Settlement reached with bridal shop that denied service to transgender bride

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — The owner of a Canadian bridal shop has agreed to make donations to two local charities as part of a settlement mediated by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to resolve a complaint that it refused service to a transgender woman.

Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.Photo: Liam Richards via The Canadian Press
Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny’s Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.

Jenny’s Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon was accused of denying service to Rohit Singh earlier this year.

Singh said she went to the store on April 21 with her fiancé and a friend and when they selected a dress and asked to try it on, Singh said she was told that men weren’t allowed to try on the clothing.

The commission said Wednesday that Jenny’s Bridal Boutique violated the province’s human rights code by refusing to serve Singh because she’s transgender.

In lieu of settling the claim with payment to Singh, the bridal shop owner of has agreed to donate an undisclosed amount of money to two local charities.

“I’m quite happy with the decision. I’m very satisfied. It’s quite what I wanted,” Singh told CTV. She said the the payments were in lieu of receiving a public apology.

Singh and her husband, Colin Peace, were married on April 29.

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