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Sep 16, 2013
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PLANET FITNESS: NO JUDGMENT! …unless you’re trans*?

Hi everyone. 

As many of you know, I grew up in Huntington Beach.  Went to many of the HB schools, including Marina, where, as many of you may know, they have nominated a young trans* woman by the name of Cassidy for Homecoming Queen.  This, of course, is a fantastic sign of growth for this school and this city and indeed, Orange County, which is not known for being the most open-minded of places.


However, I sincerely don’t believe that this story would have ever been possible without others paving the way.  In particular, my friend, Sammy.

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^ That’s my friend Sammy.  I’ve known Sammy since our freshman year of high school, but we became much closer in senior year.  Sammy is a trans* woman of color*, and made her transition very early in high school.  She had to deal with virulent transphobia, misogyny, racism, etc.  From teasing remarks to outright physical harassment.  And she fucking not only survived it, but graduated and went on to establish a very successful career as an esthetician before reaching her mid-twenties.

However, harassment and discrimination didn’t end at high school, unfortunately, and that’s why I’m writing this.  Recently, Sammy was barred from using the ladies restroom at the Anaheim Planet Fitness, a gym where, at the time, she was a paying member.  The manager, Jacqueline Rodriguez, claimed that there had been a “complaint” (although conveniently was never able to produce paperwork of said complaint).  When Sammy brought up the fact that someone’s complaint should not bar her from using the restroom of her choice, the restroom she was most comfortable in, Jacqueline asked to see her driver’s license to see if she was legally female.  Yes, you read that right.  A manager of a dinky little gym thought she had the legal right to determine my friend’s gender and therefore the bathroom she should use and also thought she had the right to see her driver’s license.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell most of you how directly in violation of California’s Gender Non-Discrimination Act Ms. Rodriguez was at this point.  However, when this was brought to her attention by Sammy’s friends (and mine <3), Megan and Laura, who were there at the time this all happened, she denied knowledge of the bill.  Then, when provided with the bill’s literature, claimed that it didn’t matter, because she had met with an owner, and it was “company policy”.

Um, what?  Planet Fitness’s company policy is gender discrimination?  That’s fucking interesting.  So I went ahead and penned this letter and sent it over to Planet Fitness’s corporate office:

"Hi there,

My name is Courtney K——-, and I have reason to believe the managers at one of your franchises is not only guilty of outright transphobia, but has actually violated several tenets of AB 887, California’s Gender Non-Discrimination Act.

In May of this year, my friend, Sammy ——-, a transgender woman, was told by manager Jacqueline Rodriguez, that someone had complained about her using the women’s restroom.  When Sammy rightfully protested that someone complaining should not be reason to bar her from the restroom of her choice, Ms. Rodriguez asked to see her federal ID.  Now, not only does Ms. Rodriguez have literally no legal right to ask to see a gym member’s federal ID, she definitely has no right doing so in order to deem which bathroom said gym member can use.  When Sammy refused, Ms. Rodriguez insisted she could not use the women’s restroom until she could see an ID with an “F” on it.  Two friends with Sammy, Megan and Laura ——— (friends of Sammy’s and mine, and at the time, a paying member of the gym and a guest), demanded to see the alleged complaint, but it was never produced.  So it is still unclear if there was an actual complaint or if this was Ms. Rodriguez’s own issue.

Now, when confronted via email by Megan that she was in direct violation of AB 887, Ms. Rodriguez cited that this was “company policy”.  So I am emailing for a verification.  Is gender discrimination a policy of Planet Fitness?  Does Planet Fitness somehow think it is above the law of the land?

For reference, this Planet Fitness franchise is located at 1620 W Katella Ave  Anaheim, CA 92802 and the manager in question’s email is pfjrod@ymail.com.  I appreciate your response in advance.

Courtney K——-“

Now here’s the part where I could use your help.

If you are a resident of Orange County, ESPECIALLY if you are a member of the above gym, please also email Planet Fitness and let them know that this is unacceptable, and that their “company policy” is not in line with California law.  Please let them know that the manager of one of their franchises believes it’s okay to discriminate based on gender and that Sammy is owed a very sincere apology and a promise from Planet Fitness to make good on their motto of “No Judgment”, and their desire to create a safe, energetic environment, where everyone feels accepted and respected.
If you don’t live in Orange County, CA, or if you don’t feel comfortable writing Planet Fitness, that’s okay.  But please reblog this.  It is unacceptable that in 2013, trans* women are still treated like second class citizens and denied the use of necessary facilities based on the sex they were identified as at birth.  That trans* persons can’t use the gendered restrooms that they identify with. 

We should no longer accept a transphobic, homophobic, sexist, racist Orange County.  We should no longer accept bullshit microaggressions like this.  Please spread the word.  I will repost this again next week, if not sooner, should I get a response from Planet Fitness.
  1. roryslittlegirl reblogged this from gingerlocked and added:
    Signal boost. This is completely unfair on the part of this gym manager .
  2. catharticmemories reblogged this from quirkinitup and added:
    She’s one of my close friends, I couldn’t believe it when she told me what happened. People are disgusting. Do not go to...
  3. heytherejackolantern reblogged this from gingerlocked
  4. gingerlocked reblogged this from quirkinitup
  5. quirkinitup reblogged this from quirkinitup and added:
    UPDATE: Well, no one has responded to the email I sent to corporate yet. BUT, the franchise in question half-responded...
  6. snow-white-tan reblogged this from baldbombshell
  7. aestheticsaturn reblogged this from quirkinitup
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  10. baldbombshell answered: I’m posting this on reddit, as well.
  11. incredulousbeliever reblogged this from quirkinitup and added:
    Triple-Digit Signal Boost. I know Sammy - not as well as my friend Courtney does, but I know her to be a good-hearted...
  12. baldbombshell reblogged this from quirkinitup and added:
    I’ve a number of issues with Planet Fitness, but this is more important than most of them, I think.
  13. hehadamechanicalarm reblogged this from quirkinitup and added:
    this is from my hometown i grew up in. do something to help out even if its a reblog.
  14. megcoleen reblogged this from quirkinitup and added:
    please read this and reblog