Yvette Cormier, a woman from Midland County, Michigan, had her Planet Fitness membership canceled after she refused to stop telling other gym members that a “man” was using the facilities in the women’s locker room.
Cormier claims that when she went to exercise at her local Planet Fitness in Midland on Feb. 28, she came across a male gym-goer in the women’s locker room.
“I was blocked, because a man was standing there,” Cormier told WNEM TV 5 in Saginaw, Michigan on Friday. “It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?” Cormier complained to the front desk.
“This is very unprofessional. This is very scary,” Cormier added. “They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that’s the sex he wants to be.”
Cormier said she understood that some men identify as women and that some women identify as men but said the person had a very masculine appearance. The person has not been identified.
Planet Fitness is well-known for its “judgment-free policy” and a statement released by McCall Gosselin, public relations director for the popular chain of gyms, said that any member can use the locker room that corresponds with the gender a person identifies with.
“Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity,” the statement said. “The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled.”
Meanwhile, Cormier believed the incident was “one-sided” and that she was “the only one being punished.” She also asked that Planet Fitness provide a third locker room for transgendered people.