Planet Fitness cancelled the membership of a woman who complained about a transgender man/woman in the locker room saying she was “stunned and shocked. He looked like a very large man. He did not look like a woman!”
Member Yvette Cormier complained to a front desk employee after seeing a transgender woman in the women’s locker room at the Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan. But after the employee told her it is company policy to allow members to use whichever locker room associates with their gender identity, Cormier said she decided to tell “everyone in the locker room what happened.”
From ABC News:
Yvette Cormier, a 48, said she was walking into the Midland Planet Fitness locker room last Saturday when she saw someone “dressed like a man.” The person was wearing a wig and “a little bit of blush,” but was “huge” and appeared “very manly,” Cormier told ABC News today.
“I just stopped right there in my tracks,” she said. “It was a man for sure.”
Cormier, who had been a Planet Fitness member for two months, said she went to the front desk immediately. The man at the desk told her that Planet Fitness policy is “whatever gender you feel you are, that’s the locker room you’re allowed to go in,” she said.
“And then he said, ‘We’ve had lots of complaints about him but we told him to go change in a stall,’” Cormier said.
“He said, ‘if you’re uncomfortable with that you can wait until he’s done in there,’” she said. “I stood back and said, ‘How about he waits until I’m done in the women’s locker room. Or get a unisex bathroom.’ He asked if I would like to talk to the manager and I said, ‘I’m calling corporate.’”
When she called the corporate offices, she said, someone there confirmed that the person at the front desk was correct about Planet Fitness policies.
“I wouldn’t have signed up for this gym if I knew that ahead of time,” Cormier said, adding that the gym is “failing to protect me if anything happens in those locker rooms with a man.”
She said she went back to the gym the next few days and “told everyone in the locker room what happened.” She said everyone she talked to “was appalled.”
On Thursday, Cormier said, Planet Fitness Corporate called and revoked her membership immediately.
“They said, ‘You are talking to people about him in the women’s locker room. You are making people upset.’ That’s my whole point,” she said. “I’m telling them and warning them because you are not doing that. You allow men in there, and we are appalled by it.”
McCall Gosselin, director of public relations at Planet Fitness Corporate, released a statement to The Huffington Post on the decision:
Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members. Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity. The membership of the member in question was not cancelled as a result of complaints about the policy, as we welcome all feedback from our members. Rather, the manner in which she expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that club management deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled.
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