAN 2402 18th Ave. S., Lethbridge are having OPEN HOUSE to celebrate their 40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY, FEB. .2 p.m. to 6 p.m. rolling up bis socks for him. US OH.-AII ..ghu IWibv lo> Angtlrl linl.l OR. GARY1. 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