Marcia Da Silva is a woman who provides waxing of the genital area for women. Jessica Yaniv, a biological man who identifies as female and who has an unusual hobby.
He finds waxing salons that won’t service him and then he files a complaint with the British Columbian Human Rights Tribunal to try to put them out of business and Canadian laws are such that they allow no common sense to be part of their court rulings. Canada has devolved into a country that could be mugged by first class mail.
Ms. Da Silva refused Yaniv service because she was uncomfortable working with male genitalia and was never trained on how to do it.
During testimony, Yaniv went so far as to compare Da Silva to a “neo-Nazi.”
“The lawyer for [Da Silva] accused the complainant of engaging in ‘half-truths and fabrications,’” the Post reported. “Tribunal adjudicator Devyn Cousineau frequently had to interject to maintain decorum and to keep the hearing from careening off course.”
Ironically, the fear of careening off course is what started the whole mess.
The question before the tribunal — which is expected to rule in the case in a few weeks — was whether a business could deny service on the basis of gender identity. Yaniv, who was frustrated and likely unwaxed, argued that to allow businesses to do such a thing would be a “dangerous” precedent.
“You cannot choose who your clientele is going to be,” Yaniv said.
And since Yaniv lives in Canada, that’s a thing Yaniv gets to say.
Da Silva’s lawyer told the tribunal that “ruling against his client would be tantamount to ordering ‘intimate services’ against someone’s will.”