Canadian lawmakers will soon have to answer the next great human rights question, which is set to be a true milestone for equality: Is a transgender woman legally entitled to compel a Muslim body waxer to pluck her genitals when, for religious purposes, the waxer normally waxes only biological women?
According to the complaint, the transgender woman is fighting Mad Wax, a Canadian “spa” in Windsor, Ontario for “refusal to provide me with leg-waxing services because I am a transgender woman, and their disclosing my name, gender identity and personal information to various media outlets has left me feeling threatened, exposed, with my rights violated in terms of seeking services as a woman in the Windsor-Essex community.”
Transgender women are biologically male, and this particular waxing customer is pre-operation, meaning that she still has her male appendages.
“All clients regardless of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation are welcome,” said Jason Carruthers, CEO of Mad Wax said in a statement. “However, we also welcome staff members and respect their religious beliefs and feelings of safety and dignity in regards to the right not to perform waxing services on males or male genitals.”
Carruthers said that the transgender woman requested a Brazilian wax, not a leg wax as she claims in her lawsuit. According to him, Mad Wax does not perform Brazilian waxes on males.
“[The policy] has never been an issue,” he said.
The Canadian Human Rights Act says that businesses must provide “accommodations for transgender or gender non-conforming persons when necessary.” The transgender woman is seeking $50,000 in damages.
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