- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2019

British comedian Ricky Gervais set Twitter abuzz this week after he mocked a transgender activist for complaining that a gynecologist refused to serve her.

Jessica Yaniv, a Canadian transgender woman who is biologically male, recently made headlines after losing multiple discrimination complaints against salon workers who refused to wax her male genitalia. She sparked another controversy on Monday after she threatened to take legal action against a gynecologist who refused to see her.

“So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that ‘we don’t serve transgender patients,’ ” Ms. Yaniv wrote. “And me, being me, I’m shocked… and confused… and hurt. Are they allowed to do that, legally? Isn’t that against the college practices?

“So @cpsbc_ca I’ll file a complaint with you today about that clinic. Trans people need to be included, not excluded from society. Pre and post gender affirming surgery care is super important!” she added.

Mr. Gervais mocked Ms. Yaniv for making such a demand of medical professionals who specialize in the female reproductive system.

“It’s disgusting that a qualified gynaecologist can refuse to check a lady’s c—k for ovarian cancer,” he wrote. “What if her bollocks are pregnant? She could lose the baby. I’m outraged.”

After receiving some backlash from the LGBTQ community for the tweet, Mr. Gervais pointed to Ms. Yaniv’s history and clarified that he was only mocking her and not the community as a whole.

“Not transgender people,” he tweeted to one critic. “One transgender person who targeted vulnerable women of colour to try to get them to wax their b–s and then sued them. Do some research.”

“One simple google search and YOU would know that the person I was ridiculing is a serial troll who tried to get vulnerable women of colour to wax her b–s and then tried to sue them for refusing. Thoughts?” he tweeted to another.

Ms. Yaniv later deleted both tweets.

“Damn,” Mr. Gervais responded. “The sex-pest troll deleted their tweet. My reply looks mental now. Should I delete too or leave it there like some weird, cryptic fossil imprint?”

The comedian’s tweets remain active.

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