Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Planet Fitness & Gender Identity Policies

Yvette Cormier, a member of Planet Fitness (Midland, Michigan) complained to front desk employees about the presence of a transgender woman in the women's locker room. She was told that it was Planet Fitness' policy to support members in using whichever locker room corresponds to their gender identity. Cormier then returned to the women's locker room and vocalized her complaints. Her response ended in the termination of her Planet Fitness membership.

Later on, she told ABC News:
"They said, 'You are talking to people about him in the women's locker room. You are making people upset.' That's my whole point. I'm telling them and warning them because you are not doing that. You allow men in there, and we are appalled by it." 


  1. It's really great to see a company taking this inclusive view on trans* individuals without being legislated or public-backlashed into it. Hopefully this will spur more companies into taking this approach (though I could unfortunately see it going the other way as well, depending on public opinion). I think this is also good to raise public awareness of trans* issues, which I think is important at this stage.

  2. Here's an interesting take on this case from the perspective of Zoey Tur:

    In the clip, Tur claims that the individual in question was not transgender, but a cross dresser. She raises, though briefly, some interesting points about self-policing within the transgender community and the difficulties with self-identification.