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Woman Loses Her Fitness Club Membership For Not Respecting Another Member's Gender Identity

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan, has revoked Yvette Cormier’s membership for not respecting the gender identity of another member.

An unnamed member who identifies as a woman walked into the women’s locker room.

"I was stunned and shocked," Cormier told WNEM. "He looked like a man ... He did not look like a woman."

The member was getting undressed when Cormier walked in, and she said she felt threatened.

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“This is very unprofessional,” Cormier said. "This is very scary."

Cormier complained to the front desk and contacted Planet Fitness’s corporate offices.

"They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that's the sex he wants to be," Cormier said. 

Planet Fitness revoked Cormier’s membership for violating its no judgement zone policy. She said she’s not concerned about getting her membership back, but she does want to inform others of the incident.

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Planet Fitness said Cormier acted inappropriately. A statement from the company read: ”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.

“In expressing her concerns about the policy, the member in question 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 cancelled."

Source: WNEM / Image via Mike Mozart/Flickr