Demand Justice for Homosexual Family in Virginia

Target: President and CEO of Carilion Clinic

Goal: Stop discriminating against homosexual families who want to join health club

In Virginia, a family’s membership rights were revoked when the Carilion Clinic realized that the family was made up of two dads, who were planning to take their two-year-old son to the pool over the summer. There is no excuse for this blatant discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Carilion Clinic must renew the membership for the family and issue them a full apology.

Will Trinkle and Juan Grandos had been accepted for membership Roanoke Athletic Club and had counted on the pool there to take their son, Oliver, to swim. The Carilion Clinic, a medical company local to Roanoke, Virginia, owns the gym and when they discovered that the Trinkle-Grandos’ had applied together as one family, they called to tell them that their application had been accepted by mistake. In this phone call, Trinkle said the company claimed to be following the state law of Virginia, but that the representative said  the company was “‘tightening policies’ so no families like us would ever ‘get as far’ as we had.”

This type of discrimination sets a dangerous precedent for other businesses in Virginia. According to a post from the New Civil Rights Movement, the Carilion Clinic owns seven hospitals in the area and serves health care to over one million people. If the company refuses rights to the Trinkle-Grandos family for just the swimming pool, it’s clear that its policy could extend into other areas of their operations, namely denying visitation rights to homosexuals admitted in its hospitals.


Dear President and CEO of Carilion Clinic,

Your mistreatment of the Trinkle-Grandos family will not be tolerated. In the 21st century, human beings do not deserve to be discriminated based on gender, race, or sexual orientation. I demand you apologize to the Trinkle-Grandos family and reinstate their membership to the Roanoke Athletic Club.

The family was admitted to the Club before you realized their orientation, and you subsequently withdrew your decision. It is bad enough that you are discriminating against same-sex couples, but it is absolutely terrible that you double-crossed your word. I urge you to set this wrong right and change your ways. Set an example for other large businesses, and give equality to everyone. Specifically, I insist that you extend an apology to the Trinkle-Grandos family and grant them membership to the Roanoke Athletic Club.


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