Saskatoon enterprise plans to fly new Satisfaction flag after it was torn down

Saskatoon enterprise plans to fly new Satisfaction flag after it was torn down

Saskatoon enterprise plans to fly new Satisfaction flag after it was torn down

The salon’s house owners discovered the Satisfaction flag, and rainbow and protected house stickers, taken down final week.

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The house owners of Fairly Younger Factor Studios in Riversdale are vowing to lift a brand new Satisfaction flag exterior of their salon after somebody ripped down the one which flew above the doorway and scratched off all the rainbow and protected house stickers final week.

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Anna Fulcher Gagnon and her sister Natashia (Tash) Fulcher Gagnon, house owners of the studio, seen the Satisfaction flag was tattered and whipping within the wind final Saturday night time. Then they seen the stickers have been gone which might have taken some effort to do, Tasha defined.

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“The flag was decently excessive. You couldn’t simply attain it from standing there, so somebody needed to make an effort to climb up there after which stand there and scratch all of the stickers off,” Natashia stated. “We really feel prefer it was focused.”

“It might be good to suppose it wasn’t,” Anna added.

“We needed to provide that particular person the advantage of the doubt it wasn’t. Honestly, it simply doesn’t actually make sense every other approach,” Natashia stated.

Sisters Tash and Anna Fulcher Gagnon are the owners of Pretty Young Thing Studios in Riversdale. Photo taken in Saskatoon on Jan. 26, 2023.
Sisters Tash and Anna Fulcher Gagnon are the house owners of Fairly Younger Factor Studios in Riversdale. Picture taken in Saskatoon on Jan. 26, 2023. Picture by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

They reached out to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix to lift consciousness about this occurring locally.

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Natashia stated that in the previous couple of months the enterprise had additionally considered one of its facet home windows smashed.

The siblings opened the enterprise in August 2021, and needed it to be a protected house for everybody.

Over her about 18-year profession as a hair stylist, Natashia stated she has heard from purchasers about dangerous experiences in salons, being misgendered or having to decide on a “males’s haircut” or a “girl’s haircut.” After they opened their enterprise, they needed to emphasize that they’re creating an setting and have employees who would guarantee people who find themselves 2SLGBTQ+ really feel snug, she defined.

The flag incident hasn’t led to them feeling unsafe, however has left them feeling upset.

“It’s 2023, individuals ought to settle for each other — and who cares you’re keen on? We simply actually labored actually arduous to make this spot for individuals, so we wish everybody to really feel that approach,” Anna stated.

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Anna stated they’ll stand their floor, as a enterprise or as individuals, to help and combat for members of the neighborhood who’re 2SLGBTQ+.

“So far as the flag goes, we’re positively going to fly it greater so nobody can contact it,” Anna stated.

The incident has not been reported to the Saskatoon Police Service.

Saskatoon police stated it hasn’t had any incidents of vandalism or hate-motivated crime involving homophobia or transphobia reported to it not too long ago. Nonetheless, police are encouraging anybody who has skilled it to report it to police so it may be investigated.

The police’s hate crimes unit can also be investigating the distribution of antisemitic flyers within the north finish of town, together with alongside Whiteswan Drive, earlier this month.

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In 2021, in keeping with Statistics Canada, there have been 25 reported hate crime incidents and 18 in 2020, and 10 incidents have been reported in 2019 and 10 in 2018. The data didn’t specify the targets of the incidents.

Incidents of hate crime could be reported to Saskatoon police on-line.

Krystal Nieckar, the manager director of OutSaskatoon, stated in a press release that she is saddened to listen to of what occurred at PYT Studios.

“Defacing a satisfaction flag and vandalizing a constructing of a Studio that could be a protected house for 2SLGBTQ+ people isn’t solely fallacious, however it’s a hate crime! In at the moment’s local weather, the tone of this sort of violence and hurt is normalized,” she wrote.

The outline of a rainbow sticker can be seen on the mailbox of Pretty Young Thing Studios in Saskatoon on Jan. 26, 2023.
The define of a rainbow sticker could be seen on the mailbox of Fairly Younger Factor Studios in Saskatoon on Jan. 26, 2023. Picture by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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