Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv loves a headline. Once again Jessica has targeted an immigrant-owned beauty parlour! The reason why the human rights complaint against a Canadian beauty salon was raised? The workers at the all-female Sikh owned beauty parlour refused to wax Yaniv’s male genitalia.
The She Point Beauty Studio is run by Women from the Punjab who are part of the Sikh religion. They offer their female clients Brazilian bikini waxes and leg waxes. They rejected Yaniv’s request for waxes based on religious and cultural reasons, according to the Justice Centre, which is defending the women.
“Women have a constitutional right not to be compelled to touch biological males in an intimate or highly personal manner if they are not comfortable doing so,” Jay Cameron, an attorney with the Justice Centre, said in a Tuesday statement. “Like male genital waxing, our client does not offer male leg waxing services to the public, and we intend to vigorously defend against this targeted harassment on behalf of our client.”
Yaniv lost the last complaints against beauty salons in October and was forced to pay out thousands to the women listed in the suits. The court found that Yaniv had “engaged in improper conduct” in filing the complaints.
The activist has a history of targeting immigrant populations and making derogatory comments about Indian women.
“We have a lot of immigrants here who gawk and judge and aren’t exactly the cleanest people,” Yaniv said in a recent tweet.
“They’re also verbally and physically abusive, that’s one main reason why I joined a girls gym, cause I DON’T want issues with these people, nor do I want anything to do with them in any way, shape or form. They lie about shit, they’ll do anything to support their own kind and make things miserable for everyone else.“
In the October ruling, the judgment cited Yaniv’s “racial animus” as one of the reasons for dismissing the human rights complaint.
“Yaniv has a grievance against certain ethnic and cultural groups in the lower mainland of BC which she perceives are failing to assimilate effectively into what she considers ‘Canadian’ culture,” the court ruling stated. “These complaints are one way in which she is attempting to make this point and punish members of these groups.”
it remains unclear whether the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal will hear the new case, which was reportedly filed in October 2019, but the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says it expects the complaint to proceed at some point in 2020. The tribunal did not return a request seeking further information.
In December, Yaniv threatened to file a human rights complaint against a gynaecologist office that refused her service.