Jessica Yaniv, an LGBTQ advocate, posted a derogatory message about a Sikh guy sitting next to her.
On her Twitter account, British Columbia-based LGBTQ advocate Jessica Yaniv describes herself as “One proud Lesbian. I’ll never give up fighting for human rights equality.” But on Thursday, the activist got pulled up on social media for an action that totally defied her stand on human rights.
Sikh activist Simran Jeet Singh posted a picture on his Twitter On Thursday night, which showed a screen shot of Yaniv’s post about an elderly Sikh guy seated next to her. “The man who appears to be sitting in a public place minding his business was captured in a picture by Yaniv, who then sent… a racist message calling out the man with the F word, just because he wore a turban.”
Yaniv’s racist post confirms a deep-seated hatred for brown skin, turban, or beards among a growing tribe of white supremacists.
However, soon as the post went viral, Twitter users were sure to call out Yaniv and tell her a thing or two about human rights and equality. Simran Jeet Singh wrote on his Twitter: “We need to be firm and clear about standing against racism. But we also need to cut the cycle of hate. Please be humane in your responses to @trustednerd.”
Another Sikh activist and lawyer, Jo Kaur, shared the post on her Twitter and wrote: “A self-identified “LGBTQIA+ & Human Rights Advocate/Social Justice Warrior” spewed racism against a turbaned Sikh man & posted it online. Called him a “turban fucker.” It’s not just conservatives who are bigoted against Sikhs and other religious minorities/brown folk.
Trans woman Yaniv is not new to controversy. Yaniv, who went by the name Jonathan, in the past had filed 16 human rights complaints against estheticians in the Vancouver area. She had alleged that these places refused to give her a Brazilian bikini wax because of her appearance.
It has been alleged that most of the places she targeted were run by immigrants, who refused her as they did not service men. Many allege that she purposely targeted such places. She was also accused of indecent encounters with underage girls.