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 the individuals inflicting the hatred affect them on a daily basis.
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. Now, the tables have turned and it seems as if Yaniv is the one with handcuffs around her wrists.
Keep reading to find out why…
Today, in 2019, we are all becoming more accepting of and respectful towards the LGBTQ+ community. We celebrate those who aren’t afraid to love who they love – as we should!
Merriam-Webster defines “transgender” as “of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth.”
Over the years, this has been embraced and those that identify as transgender have been able to comfortably be themselves – something that is ridiculously important.
Many trans people choose to undergo gender reassignment surgery, which “is performed to transition individuals with gender dysphoria to their desired gender.”
Some trans people choose not to have surgery, either due to specific circumstances or personal preference and are happy to identify as any gender they choose while opting not to alter their genitals.
Alongside other members of the LGBTQ+ community, trans people face hate, abuse, and even death in some cases, for identifying as themselves.
And Jessica Yaniv is certainly no stranger to being the face of these issues.
The Canadian-born Yaniv now identifies as Jessica, and, ultimately, as a woman.
Like many other women, Yaniv wanted to visit the salon to get a Brazilian wax.
Yaniv 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.”
This 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.
She 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.”
According 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?”
It 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.
Yaniv 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.
Da 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.
This 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.
It was reported that the hearing developed into a name-calling session, with Yaniv comparing Da Silva to a “neo-nazi.”
2 of these women have already been forced out of business by the HRC’s actions.
Coming from Brazil, this anonymous woman operated her female waxing business from home in order to provide for her young children.
For her own personal reasons, she refused an unknown “male” into her home to provide services around “his” genitals – which has now led to her being out of a job.
People have been quick to turn against Yaniv, branding her a “psychopath” and even a “predator.”
Because Yaniv still has a penis and testicles, people are wondering why she simply couldn’t use a salon that provides services for both genders.
People are bringing up the issues of women’s rights, and not just the rights of Yaniv, but of the women who have lost their jobs as a consequence of her actions.
British comedian and creator of The Office, Ricky Gervais, tweeted in his usual blunt and sarcastic way that it is a woman’s right to not want to wax testicles.
These agreements were also put forward in a way that wasn’t transphobic or abusive as Yaniv tried to claim they were.
It turns out that the HRC waxing case isn’t the only thing that Yaniv has been in the spotlight for.
These 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…
In 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.
This user on Twitter has created an image that highlights all of the inappropriate comments that Yaniv has made towards young girls.
She openly expressed that she wanted to share a cubicle with a young girl and “change pads” (sanitary products) together, and even help younger girls with their sanitary needs.
The swim is designed to welcome anyone from the LGBTQ+ community, and only allows people aged between twelve and twenty-four-years-old.
However, Yaniv outlined the rule that parents and/or caregivers are not allowed to attend for “privacy and safety,” as well as putting in a rule that allows participants to attend topless if they please.
Since her inappropriate and worrying behavior towards young girls came to light, thousands of people online have been bashing Yaniv, calling her a “predator” and saying that “pedophiles have no place in society.”
It all seems a little fishy to me…
Yaniv seems to have a slight obsession with young girls, in particular, those who are hitting puberty, and the thought of allowing her to run an event full of youngsters with no guardians present is unnerving.
She’s also made some pretty questionable comments concerning race: “We have a lot of immigrants here who gawk and judge and aren’t the cleanest. people.” Yikes.
Yet it seems that all she has done is attempt to take advantage of young girls and abuse her power within the LGBTQ+ community.
When she didn’t get her own way, she filed lawsuits against potentially innocent women who were just trying to earn a living.
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.
It’s no secret that the woman was extremely creepy, making disturbing comments about the intimate aspects of being a woman, or should we say a girl… but that wasn’t the reason that she got arrested.
Blaire White, a transgender woman who continually advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, was involved in a “heated debate” with Jessica. The video’s title involved the word “predator,” so you can already imagine the hostile tone of the vid.
And, after rummaging around in a drawer, Yaniv revealed that she keeps a stun gun, pepper spray, bear spray in her apartment due to the fact that she’s scared.
The weird thing is that, after she zapped it towards the camera, she even stated that fact while smiling.
White’s facial expression said it all; she was shocked at what Yaniv had just done.
“About three minutes after (the broadcast), I have RCMP showing up at my door and putting me into cuffs saying I have a prohibited weapon.”
She claimed that officers showed up at her apartment, despite already “knowing” that she had these weapons.
They confirmed that Yaniv was involved in the debate in which she presented the weapons to all of the viewers.
Because the arrest happened unexpectedly, the trans woman was forced to leave her apartment immediately. A guard was then ordered to stand outside it for over eight hours while they placed her in a holding cell.
But, this time, it was regarding an inappropriate image of a child that someone had sent to her over Facebook. Yaniv told them to come back to her apartment so that they could take an official report, which they did, and, now, an investigation is underway.
Yet media coverage of the trans-community is incredibly limited, and often very negative. It means that transgender people live in great risk, as people rarely understand their situation properly.
But, out of this negativity comes one wonderfully positive story. It is the story of Wyley Simpson, who was legally a man, but ended up becoming pregnant. It looks like the doctors aren’t always right. But how was this possible?