date Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM
subject Health Facility Misuse
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My name is Cathy Brennan, and I am a lawyer in Baltimore, Maryland. I am a lesbian activist that does work about gender identity issues. Recently, a lesbian blogger sent me a link to a blog post by Xander (Sly) Sarkisova, who works at Sherbourne (according to his LinkedIn profile). Specifically, Mr. Sarkisova stated in this blog post that:
“your [penis eschewing] behaviour is not tied to a lack of desire, but rather your unwillingness to validate transfemale realness.” See
I find this statement tremendously homophobic and harmful to lesbians, and commented accordingly on Mr. Sarkisova’s blog at http://xsarkisovathespaceinbetweenyouandme.blogspot.com/. See attachment; Mr. Sarkisova did not publish my comment, which I left under my real name and this email address (bugbrennan at gmail.com). I routinely comment on blogs, as I believe this is how we have dialogue to advance understanding. And, I always do so under my real name, as I also believe in accountability.
My comment seems to have struck a nerve, because Mr. Sarkisova apparently subsequently commented on a wholly unrelated blog, the parody site “Privilege Denying Tranny” as illustrated in the attachments. The lesbian activist who runs that site (who I have never met and do not know) recognized that it is abusive to publish people’s home and work addresses in an apparent attempt to threaten and notified me of the threat. Again, I don’t run the “Privilege Denying Tranny” blog, and I have no idea why Mr. Sarkisova thinks I do. As my online presence is fairly well-documented, it would be easy for anyone to find me and simply ask. However, Mr. Sarkisova did not choose to do this.
Funnily enough, the IP from which Mr. Sarkisova posted the comment with my home and work addresses is a UNIQUE IP address attached to where Mr. Sarkisova works (the Sherbourne Health Center http://www.sherbourne.on.ca/about/about.html). See attachment.
I am appalled that Mr. Sarkisova would see fit to publish my home and work addresses to a blog I don’t even operate in some bizarre attempt to threaten me. I believe that Sherbourne receives public funding. Is this how employees of a publicly-funded health center should spend their work time, on work resources? I have two young children – is Mr. Sarkisova hopeful that someone might publish my home and work addresses and stalk me at home? This is terribly upsetting.
I request that Sherbourne look into this matter, as I believe my privacy has been violated by a mental health counselor from an organization that receives public funding. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact me. I am also copying the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner to request information on how to file a formal complaint with that agency.