David Reimer

1965 - 2004

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David Reimer (born Bruce Peter Reimer; 22 August 1965 – 4 May 2004) was a Canadian man born male but raised as a girl following medical advice and intervention after his penis was severely injured during a botched circumcision in infancy.The psychologist John Money oversaw the case and reported the reassignment as successful and as evidence that gender identity is primarily learned. The academic sexologist Milton Diamond later reported that Reimer's realization that he was not a girl crystallized between the ages of 9 and 11 years and he transitioned to living as a male at age 15. Well known in medical circles for years anonymously as the "John/Joan" case, Reimer later went public with his story to help discourage similar medical practices. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Reimer has received more than 4,400,341 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). David Reimer is the 94th most popular celebrity (down from 79th in 2019), the 364th most popular biography from Canada (down from 348th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Celebrity.

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Among celebrities, David Reimer ranks 94 out of 184Before him are Anarkali, Tinka Kurti, Henry Dreyfuss, Kiki Håkansson, Carol Morris, and Julius von Hann. After him are Amparo Muñoz, Rob Kardashian, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Ashrita Furman, Anna Chapman, and Jimmy Jump.

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Among people born in 1965, David Reimer ranks 205Before him are Bernard Hopkins, Matt Biondi, Jonas Åkerlund, Jean, Count of Paris, Caio Júnior, and Sean Patrick Flanery. After him are Steve Coogan, Patrik Sjöberg, John Jensen, Booker T, Shinichirō Watanabe, and Toshi. Among people deceased in 2004, David Reimer ranks 203Before him are James Quinn, Alan Brown, Gerrie Knetemann, Fred Ramdat Misier, Lea De Mae, and Marcelo González Martín. After him are Zurab Sakandelidze, Steve Lacy, Quorthon, Albert Mol, Mildred McDaniel, and Heinrich Mark.

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Among people born in Canada, David Reimer ranks 364 out of 1,130Before him are Chad Kroeger (1974), Jacques Parizeau (1930), Samuel Cunard (1787), Bruno Pelletier (1962), Marie-Claire Blais (1939), and Christopher Heyerdahl (1963). After him are Jason Gray-Stanford (1970), Matt Craven (1956), Anne Murray (1945), Rick Danko (1943), Steven Ogg (1973), and Alissa White-Gluz (1985).


Among celebrities born in Canada, David Reimer ranks 1After him are Daniel David Palmer (1845).