MIDLAND, Mich. — A Michigan woman’s membership to Planet Fitness has been revoked after complaining about a transgender woman in the locker room, and then refusing to stop telling other gym members that a “a man” was using the women’s facilities.
Yvette Cormier said the incident occurred Saturday, Feb. 28, when she entered the women’s locker room at the Planet Fitness in Midland, reports MLive.com.
“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.
Planet Fitness said that Cormier persisted in talking about the incident with other members at the gym, warning them that a “man” was allowed to use the women’s locker room.
The company issued a statement indicating that Cormier “exhibited behavior that club management deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was canceled.”McCall Gosselin, Planet Fitness Director of Public Relations, 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,” said Gosselin.
Cormier said the issue is that Planet Fitness failed to warn her about the possibility she could be sharing a locker room with a transgender individual.