The Ottawa Journal: The Just Don't Want a Circus
air-port devel-' devel-' 'They just don't Continued from page One she said. "It's either a barmaid, hostess, hostess, or dancer, those are my limits. No circuses, please "But how can I go down to the Chateau Laurier 'and apply for a job when I used to work, there as a bus-boy?" bus-boy?" bus-boy?" As for other non-skilled non-skilled non-skilled jobs such as cashier or waitress, Lefebre says she finds the same response wherever she goes: "Poke, poke, look at her over there, they go. Employers don't want to turn their place into a circus." Lefebre said she has applied for a few jobs during her term on welfare, one of them as an orderly at Ottawa General Hospital. But they wouldn't hire a woman. She also signed up for Algonquin College's upgrading skills program, but said she dropped out because she was continually "hassled" by students. students. Stuffing knocked out An Algonquin staffer said she re-. re-. re-. members Lefebre in the course, adding adding only that it was "a very complex ' situation," and indicating Lefebre did Lefebre: 'Hassled' find the situation intolerable. Lefebre said the stuffing was finally knocked out of her about 18 months ago, when she applied for a hostess job at the Inn of the Provinces. She almost had it until the manager learned she was a locally known transsexual, she said. "That just let me down boomp." A spokesman for the hotel's person r want a eircus nel department said they only keep applications for four months, and both members of the department are fairly new to the. hotel. Letter solved matter Last month wasn't the first time welfare officials have cut off Lefebre's $301 a month paycheck the amount for individuals under 30 years of age who are incapable of working. Lefebre said welfare officials cut her off this time last year, but a letter from her doctor, Norman Barwin, solved the problem. The doctor sent a similar letter this year, but this time it; was rejected, she said. Barwin, an Ottawa doctor who performed performed Lefebre's third and final sex change operation, could not be reached for comment. Regional welfare officials denied yesterday they were tightening up on welfare payments, and suggested Lefebre Lefebre appeal the decision, something she plans to do. Won't work gay bars "N They wouldn't comment on her case. Neither would Lefebre's psychiatrist, Dr. Elwin Koranyi, whom Lefebre 1 claims suggested she work in a gay bar, and who has written articles on transsexuality. Lefebre said she refuses to work in a gay bar because "I didn't get this done it- it- i l - ior noming. She also refuses to leave town as he has suggested, saying she would have many of the same problems in any city. Also, her parents live here. Prejudice cited Lefebre charged that social prejudice prejudice against transsexuals most of whom go male to female force many of them into stripping or prostitution prostitution to make a living. one aaiu uicic aic auuui live iiidie- iiidie- to-female to-female to-female transsexuals in Ottawa, and two females-to-males. females-to-males. females-to-males. females-to-males. females-to-males. According to LeteDre, one ot tne otner women is on welfare for obvious medical reasons, another is a housewife, and a third is an exotic dancer. Asked why she had the operation, the former dancer said she decided when she was about 16 that she wanted to be a woman. Though her doctor told her she had as many male as female hormones, she was really a woman inside her head, she said.