GOP lawmaker: Planet Fitness trans-friendly ‘anti-reality’ policy threatens safety of women
Republican state Representative Gary Glenn told The Saginaw News‘ Mark Tower that Planet Fitness’s aggressively inclusive, “No Judgment Zone” policy “violates the privacy, comfort, and peace of mind of women” like Yvette Cormier, whose membership the company revoked after she complained that a trans woman who “just looked like a man” was using the women’s locker room.
“Planet Fitness obviously should rethink its anti-woman, anti-reality policy,” Rep. Glenn said. “If they don’t, they shouldn’t be surprised in a conservative family-friendly community such as Midland if they lose more female members.”
“My wife has been a member at the Planet Fitness in Midland,” he continued. “As she characterized the situation, Planet Fitness has made clear it does not offer a family friendly environment, and she said she will not be going back, and I imagine they’ll lose other customers as well.”
Unlike Cormier, who at least claimed to have “no issue with the LGBT community and fully understands the issue surrounding gender identity,” Rep. Glenn is a well-known opponent of LGBT rights, and currently serves as the president of the American Family Association of Michigan.
As for Cormier, Planet Fitness Director of Public Relations McCall Gosselin reiterated to ABC News that her membership was revoked not because she complained, but because of the manner in which she did so.
“As our statement outlines, her membership was not cancelled as a result of complaints about our policy, as we welcome all feedback from our members,” Gosselin said. “Rather, it was the manner in which her concerns were expressed that club management felt was inappropriate, which resulted in the cancellation.”
Cormier, Gosselin said, not only complained to Planet Fitness’ corporate offices, but she returned to the location to “warn” other women about the presence of a trans woman in the locker room.
Although the identity of the trans woman in question is not definitively known, on Saturday The Saginaw News‘ Jessica Shepherd reported that Carlotta Sklodowski believes that she is the individual Cormier is complaining about.
Sklodowski said “I’m not actually a member, I was there as a guest of one of my friends,” and said that when she asked Planet Fitness employees which locker room to use, she was told the one “that corresponds with how you are dressed.”
She said that many people tell her she looks like a man, but didn’t recall anyone looking uncomfortable with her presence in the Planet Fitness locker room when she was there.