Michigan Woman’s membership revoked by Planet Fitness after transgender complaint

Michigan Woman’s membership revoked by Planet Fitness after transgender complaint

Fitness chain Planet Fitness revoked the membership of a Michigan woman after she complained about a transgender person in women’s locker room. After 48 year old Yvette Cormier noticed someone ‘dressed like a man’ in the women’s locker room, she immediately went to the front desk to complain.

However, the front desk staff told Cormier that Planet Fitness policy suggest, "whatever gender you feel you are, that's the locker room you're allowed to go in”. Cormier contacted the Planet Fitness corporate office and they confirmed the policy suggested by the front desk staff and the fitness club.

Cormier has been member of Planet Fitness for the past two months. Cormier said, "I wouldn't have signed up for this gym if I knew that ahead of time."

Commenting on the issue, Planet Fitness Director of Public Relations McCall Gosselin said, “The gym 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."

McCall Gosselin said that Cormier’s Planet Fitness membership was not revoked only because she raised the issue about the transgender person. Gosselin commented that Cormier’s manner in which she expressed her concerns was inappropriate. The management decided to revoke her membership.

LGBT community advocates have supported the decision taken by Planet Fitness.

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