According to WNEM, a Planet Fitness gym in Midland, Michigan revoked the membership of a woman who complained that the trans woman she was sharing a locker room with looked too much like a man.
Yvette Cormier said that she was in the women’s locker room at the aggressively open-minded Planet Fitness — its slogan bills it as “A Judgment-Free Zone” — when she encountered a trans woman who “stunned and shocked her.”
“He looked just like a man,” Cormier told WNEM. “He did not look like a woman.” She did, however, want to make clear that she has “no issue with the LGBT community and fully understands the issue surrounding gender identity.”
But, she also said that when “a person walks into a women’s locker room and, in appearance, presents themselves like a man, the initial reaction is to think that there’s a man in the women’s locker room.”
Cormier also said that she was “concerned with what this could lead to. For instance, whether there’s any truth to a member’s gender identity claim,” echoing a favorite complaint of anti-trans activists. This policy could also, she continued, “lead to any man being able to claim he is a woman to gain access to the women’s locker room,” parroting another.
Planet Fitness claimed that she lost her membership for complaining to other women at the gym.
In a further statement, the company said it “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 statement continued, “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.”
Watch the report from WNEM below.