Planet Fitness Trans-Inclusive Locker Room Policy

Planet Fitness is known for its unusual, unhealthy marketing strategies  such as giving out free pizza, bagels and tootsie rolls.

However, Planet Fitness earns brownie points!

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Planet Fitness stays true to its “judgement free zone” mission statement.

Last month, a gym member was constantly complaining to Planet Fitness staff about witnessing a transgender in the women’s locker room. She went complained about a man being in the women’s locker room for four days. Staff asked her to stop, and she refused to do so. Planet Fitness demonstrates its “welcoming environment” by revoking her gym membership. 

In defense of their case, Planet Fitness released the statement…

“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members. 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 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.”

Supporters say this policy will drive more business to the chain.

However, Fox News criticizes the policy of allowing transgender in the locker rooms they feel comfortable in. Albow make inaccurate, misleading and offensive claims about the transgender community.

“It’s tough to speak about because we’re so politically correct now that we get tongue tied. We can’t say the obvious, which is this is craziness. You’re kicking out members because they feel uncomfortable that someone who seems to be a man to them and is genetically is looking at them naked when they’re unclothed as women? That’s craziness.” -Albow

Albow criticized the chain’s policy by comparing  transgender to pretending to be a different age or race. He urged viewers to discontinue their membership  with Planet Fitness.

Albow fails to offer any academic sources to back up his argument. However, American Psychiatric Association found that transexuals are not delusional or pretending.

This assault was based on myth that men are sneaking into women’s restrooms. When the real issue is that transexuals are most likely to be assaulted and harassed in public facilities.


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