John M. Becker

Planet Fitness Axes Member for Complaining About Trans Patron

Filed By John M. Becker | March 09, 2015 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: bathroom, bathroom panic, gym, kudos, locker room, Michigan, Planet Fitness

planet-fitness-logo.jpgToday's dose of awesomeness comes from Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan, which sent one of their members packing after she repeatedly complained about a transgender woman using the correct locker room. MLive reports:

Yvette Cormier said the incident occurred Saturday, Feb. 28, when she entered the women's locker room at the Planet Fitness location at 701 Joe Mann Boulevard in Midland.

"I was blocked, because a man was standing there," Cormier said. "It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?"

Cormier said an employee at the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman. After taking her complaints to Planet Fitness' corporate office, Cormier said she was told that the gym was a "no judgement zone" and they would not tell the individual in question to stay out of the women's locker room. The person has not been identified. [Editor's Note: The woman Cormier complained about has since been identified as Carlotta Sklodowski.]

Cormier was unhappy about this, so she started "warning" other women in the locker room about the trans female patron (or "man," as Cormier calls her). Planet Fitness' corporate office asked her if she intended to stop the gossip and harassment, and Cormier said she did not -- so they told her she was no longer welcome at their facility.

Planet Fitness released a statement reaffirming that its policies allow all members to use the facilities that correspond to their gender identity:

"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."

Kudos to Planet Fitness for implementing and unapologetically standing behind transgender-inclusive membership policies. If you'd like to show their Midland, Michigan location some love, click here for a link to their Facebook page.

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