Planet Fitness Revokes Woman’s Membership After Speaking Out About Man in Womens’ Locker Room

PFMIDLAND, Mich. — A Planet Fitness location in Michigan has revoked the membership of a woman who complained—and then warned other women at the gym—about a man who identifies as a woman who uses the womens’ locker room.

Yvette Cormier, 48, told reporters that she walked into the locker room last Saturday to find a man wearing makeup and a wig in the womens’ locker room.

“I just stopped right there in my tracks,” she told ABC News. “It was a man for sure.”

Cormier then went to the front desk to express concern. She states that she was told that others have complained, but that the facility allows patrons to use the locker room with which they identify.

“That should be something they pointed out when I signed up,” Cormier said. “If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room. I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”

She went back to Planet Fitness a few days later, at which time she began to warn other female club members that there was a man changing in the womens’ locker room. The next day, the corporate office of Planet Fitness called Cormier and informed her that she had violated their “no judgment” policy and that it had decided to revoke her membership.

Spokesperson McCall Gosselin states that Cormeir’s membership wasn’t canceled simply because she complained, but rather the way that she handled the matter.

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“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 canceled,” she said in a statement.

“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a nonintimidating, welcoming environment for our members,” Gosselin continued. “Our gender identity nondiscrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”

But Cormier says that she finds it ironic that instead of the man being addressed about the matter, she was the one who was reprimanded.

“I feel it’s kind of one sided,” she told MLive. “I feel like I am the one who is being punished.”

The transgendered male, who identifies as Carlotta Sklodowska, told reporters this past week that he doesn’t have a membership at the location and was just visiting with a friend. He states that he had used the locker room on couple of occasions to hang up his purse and coat.

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  • Weary Warrior

    So, a normal, female woman member was ousted in favour of a non-member, emotionally dysfunctional male. There may be SOME logic hidden here but I’ll be darned if I can uncover it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/EyrtheFyre Regina Forbes

    Hey maybe I should head to a random planet fitness some time and poke around the men’s locker room with a camera. It is a “judgement free zone” after all!

    • Ambulance Chaser

      If you were a transgender male, you would be allowed.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/EyrtheFyre Regina Forbes

        Maybe I am.

  • http://textsincontext.wordpress.com Michael Snow

    Welcome to Obama Borg World. Why would any self-respecting person join or remain a member of such a mindless Corporate Enterprise as Planet Fitness ??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyenRCJ_4Ww

  • Harry Oh!

    “Planet Fitness is committed to creating a nonintimidating, welcoming environment for our members”…as long as they’re mentally confused and anyone who disagrees is not welcome.

  • GibbyD

    BOYCOTT !!!!!!!

    • Ambulance Chaser

      A) It’s a transwoman, not a man. Transwomen are, other than biologically, women.

      B) What danger is the gym putting women in? How?

      • GibbyD

        The article says this person was a “male”. Transwhatever or not , they do not belong in a woman’s bathroom or locker room. The mentally ill and or spiritually dead , must be understood for who they are, but not accommodated when it concerns the safety of our mothers , wives , sisters and daughters.

        • Darth Jader

          women use men’s private spaces all the time….nobody seems to give a damn.

          • GibbyD

            Not when they are naked , taking a shower or going to the bathroom to void . Not when others of the opposite gender are in the same place. AND NOT WHEN MY SON OR DAUGHTER MIGHT BE THERE !!!!! Stick to your gender’s locker room and or bathroom . God made them male or female . LIVE WITH IT !!

          • Helookalikaman79

            God made male and female, The USA citizens, the uptight stick up their butt, whining people created the separate gender bathrooms. People here are raised to automatically think there is something wrong. and think that males will automatically want to harm/abuse/stare at “helpless innocent women”… Pretty soon, males born, will live their lives apologizing for being born male, and that they will harm a female at some point in their lifetime, such as sneezing in the direction of a female…. (They would get a life sentence for that)

          • GibbyD

            Americans have a right to privacy. The separation of genders is in respect and in honor of both sexes. It is what Americans want. You live in a representative democracy. If the majority of Americans wanted men in woman’s bathrooms and legally being able to shower with them against the wishes of those women, I guess then things would be different. The Vast majority of Americans realize that there is a difference between the genders and separation of those genders in public schools and places , is a good thing and provides that privacy that most want to have in place.

          • Helookalikaman79

            If it is a privacy issue, why change in a public locker room of either gender. If in this case, she could have made other choices, like wait for the transgendered woman to finish up and leave. She could have chosen to change in a stall with the privacy walls… Many years ago, a lady at a football/baseball game, had to use the restroom, with the long lines at the ladies bathroom, decided to use the men’s bathroom WITHOUT, checking with the men in the bathroom, she just walked right in, and used a stall… A man did NOT like the “invasion” of privacy, same as the lady at planet fitness… He complained and the woman to my knowledge walked away… They apparently ignored his complaint, so he filed a lawsuit to get their attention…. the man was mocked ridiculed and it was even talked about on the radio, where listeners could call in, and blast him, made fun of him and a caller had said (loosely) “What is his problem, what court will he take it to ? Small Claims Court?” A man in the women’s bathroom, the world is ending, a woman in the men’s bathroom, who cares…

          • GibbyD

            enough people do care and want to keep the bathrooms and locker rooms in schools and other public places , separate. I do not know why you do not see the dangers inherent in a world where a man can go into a woman’s bathroom. Would you want your daughter to be forced to use a bathroom where men are using it too ? If you would, then you are not much of a parent or naive about the dangers. There are enough sexual predators out there who would love to take advantage of ignorance such as is described in the article .

          • Maureen

            Was it a football game or a baseball game? You seem to know so very much about this incident other then when or where it happened. But it doesn’t matter. A woman in a men’s bathroom is an invasion of privacy, but not a physical threat to the men there. The same cannot be said for men in women’s bathrooms.

          • Helookalikaman79

            This was on the radio a LONG time ago, I remember it because they made fun of the victim a guy. The only time you cant make fun is when the victim is a helpless damsel in distress !

          • Darth Jader

            I don’t think you’ve been paying attention to what the people you’ve been responding to have been saying, your “responses” aren’t very relevant…

          • GibbyD

            I don’t think you’ve been paying attention to what the people you’ve been responding to have been saying, your “responses” aren’t very relevant…

          • Darth Jader

            Wrong, my responses are entirely relevant.

          • Darth Jader

            So only women deserve their privacy? Double standard much?

          • GibbyD

            and most men would not want a woman using a bathroom for men.

          • Darth Jader

            Yet it still happens all the time.

          • GibbyD

            –Men and woman going into the public restrooms and Lockers of the opposite gender. —

            Darth Jader:”Yet it still happens all the time.”

            GibbyD: -And so does intimidation, abuse and rape. It’s wrong and needs to be stopped. This is a safety issue. The United States of America is a strong nation but sadly we are not as moral anymore. There needs to be safeguards to help stop the growing abuse of woman and children. Separate bathrooms and lockers are a must if we are ever going to be serious about keeping predators away from our loved ones.

          • Darth Jader

            Do you HONESTLY believe that men are the only perpetrators and women are the only victims??? Across the board it’s pretty 50/50 in both regards, except for 1) child abuse – 67% of which is committed by women. 2) dv – in 73% of dv involving a female ‘victim’ and male ‘perpetrator’, the violence was reciprocal (i.e. initiated by the woman).

            I’m not saying I want shared private spaces, I’m saying I want to see it equal, guys keep getting shafted in today’s society.

          • GibbyD
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          • Darth Jader
          • GibbyD

            If you are not going to take the subject of child sexual abuse and rape seriously , then you are not worth communicating with. My only suggestion to you at this point is your need for , “..repentance toward God and faith toward The LORD Jesus Christ ” ( Acts 20:21)KJB. Don’t delay another day because we are never promised tomorrow. Trust in The Saviour NOW while you have time and breath. If you have questions about the Bible , I can recommend on site that may be helpful. I don’t agree with all the material there but they can at least answer the most important questions you may have. http://www.carm.org

          • GibbyD

            “Research focusing on perpetrators of child sexual abuse is extensive compared to other forms of abuse. Evidence overwhelmingly indicates that the majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by males (ABS, 2005; McCloskey & Raphael, 2005; Peter, 2009). In a US study examining the characteristics of perpetrators in substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect (US DHHS, 2005), 26% of all cases involving male perpetrators were associated with sexual abuse compared to just 2% of cases involving female perpetrators.” —— Darth , where did you get your stats ? I am talking about child sexual abuse . Men far out number women in that sad category.

          • Darth Jader

            Posting false information based on manipulated data achieves nothing. Typical feminist mantra, post real numbers that are inaccurately obtained, manipulate the data to portray a lie use it to support claims of an even bigger lie. Your sources mean nothing. My figures are true extrapolated values from REAL research. Feminists engage in extreme interpretation, SCIENTISTS account for all factors, and, as a result, produce less concrete results (such as acconting for the fact that a greater portion of men will not report abuse at the hands of a female abuser).

            If you truly want sources, and ACTUALLY would like to get educated on the ACTUAL numbers and you aren’t just blowing smoke, you can email or pm me, I’m not going to engage in a pointless link posting fight with links that nobody will read.

          • GibbyD

            What the heck are you talking about? Fist of all , I am not a “feminist” . I am a conservative, right wing, born again, King James Bible Believing Christian. Secondly , The sources I got the data from are not political propaganda sites of any kind. They are simply stating the research and information as it is collected. The did not post the Government stat sheet . I will try and post it again .

          • Darth Jader

            Oh yeah, and numbers are DECREASING not increasing btw…

          • GibbyD
      • MerleTemple

        How do you know this person is even in a state of change? Supposing that this is just someone who is harmless, any man can declare himself in flux just to indulge voyeuristic tendencies or to expose himself under the cloak of this new tolerance, which is really intolerance for women. Women who see a naked man in their dressing rooms are fearful of assault.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Trans people are in danger everywhere they go. But that’s an irrelevant aside.

          My main question is how this policy is putting women in danger. Again I refer you to exhibit A: Rapists don’t worry about trespass laws! And they don’t rape people in busy, crowded rooms.

          • Rick Julick

            Danger or not, do you want your little daughter in there when he whips it out?

          • Darth Jader

            I’m sure he’s discreet as are all the other women.

        • Darth Jader

          goes the other way around too.

        • Helookalikaman79

          They are conditioned to be fearful of a man assaulting them. “its” a man so he will automatically want to harm a woman…

    • Darth Jader

      Women use men’s change rooms all the time, nobody raises a fuss.

      They were exercising their rights as a business, she behaved poorly after logging her complaint, SHE violated company policy, SHE did harm to the business, SHE impacted the enjoyment of other members.

      SHE BEHAVED LIKE A CHILD THROWING A TANTRUM. Would you let a child yell and scream in your place of business non-stop?

      • Maureen

        “Women use men’s change rooms all the time, nobody raises a fuss.”
        What in the world are you talking about? Is this happening in your fantasies?

        • Darth Jader

          Yes, because I’m a guy it MUST be a fantasy.

          Just a few examples: Look up A&W’s policy on bathroom usage; if the men’s bathroom is out of order, a guy is S.O.L., no matter how much of an emergency it is he cannot use the women’s bathroom. If the women’s bathroom is out of order, the men’s is designated the women’s bathroom, and any guy needing to use it is S.O.L.

          On Construction sites, the women’s bathroom is under lock & key (usually about 3 or 4, while all others are free access to men and women.

          On roughly 50% of film productions, the washroom trailer typically has one women’s, and one (or two) unisex, no men’s.

          In Sweden, Finland, and I can’t remember where else, men’s bathrooms no longer exist, unisex & women’s do though.

          Some YWCA’s have women’s, family & unisex, but no men’s bathrooms, as is also the case with some gyms. (Curves ONLY has women’s)

          I’m sure there are more examples out there as well.

  • Martha Howard

    I would find another place.

    • jmichael39

      What other place? So long as you don’t agree to their worldview, you’re not welcome in their world. Keep your ‘hatred’ in your home. Oh, wait, they want to put CCTV in our homes (well, at least in the UK they do…US is not far behind). So nevermind, you’re just not welcome here, period.

  • Ron

    She should file a lawsuit. Time to get a good lawyer.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      On what grounds?

      • Rick Julick

        Grounds of discrimination.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Against who? “People who complain about there being transgender people in locker rooms” are not a protected class.

          • MerleTemple

            They violated the contract they had with her. If she can document alteration to her schedule, time spent finding or driving to a new club, changing work assignments to have gym time, rescheduling babysitters, and so forth, she has damages.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            A) How did they violate their contract? Does the contract not have a unilateral cancellation clause? How do you know? Have you seem it?

            B) Suing for breach of contract is not suing for discrimination. Are we dropping that one?

          • MerleTemple

            Anyone who dealt with contracts in the real world knows that no amount of structuring a contract to protect the grantor will indemnify completely against suit. If it is trial by jury in that jurisdiction, this would tilt hard to the plaintiff;s favor. Additionally, the cost to defend and the cost to image could be considerable and likely end in settlement with the plantiff in any event.

            I never said it was discrimination, but it clearly is an issue of public safety. It is easy to see the lawyer asking the jury, “If you had a young daughter, would you want a naked man with her while she was dressing, a naked man possibly alone with your daughter? Would you patronize a business that disregards the fundamentals of public safety and common sense and puts your family in harm’s way?” Discrimination against women would not have to be raised, it would be implied in the minds of a jury unhindered by the agendas of some so blinded by their own preoccupations.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Dude. All I asked was how the contract was violated.

          • Darth Jader

            It’s their own property, their own business, if they wanted to they could designate only a single co-ed change room.

            SHE is the one who violated the contract, SHE violated policies stated in terms of services, SHE engaged in a manner ON THE PREMISES which harmed the business, and affected the enjoyment of other members.

            I don’t necessarily agree with their policy of accepting “gender identity”, but that’s their business, and they have every right to have that policy in place.

          • Darth Jader

            No they didn’t, they exercised their rights as a business. Her poor conduct is her own undoing.

  • Brenda Golden

    They violated their own “non judgment” policy. They had no problem judging her did they?

    • NCOriolesFan

      Liberals always violate their policies.

      • Jean Doucette

        funny I always Jesus was the first Liberal.

        • Jean Doucette

          Not that this isn’t absolutely ridiculous.

    • Darth Jader

      Judging her for violating policies? Other member’s enjoyment? Affecting the normal conduct of the business? That’s not exactly judging her is it…

  • Beth

    By doing this you are also opening up the fact that a male or woman can claim to be the other just so they can get into the opposites sexs’ changing room for crime related reasons! Did you think about this trying to accommodate minority of the people.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      If you’re going to commit a crime, why would you care whether you were allowed into somewhere? Burglars don’t refrain from stealing just because it’s illegal to break into houses.

      • Mac

        So u wouldn’t mind if some psycho rapist man was dressed as a woman and was in a locker room alone with your Mother, Wife, sister, Daughter???

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Yes, I very much would mind. I just don’t see how that issue is relevant to this one.

        • Helookalikaman79

          And if the psycho rapist woman was dressed as a man and was in a locker room alone with your father, husband, brother, son ??? Males can be a victim of sexual crime just as females can…

  • April J

    Interesting that right before I clicked on this article there was a pop-up ad for Planet Fitness. Wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled their ads now…

  • vdomkr

    Transgender people are mentally ill and need help not the right to go into a woman’s restroom. These people do not have female DNA, so end of argument.

  • C Fowler

    Let them revoke her membership then tell everyone, I would let them revoke mine then I would make sure everyone I knew knows not to go there. Hope they lose a ton of business. She is correct, if they have a penis they DON’T belong in the LADIES locker room….

  • NCOriolesFan

    Boycott time!

  • Vic Christian

    Seems more like a “rational thinking” free zone. I will be telling my friends to boycott!

  • The Lone Ranger

    When you go to a facility that has in big, Black and White letters, judgment free zone what do you expect. That’s the problem their free of judgment what is it you don’t understand about that! …..
    Psalm 119:108
    Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.

  • robertzaccour

    So a woman loses her membership because she made it clear that she’s uncomfortable sharing a locker room with a gender-challenged male? How does this even happen?

  • sammy13

    Tell me it isn’t true! No one would stand in the way of progress and sexual equality, would they?

    He had no business being in the female locker room until they install urinals in the ladies restroom.

  • Dr. Dee Tee

    the people of planet fitness have mental issues. there was no violation of their no judgement policy. the violation was on planet fitness part for invading the privacy of women by allowing men in their locker room

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    This is but another consequence of the rights culture created by the late 18th-century Enlightenment and Masonic founders.

    See blog article “America’s Road to Hell: Paved With Rights” at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/americas-hell-paved-with-rights/.

  • GibbyD

    Transwhatever or not , they do not belong in a woman’s bathroom or locker room. The mentally ill and or spiritually dead , must be understood for who they are, but not accommodated when it concerns the safety of our mothers , wives , sisters and daughters.

    • Tom Chun

      I’m disabled I don’t want females in MY locker room either. It goes both ways, or it does not fly.

      • Helookalikaman79

        Don’t say that Tom, you will be labeled a woman hater, and that you should NOT have the right to refuse a woman in the mans locker room… but they can throw a fit with a penis in the female locker room and that is okay… I wish it there would be total equality between women and men… It will never happen. as everyone knows a man will harm a woman… and women are innocent angels corrupted by men

  • gramma aac

    It’s OK if everyone else in the room is uncomfortable, but not the….!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/EyrtheFyre Regina Forbes

    How to troll a planet fitness:
    1. Dress up as the opposite gender
    2. Go to any random planet fitness- make sure you’re not a member
    3. Creep around the locker room of your choice
    4. If someone yells at you for being an obvious creep, yell out “I’m Transgender!” and accuse them of being narrow minded.
    5. ?????
    6. PROFIT!

  • Darth Jader

    What is wrong with you people? If you had actually read the article, you would be aware that her membership was canceled due to her horrendous conduct after reporting the matter, conduct which was harmful to the business, other members, and in violation of their terms of service. So many of you are so ignorant as to think it’s a matter of female member vs. transgender member, it’s NOT.

    Having said that, I do think the whole thing about PC regarding “gender identity” is bs, you’re male or female (or hermaphroditic), that’s it, whatever your sexual orientation is is irrelevant. BUT, it’s their policy to allow people to choose the change room based on their preferences, it’s their property, they are fully entitled to do so. Hell, it would be within their rights to designate only one co-ed change room if they wanted to.

  • Amazedat Ignorance

    Everyone that has said it’s wrong and dangerous because it’s a man is a disgusting waste of space.
    If she had the surgery to have her penis removed it wouldn’t have been a problem at all and no one would’ve noticed she was born as a male.

    • NCOriolesFan

      And it would NOT be anyone’s business but the affected person.

  • julie

    This would have bothered me and I wouldn’t step foot in Plant Fitness. She’s not alone in this. They did fail to let her know about their policy.

  • Rev Donald Spitz

    Where is the non-judgmental welcoming part in place about the woman who complained.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    This is but another consequence of the rights culture created by the late 18th-century Enlightenment and Masonic founders.

    See blog article “America’s Road to Hell: Paved With Rights” at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/americas-hell-paved-with-rights/.

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a FREE book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Margaret Robinson

    Good for Planet Fitness for standing up for transwomen.

  • Abby Cullen

    Here’s an idea, maybe when you are quoting a transperson, maybe don’t misgender them. Just a thought. If SHE identifies as a woman than use the correct pronouns that SHE is asking to make HER feel more comfortable. Stop misgendering transpeople in articles and educate yourselves before you cover stories dealing with transphobia and other trans-related issues.