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. 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...
Acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community has grown massively over the years...
via: Getty ImagesToday, 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!
The transgender community is bigger than ever...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.
Surgeries are now available...
via: Getty ImagesMany 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.
But, sadly, trans people put up with hate and abuse on a daily basis.
via: Getty ImagesAlongside other members of the LGBTQ+ community, trans people face hate, abuse, and even death in some cases, for identifying as a gender that is different to the sex they were assigned at birth.
So the world is no stranger to issues surrounding the treatment of the community...
via: ShutterstockAnd Jessica Yaniv is certainly no stranger to being the face of these issues.
Born as Johnathan Yaniv...
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."
Women are having action taken against them for refusing to handle male genitalia...
via: Getty Images2 of these women have already been forced out of business by the HRC's actions.
One of these women is an immigrant...
via: Getty ImagesComing from Brazil, this anonymous woman operated her female waxing business from home 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.
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 have 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 are potentially going to be prosecuted is causing 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
Those in the spotlight have even had their say...
@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
The truth about Yaniv has been coming out over the last week...
Screenshots from conversations with Yaniv via Facebook messenger have 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 have caused great concern.
@trustednerd Did they ask you about these tweets? https://t.co/TWUmomtcwB— Puck Shooterson (@Puck Shooterson)1563829646.0
Yaniv has 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
Yaniv has been 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
It all seems a little fishy to me...
Jessica Yaniv is hosting a topless LGBTQ swimming event for girls (“people”) 12 and up where parents and guardians… https://t.co/DtR7KPnn6L— Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong)1563808447.0
She claims 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.
And it may not be for the reasons that we've already outlined...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.
You would never believe what happened during a public YouTube debate with Yaniv.
via: YouTubeBlaire 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.
Throughout the video, the two discussed the difficulties of being a trans woman.
via: YouTubeAnd, after rummaging around in a drawer, Yaniv revealed that she keeps a stun gun, pepper spray, and bear spray in her apartment due to the fact that she's scared.
It is illegal in Canada to be in possession of such weapons.
via: YouTubeThe 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.
However, Yaniv claimed that she was charged unfairly.
via: YouTube"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.
The neighbors all watched as she was arrested.
via: YouTubeThey confirmed that Yaniv was involved in the debate in which she presented the weapons to all of the viewers.
She talked about how her apartment was left "unsecured."
Weirdly enough, though, she called the police again after she was released.
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.