Target: Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau
Goal: Praise Planet Fitness location for banning transphobic woman.
A Planet Fitness gym revoked the membership of a transphobic individual who was going around complaining that a transgender woman was not using the correct locker room. After the trans woman used the women’s locker room simply to hang up her coat and purse, a cisgender female gym member complained to the front desk and the corporate office. After Planet Fitness informed her that the gym does not discriminate based on gender identity, the cisgender woman proceeded to “warn” every other female member she could find in the gym about the trans woman in the women’s locker room.
Trans women often find themselves the target of severe harassment and discrimination. Due to rampant transphobia, it’s difficult for them to appear in public at all without having to fear open disgust and even violence from others. Trans women who openly express their gender are so often attacked and killed on the street and so often commit suicide that the average lifespan for a transgender woman is only 30 to 32 years.
In order to end this horrific pattern of injustice, it’s essential that cisgender people express acceptance of trans people and refuse to tolerate transphobia. By sticking to its “no judgment” policy and banning a woman who was spreading transphobic rhetoric around her gym, Planet Fitness has demonstrated a clear commitment to protecting and supporting one of our most vulnerable populations. Sign this petition to thank the company for demonstrating compassionate acceptance and refusal to tolerate bigotry.
Dear Mr. Rondeau,
I understand that one of your Planet Fitness locations in Midland, Michigan revoked the membership of a transphobic woman who was going around “warning” other gym members because a transgender woman used the female locker room to hang up her coat and purse. The woman you banned decided that, based on appearances, the trans woman was actually a man, and so she took it upon herself to spread her hateful attitude around the gym.
I wanted to express my approval regarding how Planet Fitness handled the situation. I admire your “no judgment” policy that refuses to exclude people based on gender identity and I’m glad to hear that your company is sticking by it. Trans women have a hard enough time being in public places without being harassed; they don’t need to feel like they can’t go to the gym because they aren’t allowed in the right locker room.
Thank you for setting up a safe and inclusive environment for trans people in your gyms. I hope you reward the employees at the Midland location for their appropriate reaction to this transphobic woman who was creating an unsafe atmosphere for your trans customers.
[Your Name Here]
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