News

SASKATOON, September 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission announced that a mediated settlement has been reached between the owner of a Saskatoon bridal shop and a man who presents himself as a woman.

Rohit Singh, a student from India who came to Canada in 2010, filed a complaint against Jenny’s Bridal Boutique after the owner of the shop refused to allow him access to the women's changing room.

When Singh selected a dress and wanted to try it on, shop owner Jenny Correia refused him, saying “I don’t allow men to wear dresses in my store.’’

Image

Singh retorted, “I’m not a man, I’m a transgender and my sex-change procedure is going on,’’ according to media reports of the incident that happened on April 21.

The owner believed allowing a man to try on dresses would make female customers in the shop uncomfortable.

Despite media backlash, Correia stood by her statement in defense of the other women shopping in her store.

“To me it doesn't matter,” Correia said, according to CBC News. “He looked like a man. There were quite a few brides in the store. If you see a man trying on dresses, you're going to feel uncomfortable.”

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission ruled that Correia violated Singh's rights under Section 12 of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code “by denying a transgender woman service.”

According to the Human Rights Commission mediated settlement, Jenny Correia “agreed to provide a personal financial contribution to two local charities” of a total of $1,000.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported that Singh Peace stipulated that Correia give the “Avenue Community Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity” and “AIDS Saskatoon” $500 each.

Click “like” if you want to defend true marriage.

He also demanded that Correia apologize to him publicly in front of the media, but reportedly accepted a written apology instead.

“I am quite happy with the settlement,’’ said Singh, who is now known as Rohit Singh Peace after his “marriage” to his “fiancé” Colin Peace. “I don’t think any other business will do this again.’’

Comments

Commenting Guidelines

LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.