Pagan Sadomasochists Are People Too


British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal will hear the complaint of a Canadian man who claims he was discriminated against as a pagan who practiced sadomasochism. An attempt by the Vancouver police to block a hearing was shot down on Tuesday. Peter Hayes is arguing that his rights were violated when he was refused a permit to get a chauffeur job on the basis of his BDSM lifestyle and that he deserves protection under the sexual orientation based human rights code. The tribunal determined that the move to dismiss the case (on the grounds that BDSM doesn’t count as a sexual orientation) was premature. Quoth the judge:

“How can the tribunal determine if BDSM falls within the meaning of ‘sexual orientation’ if it does not have a full understanding of what BDSM means?”


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