It seems that we will never live in an age in which there aren't issues surrounding the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. It's a heartbreaking reality that many members of the community still suffer from hate and prejudice, and that the ignorant thoughts of individuals inflicting the hatred affect them daily.
But controversy isn't only caused by bigots and homophobes.
Recently, we all heard about a trans woman named Jessica Yaniv who caused a stir amongst the community when she announced that she was going to file complaints against other women who refused to wax her. The tables were quick to turn, and Yaniv quickly and, quite rightly so, lost her legal case.
And of course, the British comedian, Ricky Gervais has had his say on the matter, and he has not held back.
Let's start from the beginning...
An intimate female service...
via: ShutterstockYaniv wanted access to the intimate services that were located in Vancouver but was ultimately refused as she still has male genitalia. Any female beautician who refused to handle her manhood is being "transphobic," according to Yaniv because they are "denying her womanhood."
Complaints were filed against more than a dozen female waxers...
via: TwitterThis was done with the help of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in British Columbia. According to reports, Yaniv claimed that the women’s refusal to give her a Brazilian wax, to handle her manhood while removing hair, is discriminatory behavior.
Yaniv believes that she is entitled to these services as much as any other woman is.
via: TwitterShe said that "self-identifying as a woman is sufficient to be treated as a woman and to get access to services typically reserved for women."
She certainly didn't hold back...
via: TwitterAccording to The National Post, the HRC hearings revolve around the question: "Should a business be allowed to deny service on the basis of gender identity?"
The hearing learned that Yaniv came across a waxing business via Facebook back in 2018.
via: ShutterstockIt advertised an offer for a Brazilian wax, which involved the removal of pubic hair around the groin. The salon's owner, Marcia Da Silva, said that she had started the home-based-business after previously performing waxes on family and friends.
Da Silva admitted to canceling Yaniv's session.
via: Getty ImagesYaniv booked an afternoon appointment via text message but claimed that, after she declared that she was transgender, the appointment was canceled. Da Silva told the tribunal: “I have no problem with LGBT," but she was, apparently, "just not comfortable waxing male genitals." The idea also did not sit well with her husband, it was reported.
Yaniv began persisting...
via: TwitterDa Silva added that everyone has the right to decide who comes into their home and noted that she was also uncomfortable with the persistent messages that she was receiving from Yaniv. “For my safety, I said, ‘No,’" she testified.
Da Silva said that she defined someone transgender as someone who has undergone gender reassignment surgery.
via: Getty ImagesThis ultimately resulted in Yaniv attempting to tell the tribunal that she was, in fact, intersex and that she had female body parts - which she had failed to mention at any point previously.
A nerve had clearly been touched...
via: ShutterstockIt was reported that the hearing developed into a name-calling session, with Yaniv comparing Da Silva to a "neo-nazi."
Despite the LGBTQ+ community usually standing by one another...
via: Miranda YardleyPeople have been quick to turn against Yaniv, branding her a "psychopath" and even a "predator."
Many questioned Yaniv as to why she didn't use unisex waxing.
@trustednerd You should have looked for a salon that does testicle waxing (quite a few of them in my local area for… https://t.co/4Vcmy05D0x— Ultrαviolet IV (@Ultrαviolet IV)1563531007.0
The fact that these women were potentially going to be prosecuted caused a stir...
@trustednerd I can't get my head round the idea that women practitioners should be forced to handle male genitalia… https://t.co/uJ43mdl8LX— Sheila (@Sheila)1563530477.0
But more truths about Yaniv started to emerge...
Screenshots from conversations with Yaniv via Facebook messenger emerged...
via: TwitterThese screenshots were provided anonymously and were taken when Jessica identified as Johnathan. They show the disturbing nature of Yaniv's conversations with other women that display her bizarre and extremely inappropriate interest in young girls.
The conversations are an extremely uncomfortable read...
via: TwitterIn them, Yaniv displays her curiosity and interest in young girls and their periods, explaining that she is often curious when in the female locker rooms of a gym.
Yaniv's comments caused great concern.
@trustednerd Did they ask you about these tweets? https://t.co/TWUmomtcwB— Puck Shooterson (@Puck Shooterson)1563829646.0
Yaniv helped to organize a youth "All Bodies" swim in her local area...
I'm going to get this party RESTARTED. July 22nd, 7 PM at the TOL as a delegation. https://t.co/IfLuZA2tiP— Jessica❤️ (@Jessica❤️)1563048750.0
Obviously, Yaniv was branded a pedophile...
I don't care how harsh it is to say this but this is pedophile behavior. Pedophiles have no place in society.… https://t.co/5bEdEF34Jx— Peccatrix (@Peccatrix)1563835847.0
But she claimed to be standing up for human rights...
One proud lesbian. I'll never give up fighting for human rights equality. #LGBTQoftwitter https://t.co/sKyjJ0Um39— Jessica❤️ (@Jessica❤️)1560723400.0
But karma works in wonderful ways...It seems as if the tables have now turned and, instead of the other women being punished, Yaniv is the one with metal cuffs around her wrists.
Throughout all of this drama and controversy...
via: TwitterYaniv's case to sue the original beauty salon and its workers who refused to wax her scrotum has officially been dismissed.
Her complaint was found not to be authentic.
via: TwitterThe British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal said that Yaniv had "manufactured the conditions for a human rights complaint" when she had demanded a bikini wax despite still having a full set of male genitalia.
The salon specialized in the treatment of female genitalia only.
via: Getty ImagesBecause the salon had never waxed anyone’s scrotum, the tribunal said, it could not be said to be discriminating against Ms. Yaniv.
The workers of the salon were not trained to handle male genitalia.
via: TwitterThe verdict from the tribunal read: "Human rights legislation does not require a service provider to wax a type of genitals they are not trained for and have not consented to wax."
Yaniv's actions were purely manipulative.
via: TwitterThe ruling said that Yaniv “targeted small businesses, manufactured the conditions for a human rights complaint, and then leveraged that complaint to pursue a financial settlement from parties who were unsophisticated and unlikely to mount a proper defense."
The evidence Yaniv herself gave was, according to the tribunal, “disingenuous and self-serving."
via: InstagramJay Cameron, a lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, said: "Self-identification does not erase physiological reality." "Our clients do not offer the service requested. No woman should be compelled to touch male genitals against her will, irrespective of how the owner of the genitals identifies."
Justice has finally been served.
via: Getty ImagesYaniv has ultimately been ordered to pay $2,000 to 3 of the women she complained about, one of whom was forced out of business as a result of the case.
And, never one to shy away from a little controversy...
@MrStrathmore @Chopsie_Murphy It is a woman's right to say 'I don't wax testicles. On a man or a woman'. End of dis… https://t.co/kWWQN9LFJF— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1563702397.0
Many agreed with the comedian's views...
@rickygervais @MrStrathmore @Chopsie_Murphy Not all will agree that this a the hill to die on. Glad to see that you… https://t.co/spCu23Mcz8— Andrea with the 35 yr old Bangs today! (@Andrea with the 35 yr old Bangs today!)1563754442.0
And he wasn't finished there.
via: GettyBecause this is Ricky Gervais we're talking about, people. He's never one to hold back on a bit of controversy, is he?
The comedian made a rather timely Halloween joke...
I was going to dress up as something weird and creepy for my Halloween party, but I’m bucking the trend this year a… https://t.co/LbGyne3rOS— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1572460252.0
Some people were offended...
@rickygervais Gotta say, I'm not really down with targeting an individual by name like this.— 🌊 jeff paal 🌊 (@🌊 jeff paal 🌊)1572461393.0
But others were quick to defend the comedian's comments...Noting that he wasn't being at all transphobic and that Yaniv is not a representative of the trans community, but simply a paedophilic predator.
And how did Ricky respond to all of this?
This tweet upset some people yesterday so I think I should apologise and delete it and never make offensive jokes l… https://t.co/1O6Xuaoeki— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1572600295.0