Trans woman’s Canadian border snafu likely triggered by unlabeled Vicodin

 Domaine Javier (Photo: MTV)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — If you’re transgender, don’t travel to another country with a controlled substance in a unlabeled container. That’s the lesson we need to takeaway from Domaine Javier’s experience at the Canadian border.

Javier was put back on a plane and sent home to Riverside, Calif. and told to try again. The drugs may have indeed been her prescription meds, but she wasn’t carrying them in a legal  manner in order to pass muster with border agencies.

While Javier reportedly complained rather dramatically about how she was treated, especially how Canada Border Services Agency officers accused her of being a drug smuggler and, later, focusing on her supposedly lack of proper work permits, but let’s not lose focus of what prompted the drama in the first place — she was in possession of a controlled substance in a unlabeled container.

Actual drug smugglers are tripped up this way and sent to prison — it’s the law. Just because one is not a drug smuggler doesn’t exempt one from following the law.

Javier needs to turn off the media spotlight, get her work papers in order and carry her Vicodin in a proper container before getting on another plane. This kind of tabloid-type attention she’s intentionally drawing isn’t serving trans people in a positive way.

I previously wrote about Javier here:

Trans woman denied entry into Canada.

Domaine Javier (Photo: MTV)


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3 replies

  1. From facebook:

    Nerissa Belcher Nice article. I enjoy reading things we can do proactively to help ourselves. I believe this helps us minimize a nonproductive victim mindset.

    Helene, you asked your question just as I was about to make a suggestion to Lexie. My experience is most transwomen, self included, have made little productive effort to feminize our voices. Yet arguably this is the most important aspect to “passing.” I constantly see butch looking women who I have no clue as to their gender until they speak. The authorities dealing with this transwoman probably knew or highly suspected she was trans by her poor speaking voice.

    I did a search on Lexie’s site and there is not a single post about transwomen and voice feminization. My suggestion is she consider making a post or more about this in the future.
    8 minutes ago · Like

    Lexie Cannes, Nerissa Belcher, thanks for the comments. While I encourage anyone that wants to “pass” to do so, but I’d hate to see it become a required condition of crossing a border. That said, “passing” and other proactive things such as voice feminization makes life easier for some. Good point you brought up though. I will copy this to the blog’s comment section because I have more to say 🙂
    a few seconds ago · Like

    • I tend not to write articles about “passing” because for one thing, “passing” doesn’t define if one is trans or not, and secondly, I don’t want to see pro-trans rights laws, policies, et. al., dependent on whether or not the person can “pass.”

      Also, there are people far more qualified than I who are able to write articles and tips on passing.

      I hope this explains the choices I make when picking a topic to write about!

      Thanks for all the comments.

  2. Also from Facebook:

    Rachel K. So This is serious matter. Canadians have been extra-anal with any/all possessions of arriving Americans lately, and they look for drug smugglers, firearms smugglers, and those engaged in hate speech or child porn (they may search your phone/computer for it).

    I drove up to Canada back in July, and arrived at the border the day after that shooting in Colorado. Every American was detained at the border for 3 hours while vehicles were searched at random (my car was thoroughly searched) and the passport checked against US FBI criminal databases and past Canadian immigration records. All my meds were either over the counter or properly labeled, and I have no criminal records, so I came up clean and was allowed through.

    Though in order to run my Canadian past visit records, they had to check my former names, and I was forced to out myself. At least it was no worse than all the other stuff going on.
    8 hours ago ·

    Rachel K. So (And by the way, a drunk driving conviction counts as a criminal record, and that’ll ban you from Canada. To clear that strike, you’ll have to finish whatever sentence – probation or whatever – you’re given, wait five years after that, then contact a Canadian consulate for “rehabilitation” of your prior record. Only when Canada says you’re “rehabilitated” can you visit Canada.

    When I was detained at the border this past July, one fellow America who was also detained at the same time turned out to have a criminal record of some sort. He was deported on the spot.)

    Rachel K. So Just read story on her – there are some questions arising from her plans to engage in a web series within Canada as well. Those things CAN raise question marks. The best way to answer would’ve been to simply “visit a friend” which would’ve been technically correct, especially if she were not being compensated for the work beyond the plane ticket. Even then the unlabeled Vicadin bottles would have caught up with her, sadly. 😦
    8 hours ago ·

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