Jessica Yaniv, a self-described “trans/LGBT activist” from Vancouver, Canada has made a name for herself. There are actually many claims to fame to pick from in examining this person. Yaniv promoted a topless pool party for teenagers where she discouraged parents and guardians to attend. She sent young girls repulsive and fetishistic material. Yaniv also crammed herself, pre-social and physical transition, in women’s restrooms. Once in them, she photographed herself with young girls in the background. On top of that, she also has a habit of calling salon artists to Canadian human rights tribunals in an attempt to shut down their salons. All because they refuse to wax her testicles. As a result, the internet and the media went ablaze with panic, and rightfully so. But, there was one type of panic that is absolutely not warranted in this situation. Trans panic.
It’s June! Not only is it the start of summer, but it’s also LGBT Pride Month! June was chosen as the month for Pride in commemoration of the Stonewall riots that took place in 1969. For gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people, Pride is a time to celebrate how far the LGBT community has come in their pursuit of rights. It’s also a time to perform activism for the rights that gay people still don’t have worldwide. The Pride season is ushered in by rainbow decked city streets and flashy neon Pride Parades. Largely, it’s a fun time for all. Every year, however, the religious right and traditionalists come out of the woodwork to call pride events nothing more than degenerative uninclusive pedophilic sex festivals.
In 2019, equality for the LGBT community is at the forefront of legal and societal conversations. Although there is still a long way to go, The West has come a long way from the era of widespread homophobia. Despite this, the LGBT community is not fully protected against discrimination in 30 states. Although this is an immutable characteristic just like race, sex, or nation of origin, an argument made against this legislation is that being gay or LGBT “isn’t natural”. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Indeed, it seems that gay and bisexual people serve an important reproductive utility.