A transgender woman expressed outrage after a Canadian women’s spa allegedly refused to let him enter last week.
Jia Qing Wilson-Yang, an author who transitioned from male to female, claimed that Body Blitz, a female only spa, refused him entry because he still has “male genitalia,” reports CBC News.
“My wife tried to book me a surprise appt @bodyblitzspa but they won’t allow ‘male genitalia’ at the spa and told us not to come,” Wilson Yang said in a Friday tweet.
People rushed rushed to social media to condemn the spa for being “discriminatory” and “transphobic.”
“I believe there’s a ban on Trans women who have not had a complete physical transition. I’m curious to know if bisexual women are OK? Is it only the T in LGBT+ who face discrimination?” one Facebook user wrote on the business’s page.
Body Blitz reaffirmed their support for the gay community but pointed out that they are not like other spas because they are “bathing suit optional.”
“We support the LGBTQ community and recognize that this is a sensitive issue. However, because Body Blitz Spa is a single-sex facility with full-nudity, we are not like other facilities. We recognize that this is an important discussion for single-sex facilities to have and we will seek to find a satisfactory resolution,” the company said in a statement Tuesday.
They added that they would be seeking advice from a “civil rights” professional to craft a policy that addresses the issue of transgender women.
Some women thanked the spa for their policy, saying it made them feel protected while there.
“My home girls and I love this spa!! Thank you for keeping women safe,” a user wrote.
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