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Planet Fitness cancels woman's membership after her complaints of transgender woman in locker room

By Jessica Shepherd | jessica_shepherd@mlive.com
on March 06, 2015 at 5:11 PM, updated March 07, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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MIDLAND, MI -- A Midland County woman's gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members "a man" was using the woman's locker room.

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.

The slogan "Judgement Free Zone" is regularly used by Planet Fitness.

A statement released by McCall Gosselin, public relations director for Planet Fitness, states that members can use the locker room corresponding with their personal gender identity.

Cormier disagrees with the policy and feels it's a safety issue.

According to Cormier, she returned to the gym each day between Monday and Thursday. While there, Cormier said she told women in the locker room about the individual she observed in the bathroom the weekend before.

Cormier said she then got a call from Planet Fitness' corporate office telling her that she was violating their "no judgement" policy. She says they asked if she was going to stop talking to other women in the locker room and she said she would not.

Cormier said the representative told her she was no longer welcome at the gym.

The statement released by Gosselin confirms that Cormier's actions led to the cancellation of her membership, though the statement does not go into details of the situation.

Here is a look at the statement, in full:

"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."

"I feel it's kind of one sided," Cormier said about the policy. "I feel like I am the one who is being punished."

She feels Planet Fitness could provide a third locker room for transgender people.

The women's locker room offers private changing stalls and includes bathroom stalls with doors.

According to Alison Gill, senior legislative council for the Human Rights Campaign, the gym is within its rights to create a policy that welcomes members to use the locker room corresponding with their gender identity.

"They have that right," she said.

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As a transgender woman myself I never had any problems like this but reading this story kinda hurts me.

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The woman should be squashed like a grape. She obviously took it to the papers. Good on the gym.Good on you gigi too, go for it! x

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Guest Rachelle of London

Reminds me of the man that used to frequent Virgin Active ladies changing rooms in North London, he wasnt transgender though just a perv. :lmao:

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What bugs me the most is not that bigoted cunt who wears her stupidity on her face but that it made the news. I would have understand it if the trans woman was booted out of planet fitness because that would have been a social issue but i don't understand why space is given to a transphobic cunt to moan about being told she is one.

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I think it's great it made the news. It shows there are private public spaces where trans issues are recognized favorably. That woman comes out looking like a fool. It's usually the other way around in the news (someone being excluded for no good reason or discriminated against).

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I think it's great it made the news. It shows there are private public spaces where trans issues are recognized favorably. That woman comes out looking like a fool. It's usually the other way around in the news (someone being excluded for no good reason or discriminated against).

True but this article makes it sound like the cunt is the victim.

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I think it's great it made the news. It shows there are private public spaces where trans issues are recognized favorably. That woman comes out looking like a fool. It's usually the other way around in the news (someone being excluded for no good reason or discriminated against).

I agree. I love that she got in touch with them to complain, and then later they called HER to tell her they were going to revoke her membership. Good for the gym!!

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" She feels Planet Fitness could provide a third locker room for transgender people."

Because that just screams equality and not discrimination at all . What a stupid woman .

Bravo to Planet Fitness !

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Was totally expecting this story to be about PF revoking the trans woman's membership, so I'm happy to see it was the other way around. Good for PF.

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She's uncomfortable having a trans woman in the locker with her who's probably has no interest in her whatsoever, yet, she's comfortable with lesbians in there? Weird.

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