Gym Does The Right Thing & Kicks Out Transphobic Woman

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A Planet Fitness facility in Michigan ­­­kicked a woman out after she wouldn’t stop talking (to everyone) about a trans member in the locker room. Good job.

Yvette Cormier told mlive.com that while attempting to enter the women’s locker room on Saturday, Feb. 28, she was halted by someone standing in the way. “It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?” she added. She approached an employee about the incident, and the front desk staff let her know that the person in question identifies as a woman.

Unsatisfied with the answer she received from her gym, Cormier then contacted the company’s corporate office. And, the gym fired back in the best way possible: No, they weren’t going to ostracize the individual from the women’s locker room, as their members are free to use whichever locker room corresponds to their sincere self-reported gender identity, Planet Fitness public relations director, McCall Gosselin, said in a statement.

The next week, Cormier went back to the gym. Instead of getting her sweat on and getting out, however, she decided to let others know about what she’d seen in the locker room.

We’re not sure what she hoped would come of doing this, but Planet Fitness’ corporate offices called her on it, literally. If she wasn’t willing to stop talking about the trans member in the locker room, then she would no longer be welcome at the gym, as it's a judgement-free zone.

Here’s McCall’s full statement on the matter:

"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."

Locker rooms can be pretty uncomfortable for some as it is — hello, you know you keep your eyes down, too — there’s no need to make it worse. There are certainly plenty of private areas to change, and bathrooms do have doors. Why not strike up a conversation with the person? Educate yourself on what you don't know. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about trans individuals, there's no need to perpetuate them.

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