'Shocked, confused and hurt': Transgender woman's fury after gynaecologist refused to see her

An irate transgender woman who created a stir when she took legal action against beauticians who refused to wax her genitalia now claims a gynaecologist has refused to examine her.

Jessica Yaniv, from Canada, posted about the incident on Twitter on Monday (local time), saying it left her feeling “shocked, confused and hurt”.

“So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that ‘we don't serve transgender patients’,” the 32-year-old said.

“Are they allowed to do that, legally? Isn't that against the college practices?” she asked the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC).

Jessica Yaniv, from Canada, is a transgender woman who previously took legal action against beauticians who refused to wax her genitalia.
Jessica Yaniv, from Canada, posted on Twitter about an incident that left her feeling “shocked, confused and hurt”. Source: Twitter

Ms Yaniv went on to say “gynaecologists form a part of the multidisciplinary team who engage with transgender and non‐binary patients, either as part of the transition stage performing surgery or managing pre‐ or post‐transition gynaecological problems”.

The following day, the self-proclaimed LGBTQIA+ advocate told her 140,000 Twitter followers the CPSBC had confirmed to her the refusal was considered discrimination under the BC human rights code and against their code of ethics.

The 32-year-old said she was planning on filing a complaint with the clinic.

“Trans people need to be included, not excluded from society. Pre and post gender affirming surgery care is super important,” she said.

In a statement provided to The Daily Mail, the CPSBC said staff “never offer opinions on specific situations discussed over the phone with patients”.

Pictured is Jessica Yaniv's initial post, saying a gynaecologist refused to serve her.
The 32-year-old said she was planning on filing a complaint with the clinic. Source: Twitter

Ms Yaniv was directed to a practice standard that addresses discrimination, it said.

Prior to her recent claims, she had filed complaints seeking thousands of dollars in damages against beauticians in Vancouver for refusing to wax her genitalia, according to the publication.

Last month, the British Human Rights Tribunal dismissed her claims.

“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,” it said.

“I find that Ms Yaniv’s predominant motive in filing her waxing complaints is not to prevent or remedy alleged discrimination, but to target small businesses for personal financial gain,” adjudicator Devin Cousineau said.

She was ordered to pay a fine of $6000.

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