Gym Bans Member Over Complaints of Transgender Woman in Locker Room
A Michigan Planet Fitness gym reportedly revoked a woman’s membership after she refused to stop telling other members that "a man" was using the women’s locker room.
Yvette Cormier requested a new transgender restroom be made available for members, but she was told that she had violated the gym's "judgment free zone" policy and her membership was canceled.
"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 company said in a statement.
Arthur Aidala and Dr. Keith Ablow appeared on "Fox and Friends" to debate if Planet Fitness is within their rights to show Cormier the door.
Aidala said the key word in the gym's statement is "sincere."
"If somebody sincerely believes they should be in the men's room as opposed to the ladies' room, they're allowed to use that bathroom," Aidala said. "And under Michigan law, that's OK. And under Planet Fitness' policy ... they can get rid of you for almost any reason they can come up with."
Ablow, on the other hand, asserted that people are being bullied into accepting things that are "untrue to [their] core feelings."
"This is a culture war," Ablow stated. "How about this: anybody who objects to the idea that they would be seen naked by a member who seems to be of the opposite gender to them should quit their membership today. How's that?"
Watch more of the debate above.
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