Earlier this week the following story appeared on my facebook feed care of a CNN post and I celebrated, I have been threatened just this last weekend with “being fucked up” for being in the ladies room so I celebrated …for a minute
Planet Fitness revokes woman’s membership after transgender complaint
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Planet Fitness expels member over gender identity issue 02:29
(CNN)A Michigan woman lost her Planet Fitness membership over the “inappropriate” manner in which she complained about a transgender woman in the locker room, a gym spokeswoman said.
Yvette Cormier’s membership was not canceled for simply raising the issue, “as we welcome all feedback from our members,” said McCall Gosselin, director of public relations at Planet Fitness Corporate.
Rather, it was the manner in which she expressed her concerns that club management felt was inappropriate, resulting in the cancellation, Gosselin said.
Cormier stands by her actions in a case that has drawn attention to transgender rights.
“This is all new to me. I didn’t go out to specifically bash a transgender person that day. I was taken aback by the situation,” Cormier told CNN. “This is about me and how I felt unsafe. I should feel safe in there.”
The mother of two says she was acting out of concern for her safety and the privacy of other female gym members when she raised the issue on Saturday, February 28.
She went to the front desk after someone who looked like a “man” entered the women’s locker room while she was changing.
“I wanted to know why there was a man in the women’s locker room,” she told CNN. “He looked like a man, and that’s what stopped me in my tracks.”
She said the front desk employee told her about Planet Fitness’ “no-judgment” policy, which allows people to use changing room based on “their sincere, self-reported gender identity.”
Unsatisfied, she said she called Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and heard the same thing.
“That should be something they pointed out when I signed up,” she said.
“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room. I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”
She returned to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday “to get the word out” to other women that they “let men in the women’s locker room,” she said.
“Every day I said ‘just so you know, there’s a man they allow in this locker room and they don’t tell you that when you sign up,’ ” she said.
The next day, she found out that her membership had been canceled.
Cormier said Planet Fitness needs to do a better job of informing members of its policy allowing members to use whichever locker room corresponds with their gender identity, which refers to a person’s psychological identification as a man, woman or another gender.
“The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was canceled,” Gosselin said in a statement on behalf of Planet Fitness.
“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a nonintimidating, welcoming environment for our members. Our gender identity nondiscrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”
LGBT advocates applauded the Planet Fitness policy, saying it was necessary to ensuring the safety and privacy of transgender individuals.
Planet Fitness has the right to allow members to use whichever locker room corresponds with their gender identity, Alison Gill, senior legislative council for the Human Rights Campaign, told MLive.
Even though gender identity is not a protected class under Michigan anti-discrimination laws, transgender individuals still have the right to use whichever bathroom they feel comfortable using, attorney Jay Kaplan with the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project told MLive.
“A transgender woman would be much more at risk for her safety if she had to use the men’s bathroom,” he said.
Cormier does not see it that way. But she agrees with LGBT advocates on one potential solution: unisex, single-stall bathrooms.
Mia’s thoughts- So it all sounds wonderful then the haters below came out? Obviously they have no idea what transgender means one below says “if a guy who looked like a dude and dressed like a dude was in the change room I’d raise a noise” we’ll my little doublewide dwelling couch living troglodyte if they dressed like a dude and acted like a dude then they’re not gender dysphoric sorry I forgot I’m communicating with the red neck of the species THEY’RE NOT TRANS.
You see the day I was allowed to start shots I gave every piece of male clothing to charity, yes my voice gives me away courtesy of a steroid raging gay hating bouncer in 96 who hung me over a balcony by my trachea, but in the ladies room at the gym I have a sports bra on, sports briefs under womens leggings and my ass length hair is woven into a braid with my nails done and make up on. When I leave I change into my normal bra and underwear and my skirt and top so you see “noones dressed like a dude and acting like a dude”.
Another fool said “THE SWINGING DICK IN THE SHOWER WOULD GIVE THEM AWAY” well fool if were pre op we rarely shower in public team style showers, we change leaving the under wear on and leave.
As for planet fitness discriminating against straight women? Really what cave have you been in for the last century? they’re not discriminating they’re evening the playing field.
As for looking like a dude check out the pic below this woman who passed five years ago was my sister and trans ,yes born a man yet she was beautiful.
I can guarantee every wanker below has sat on a bus beside a trans woman and never knew and they have peed next t us in the next stall and never knew.
Another thing fools, a large portion of us are post op that means that we have the same genitals as you so if we were naked in the shower unfortunately the only thing swinging would be our drooping boobs and asses like every other woman in America. Get over yourselves haters were not becoming women physically to wank off at your cellultite covered asses we became women to just be happy with our own cellulite coverd asses just like you
Dave Trotter So, in the end, Planet Fitness actually did judge someone, resulting in taking away their membership. What hypocrites.
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Donna Dent This is just crazy, if someone who looked like a man and dressed like a man walked in on me I would be raising all sorts of heck.
Rob Mangen Transgender woman lol you mean a dude in the women’s locker room
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Laurie Mckenna Hell no. Has nothing to do w rezpect for fellow man, women or trans. Women should not have to have a ‘man’ parading around in the ladis locker rm.
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