Michigan Woman Yvette Cormier Is Suing Planet Fitness For Not Being Discriminatory After A Trans Woman Used The Women's Restroom
Another day, another continuation of the completely unnecessary "debate" over whether trans individuals should be allowed to use the bathrooms corresponding to their gender. Today's development is brought to you by Michigan woman Yvette Cormier, who is suing Planet Fitness for not being discriminatory. Yes, you read that correctly, and no, you're not going crazy
— this woman is actually suing because the gym stood by a trans member's right to use the women's bathroom. It's a strange world we live in sometimes.Cormier first started making headlines when she complained to Planet Fitness about seeing a transgender woman using the female locker room earlier this month, the Huffington Post reports. When employees responded that company policy allows members to use whichever facilities are associated with their preferred gender, she accepted that other people's choice in bathrooms is none of her business, there are all kinds of people in the world, and considered switching to a different gym if it made her too uncomfortable. HAHA JUST KIDDING. In reality, Cormier decided to make a huge fuss and tell her fellow members all about the trans woman, claiming that she felt "unsafe." Instead of backing down, however, Planet Fitness responded by simply canceling her membership for "inappropriate and disruptive behavior," according to the Huffington Post.
<img alt="" src="http://33.media.tumblr.com/a32da528976c96a69c1a43d369a77f41/tumblr_mqejt86Vmn1rqfhi2o1_500.gif" class="article-body-image" title="Image: http://33.media.tumblr.com/a32da528976c96a69c1a43d369a77f41/tumblr_mqejt86Vmn1rqfhi2o1_500.gif"/>As you can imagine, Cormier didn't take that well. She filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness in Midland County Circuit Court on Monday, with her lawyers claiming that the presence of a trans woman in the locker room creates a "hostile and offensive environment for women and children." Because appeals to traditional heteronormative values are what great lawsuits are made of. Our friends over at the American Family Association chimed in as well, according to the Huffington Post, stating that the gym is "making the needs of its female members subservient to the sexual identification of transgender individuals." Well, thank goodness for that opinion. In fact, Cormier herself summed up their whole argument pretty succinctly. "I don't care what you are; I don't care if you're gay lesbian, transgender or transvestite," she told CNN. "I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom."
Planet Fitness, which states that it is a "judgment-free zone," has not changed its policy of allowing members to "use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity." Let's hope that it stays that way, because being transgender is hard enough without having to worry about someone going all "hide your kids, hide your wife" because you just wanted to take a shower after working out.
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