Target: Director of public relations at Planet Fitness Corporate, McCall Gosselin
Goal: Applaud revocation of woman’s gym membership after creating an unsafe environment for trans people.
Planet Fitness recently revoked a woman’s membership after she expressed concern over a transgender individual in the women’s locker room. Planet Fitness has a strict no-judgment policy that allows individuals to use the locker room that pertains to their self-identified gender. The woman in question, Yvette Cormier, felt unsatisfied with the policy and returned to the gym every day to inform other women of what she felt was a “hidden policy.” Applaud the decision by Planet Fitness to cancel the woman’s membership.
Planet Fitness felt the manner in which Cormier expressed her concern was considered inappropriate and disruptive, resulting in the cancellation of her gym membership. They made sure to point out that it had nothing to do with her personal opinion, rather it was the manner in which she voiced her concerns. Cormier returned to the women’s locker room daily to tell several women of a policy she felt Planet Fitness had done little to bring to members attention.
Though Cormier’s opinions and concerns are entirely valid, the manner in which she raised awareness of the issue was not conducive to the environment of acceptance that Planet Fitness strives for. She created an atmosphere of distrust and perpetuated a feeling of discomfort that the transgender community is all too aware of. Sign this petition to applaud Planet Fitness in their decision to revoke the woman’s membership and uphold their policy.
Dear Mr. Gosselin,
I was pleased to hear of the recent decision to revoke the membership of a woman who inappropriately voiced concerns over a transgender person in the women’s locker room.
The policy set in place allowing all members to use the locker room that pertains to their gender identity is both progressive and respectful. Planet Fitness handled the situation well, making sure to voice their desire for all member’s to express their opinions and concerns in an appropriate manner. I applaud your decision to revoke the membership of a woman who did not comply with these standards.
Planet Fitness is an established, judgment-free business–much more progressive than others. Your commitment to non-judgmental practices has proven most successful and the recent revocation of a woman’s membership is consistent with these values. The respect shown to this woman in regards to her personal opinion was of the utmost importance and although her membership was ultimately revoked, it was done so in the most respectful manner.
Thank you for revoking this woman’s membership, upholding your values, and creating a safe space for all to self-identify.
[Your Name Here]
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