Canadian Human Rights Tribunal May Foster Sexual Harassment

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Earlier this week, pre-surgery trans woman Jessica Yaniv was the cause of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearing. A home-based beauty salon in Vancouver turned her away from a Brazilian wax. Yaniv says that allowing this could set a “dangerous precedent”, allowing discrimination against trans people. However, the proprietor of the salon, Marcia Da Silva, says that she has “no problem with LGBT”. Silva instead explains that she not only was uneasy about performing a Brazilian wax on someone with male genitalia but that she also had not trained for it. This issue is not the first instance of alleged transphobia Yaniv has complained about; it will doubtfully be the last. But this calling of a tribunal will focus on one core question relating to this case: should a business be able to deny services on the basis of gender identity?

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