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  1. Penny Marie Sautereau 5 May 2013, 5:02am

    It was in Saskatchewan? Sadly no surprise. Sadly even Canada has it’s redneck quotient, and the bulk of them are in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

    1. As a gay man from the city where this happened, I take slight offense to this. Just because Saskatchewan and Alberta have higher percentage of rural populations, and though such areas tend towards conservatism, overall I have found the people of Saskatoon to be very accepting of people who identify as LGBTQ. The owner of the bridal shop is one woman, and her opinion hardly characterizes the entire area. I think the fact that so many people in the community are speaking out against her horrible treatment of Rohit Singh demonstrates the community’s overall feelings on the subject, despite being “rednecks”.

      1. Penny Marie Sautereau 5 May 2013, 2:48pm

        Take offense all you like. It’s factually accurate. the majority of Canada’s bigots are from those two Provinces.That doesn’t mean YOU’RE one, or that EVERYONE there is, nor did I ever make any such claim. But by the same token YOU living there and dozens of people protesting the shop also does not negate the higher concentrations of redneck bigots that AB and SK produce.

        1. Christopher in Canada 5 May 2013, 3:44pm

          Do you have stats to back up your “factual” claim? Have you done a comparative study including Northern Manitoba, Northern Ontario and the Maritimes? How about Quebec? In my experience, the bigots are more apparent in rural areas, but that does not mean there aren’t as many in the urban.

  2. Seymour Cat 5 May 2013, 10:01am

    Maybe morality guardian should be “ignorance guardian”.

    A Lycanthrope is the professed of ability or power to transform into a wolf, not a cow.

  3. Christopher in Canada 5 May 2013, 12:52pm

    We Canucks are usually a peacful, easy-going bunch, but NO ONE gets in the way of our fashion choices!!

  4. Candy Darling 5 May 2013, 5:08pm

    Bigot, go somewhere else.

    I’m quite sure that every transgender person is capable of bringing more joy to the World in one day than you could in a lifetime.

  5. Ah, a fellow professional! I am a a doctor whose field is mental health, where did you train? The ‘professional’ reference you refer to is the DSM (published by the American Psychiatric Association, (primarily for use the the USA) and the ICD (used in Europe). As I recall, homosexuality used to grace the pages of the DSM until it was removed in the seventh printing (DSM-II) in 1974. So-called Gender Identity ‘Disorder’ entered the psychiatric nomenclature in the DSM-III in 1980 and is still listed. In my opinion GID should also be removed. I specialise in the treatment of children & young people and find the inclusion in the DSM to be totally inappropriate. Both the DSM & ICS have been criticised for allowing the distinction between psychopathology and normal psychological phenomena. The concept of mental disorder, like many other concepts in medicine and science, lacks a consistent operational definition that covers all situations.

    1. Actually, in the upcoming printing, DSM have scratched Gender Identity Disorder as a mental illness, and have updated it to Gender Dysphoria. It’s a step forward.

  6. The DSM defines a mental disorder as characterised by: (a) present distress; (b) present disability; (c) a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom. In the young people I work with, some are referred as having possible gender dysphoria. Most of the criteria in the DSM does not apply to most trans people. Research supports the view that transsexualism is usually an isolated diagnosis and not part of any general psychopathological disorder. The issue of ‘distress’ comes from outside – from family, peer group and the general public such as a shop owner who will not allow a young woman to try on a dress ….

  7. Patrick Eagan M.Sc.Nursing RN 6 May 2013, 8:47am

    If I owned the store there is no way in hell would a guy in drag try on anything period. I suggest that anyone wanting to buy such apparel, give the store a call and find out, It saves time and trouble for everyone. Don’t know the complete story but I will bet the store will no longer cater to any of us for anything. thanks for that.

    1. First, in Canada, by law, if someone wants to buy a damn dress, they are allowed to buy a damn dress.
      Second, SHE is not dressing in drag. You’re a nurse!? Open a psychology book and learn more about transgender and I hope my mother’s sister is never in your care or someone like you.
      Third, if someone wants to buy your $x,000 dress, you say, “Yes. Would you like accessories with that?”
      This same proprietor is on record for denying service to a women in a wheelchair because “she didn’t want her rolling through her store” and denying service to plus size women.

    2. carol uren 7 May 2013, 1:00am

      I thought the nursing profession was supposed to be the caring profession?? Why on earth should any transgender woman have to phone a shop in advance to see if they are willing to serve her, besides which, this type of discrimination is against the law I believe in that province.
      As Ad Lib has correctly pointed out, she is not a man in drag, she is recognised in law as a woman. What would happen if a natal female who suffered from hirsutism (better open up your medical text book on that one too) happened to wander into that store, would the owner ask her to leave as well?? Does she give all her customers a beauty check to see if they fit in with her idea of femininity??
      This is the 21st century, it’s time for people to grow up and stop living in the dark ages

  8. Moral Compass, I recommend opening a psychology book newer that 1970.

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