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Potty training, as all parents know, can be a tall task.

Convincing a child to own the throne takes a lot of persuasion, and the prospect of wearing big boy/big girl underwear often does the trick.

When Nicole Oskam took her two-year-old daughter Anneke shopping for big girl underwear 14 years ago, pink was out, as were unicorns and Strawberry Shortcake. Anneke wanted Superman underwear and wasn’t leaving the store without them.

Anneke, fantastic taste in superhero gitch and all, was a gender nonconforming child from a very young age, according to Nicole, who assumed her daughter was a tomboy.

Fast-forward from the beginning of Anneke’s journey to where she is today and, well, a lot has changed.

For starters, Anneke is now Cory, a 16-year-old male currently blissfully residing on cloud nine after sharing the ice at Rogers Arena with Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider.

Yes, the most recent chapter to Cory’s story had him standing beside his hero, after whom he renamed himself upon making the transition to become male, as part of Minor Hockey Week when the Canucks hosted the Calgary Flames on January 23rd.

Cory, who began taking hormone blockers at age nine to suppress female puberty and the development of secondary sex characteristics, is a goaltender for Britannia Hockey Academy and a C1 team in Ridge Meadows, and for many of his teammates reading this, surprise!

While many of you think you know Cory, you now truly know Cory, who was Anneke, but was never truly happy as female. It’s been a long journey for Anneke/Cory, one filled with, astonishingly, more ups than downs thanks in large part to how understanding and accepting friends, family and Brittania Secondary School have been.

Taking hormone blockers essentially put the hold button on puberty giving Anneke time to decide what made her happy. After some soul searching, she began taking testosterone roughly a year-and-a-half ago to begin the transition to become male.

Cory hasn’t had any surgeries; he may consider that later on. For right now, he’s happy finally being comfortable in his own skin.

“I went into high school not who I am, but being in grade 10 now I feel very much like part of the high school,” said Cory. “I felt like an outsider, now I have a great support system and a great group of friends, which I’ve never had before. Life is great.”

As an advocate on issues of homophobia, transphobia, bullying, intersectional violence, and discrimination in schools, Cory is a role model in the community and speaks frequently at events. He was preparing to give a talk at the Dare to Stand Out Vancouver conference on January 21st when his mom dropped the bomb about skating with Schneider and the Canucks. He somehow made it through the presentation and didn’t keel over from anticipation before arriving at Rogers Arena.

The experience is all a blur for Cory now. He remembers the thrill of skating onto the ice, meeting Schneider and standing beside him for 'O Canada'. That’s about it. He won’t soon be forgetting the surprise of meeting Schneider post-game though; Cory, who was wearing an old pair of Schneider’s pads he purchased at a Canucks equipment sale, got them autographed and they’re now retired in his room.

What a night.

Oh and this all played out on Cory’s 16th birthday.

Sometimes things just fall into place. Like how Cory landed on the name Cory.

“I’m a really big card collector, I was collecting all kinds of cards and my mom said to pick my favourite and collect him – it was getting a bit out of control. Then I opened a pack of cards and pulled a really sick Cory Schneider card. It just clicked; I needed to start collecting him.

“Around the time I started collecting Schneider, it was time to him to pick a name. I went through a handful: Will, William, Matt, Matthew, none of them really felt right, then my mom suggested Cory and I started using it around the house. It felt very right. Cory felt very right.”

And now that Cory’s story has been told, he can comfortably soar up, up and away.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Cory.

Canuck Source has more picture of the two Corys on ice together. Also, the comments are very supportive of Cory, including one by someone who claims to be one of Cory's teammates.
chaya 29th-Jan-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
I am hugely supportive of the Cory who is not on the Canucks.

/hockey rivalry

More seriously, though, is anyone else impressed that we got through a whole article with no pronoun fail?
teacup_werewolf 29th-Jan-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ok I am confused because I read parts where they called him "she" and kept bring up his birth name.

Maybe I am just really unimmpressed with the article and maybe I am misreading? But is there really no pronoun fail?
mercystars 29th-Jan-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
how nice!

also how nice at all the positive comments @ the source

(i think there's something in my eye)
zinnia_rose 29th-Jan-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm very pleasantly surprised by the lack of pronoun fail in this article. Good for you, Canadian NHL.
teacup_werewolf 29th-Jan-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
The keep calling him 'she' many times.
bnmc2005 29th-Jan-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Yay for Cory.

OT; What a bizarre way to start a story... potty training, really?
234_am 29th-Jan-2013 10:52 pm (UTC)

NGL, i thought it would be a story about some weird kid contraption to make them go on the toilet.
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234_am 29th-Jan-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
when my younger brother played hockey (goalie, actually), we were little and i painted his nails pink. he went to practice that night with painted fingernails. his coach made derogatory jokes about how 'he wasn't a goalie, he was a girlie', and it made him so upset that he quit playing net.

i love this story. the 'nucks are my home team and i'm happy to see this.
tabaqui 30th-Jan-2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Wow, what a fuckhead.
ladyvoldything 29th-Jan-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
omg the comments section is so nice

is this what Canada is like
teacup_werewolf Debbie downer here29th-Jan-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)

Cory, who began taking hormone blockers at age nine to suppress female puberty and the development of secondary sex characteristics, is a goaltender for Britannia Hockey Academy and a C1 team in Ridge Meadows, and for many of his teammates reading this, surprise!

Are you kidding me? Thanks heartwarming article for outing him.

Did the authors ever think that admitting this in an article is a good idea? Did he ok this? It sounds information that his peers never knew and despite how good the school is with trans/homophobia it takes oooooone jackass. It makes really uncomfortable.

But then again this entire article really rubs me the wrong way. Could they pick a better opening?
yeats Re: Debbie downer here29th-Jan-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
if he's been interviewed on the matter and spoke candidly with a reporter, then surely he was comfortable with them publishing this story?
eldvno 29th-Jan-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
myste_uk 30th-Jan-2013 12:04 am (UTC)
glass_houses 30th-Jan-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Parent(s) is/are awesome.
lb_x 30th-Jan-2013 02:39 am (UTC)
The beginning of this article ... just, what.
mdemvizi 30th-Jan-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
Title confused the fuck out of me.

In my Human Sexuality class we were talking about the use of testosterone for trans people and a girl who sitting infront of me just shook her head and looked completely scared by any notion of it. I couldn't figure out how she was going to sit through a class and not be okay with the idea of trans members in our society.
alryssa 30th-Jan-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
This article really is pretty poorly written, which is a damned shame because Cory deserved a better writeup for his story. I just get really tired of the coded language used and implied 'dishonesty' that people often assume of trans* folk, especially when you see lines like this:

And now that Cory’s story has been told, he can comfortably soar up, up and away.

Like every trans* person has this ~dark secret~ of being born male or female, and until they ~tell the truth~ about themselves they're not being honest or real about themselves, and that really pisses me off. Oh and let's not go into the ~he didn't like pink, but wanted Superman, so this clearly meant he was not really a girl~ gender policing shit.

I mean - augh. I really hope Cory's happy with the article as it is, that's what matters and I hope he doesn't face any shitty backlash as a result, but I really fucking wish media wouldn't treat trans* people deciding to come forth about their past like they treat 'coming out' as gay/lesbian. It's not the same fucking thing.

mephisto5 30th-Jan-2013 08:36 am (UTC)
While many of you think you know Cory, you now truly know Cory

Fuck you. I am not deceiving people if I don't fucking out myself.

And now that Cory’s story has been told, he can comfortably soar up, up and away.

Again, fuck you. Being out whilst trans* is not comfortable. It means other people think it's ok to misgender, wrong-name and ask the most fucking intrusive personal questions of you.

Also, potty training? What the fuck?

And like no-one is ever going to use the guy's old name against him now.

Also, to those saying he must have agreed to the article, just because he agreed to an interview, dosn't mean he got to see or had any say over the final draft.
redstar826 30th-Jan-2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
what an oddly written article.
crossfire 30th-Jan-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed. But I'm happy for Cory, who seems like he's doing well. I'm glad he has all that support, that's really amazing.
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