• Who is Brian Reimer? And is the question in the right category
  • Brian and Bruce Reimer were brothers who grew up, after Bruce's circumcision was blotched, as brother and sister. Information on them can be read at and possibly more information can be obtained from a Google search. Several photos, including the one seen here, can be seen at
  • omg brian reimer died?
  • ok it seems brian reimer commited suicide in 2002 two years before his twin brother david did.
  • By reading the story, the chosen category "circumcision" appears justified. 1) "A cause for Brian Reimer s death was never confirmed but his mother suspects it might have been an overdose of medication which he required to treat schizophrenia." Source: 2) " from a toxic combination of alcohol and antidepressants": "David Reimer was born as a male identical twin in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His birth name was Bruce; his twin brother was named Brian. At the age of 6 months, after concern was raised about how Bruce and Brian urinated, both boys were diagnosed with phimosis. They were referred for circumcision at the age of 8 months. [...] Bruce's penis was destroyed after the machine malfunctioned. After this, Brian's circumcision was canceled, and he made a full recovery from his condition without further treatment." "They persuaded his parents that sex reassignment would be in Bruce's best interest, and, at the age of 17 months, surgery was performed to remove his testes. He was reassigned to be raised as a female and given the name 'Brenda'." "For several years, Money reported on Brenda's progress as the "John/Joan case", describing apparently successful female gender development, and using this case to support the feasibility of sex reassignment and surgical reconstruction even in non-intersex cases. Money wrote: "The child's behaviour is so clearly that of an active little girl and so different from the boyish ways of her twin brother." Estrogen was given to Brenda when she reached adolescence to induce breast development. However, Brenda had experienced the visits to Baltimore as traumatic rather than therapeutic and when Dr. Money started pressuring the family to bring their "her" in for surgery, in which a vagina would be created, the family discontinued the follow-up visits. John Money published nothing further about the case to suggest that the reassignment had not been successful. Reimer's later account, written two decades later with John Colapinto, described how, contrary to Money's reports, Brenda did not identify as a girl." "By the age of 13, Brenda was experiencing suicidal depression, and told her parents she would commit suicide if they made her see John Money again. In 1980, Brenda's parents told her the truth about her gender reassignment, following advice from Brenda's endocrinologist and psychiatrist. At 13, Brenda decided to assume a male gender identity, calling himself David. After learning of the new relationship with his ex-sister, Brian began to experience a pattern of mental disturbance and later developed schizophrenia. By 1997, David had undergone treatment to reverse the reassignment, including testosterone injections, a double mastectomy, and two phalloplasty operations. He also married a woman and became a stepfather to her 3 children." "They went on to elaborate the story in a book, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl." "Although the book gave David Reimer more financial security, he had many other problems in his life, including a separation from his wife, severe problems with his parents, and the death of his twin brother Brian in 2002, from a toxic combination of alcohol and antidepressants. After being told by his wife on the weekend of May 2, 2004 of her wish to separate, Reimer stormed out of the house without revealing where he was going. After he failed to return, his wife called the police to report him missing. The local authorities eventually located him, but told his wife that he did not want her to know where he was. Two hours later, they called again, informing her of his suicide. Reimer had returned home while she was out and retrieved a shotgun, sawing off its barrel before leaving. On the morning of May 5, he drove to the nearby parking lot of a grocery store, parked his car and fatally shot himself in the head." Source and further information:
  • Brian is said to have overdosed on a fatal combination of anti-depressants and alcohol.

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