Mind-body disconnect

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, Saturday, November 20, 2010

Jamie Evans is a talented artist and illustrator whose work has been commissioned by the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Canadian Aviation Museum, among other organizations. His clients are sometimes surprised by how young he is — just 24.
They’d be even more surprised to discover that he was born a woman.

A husband’s inner femme

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, Sunday, January 9, 2011

Andrew and Christine Weber have been married 42 years. Their loving union has produced two daughters, and they are doting grandparents. On the surface, their relationship appears to be rather average.
It’s not.

Theories on cross-dressing cause

Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Re: A husband’s inner femme, Insight Jan. 9

I found the article about heterosexual cross-dressing to be very interesting. As an out cross-dresser, I would like to applaud the Star, writer Helen Wolkowicz and especially Andrew/Linda for the sensitive handling of a much misunderstood and little considered activity.

Transgendered Ontarians struggling with jobs and equality at work

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, Saturday, May 28, 2011

An estimated 20 per cent of transgender Ontarians surveyed are unemployed or on disability, while just over one-third are working full-time, according to a new Trans PULSE study, obtained exclusively by the Star, to be released on Monday.

In Montreal, the battle is on against childhood obesity

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE MAY 29, 2015

The treatment she received here to shrink the tumour included high doses of a corticosteroid, which, among other things, caused fluid retention and insomnia, and made her constantly hungry. And no matter how much she ate, she didn’t feel full. “Every night, I would wake up and eat a plate of fruit and a plate of cookies that my mother prepared for me. I ate everything. I ate a lot at night. During the day, I ate huge portions,” Bédard said.


Montreal’s Villa Maria school in the 19th century

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE FEBRUARY 6, 2015

In the mid-19th century, the Congrégation Notre-Dame, a religious order founded by Marguerite Bourgeoys, purchased a country estate known as The Monklands in what is now Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. On Sept. 12, 1854, the Villa Maria Convent Boarding School welcomed its first 17 students. Within two weeks, the number of pupils enrolled swelled to 45. Forty per cent of the girls originated from outside the Montreal area.




Discrimination an ongoing battle for trans people

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE NOVEMBER 14, 2014

Dismembered, burned, stabbed—these are some of the ways that trans and gender-nonconforming people have been murdered.




Where infants fight for survival

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE AUGUST 8, 2014

Montreal — Tucked away at the Royal Victoria Hospital is a unit that is rarely mentioned. Expectant moms and dads are whisked through it as part of prenatal tours but they do not linger, because no one likes to talk about this place. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit houses critically ill newborns and premature babies, and every year it saves hundreds of them.

An unorthodox transition

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE APRIL 19, 2014

Live as a woman or die. That was the internal ultimatum Jay Ladin, a father of three and married to his college sweetheart, faced at the age of 45 when his gender dysphoria reached a breaking point.

For decades, Ladin had desperately tried to be the male archetype in his family’s life, but the unrelenting reverie of transition to the opposite sex consumed his thoughts

Micah Grzywnowicz: Rebel with a cause

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE AUGUST 9, 2013

MONTREAL – Human-rights expert Micah Grzywnowicz cameto Montreal with an admittedly crazy objective: “To change the world.” The trajectory to accomplish this lofty goal unexpectedlywent all the way to the UN. Dedicated to advancing the rights of trans people, the Polish-born activist finds the gender binary binary of male and female stifling and identifies as transgender. (Grzywnowicz has ..

It’s a matter of pride

BY HELEN WOLKOWICZ, Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paul Lindsay concealed something about himself for 35 years and it cost him his marriage. When he and his wife announced their plans to separate, their daughter Michelle bolted to escape the tension-filled house. Before she could flee, he signalled there was one more thing he needed to say.