Yvette Cormier, a Michigan woman, had her Planet Fitness membership revoked after she complained that someone "dressed like a man" was in the women's locker room.
She said the person was wearing "a little bit of blush," but was also "huge" and appeared to Cormier as "very manly."
When she went to the front desk, they told her "whatever gender you feel you are, that's the locker room you're allowed to go in." Cormier said:
"[The man at the front desk] said, 'We've had lots of complaints about him but we told him to go change in a stall.' He said, 'If you're uncomfortable with that you can wait until he's done in there.' 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.'"
Corporate only confirmed that yes, they don't discriminate against people because of a gender identity.
She continued to go to her gym for the next few days, and during that time, spoke to other women in the locker room about her encounter. She claims they were just as "appalled" as she was.
Then corporate called her and revoked her membership. Cormier said:
"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. I'm telling them and warning them because you are not doing that. You allow men in there, and we are appalled by it."
Except that person is not a man, they self identify as a woman.
In a gym with slogans like "No critics" and "Judgement free zone," we feel like corporate made the right call.
McCall Gosselin, Planet Fitness Director of Public Relations, said:
"[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 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 cancelled.
As our statement outlines, her membership was not cancelled as a result of complaints about our policy, as we welcome all feedback from our members. Rather, it was the manner in which her concerns were expressed that club management felt was inappropriate, which resulted in the cancellation."
She may have felt uncomfortable but airing her grievances all over the gym, seemingly rallying other women against this transgender woman, is just plain wrong. And all that gossip could've made ANYONE just trying to fit in really uncomfortable!!
A gym should be a safe place for everyone. And everyone should include EVERYONE.