Michigan woman Yvette Cormier has gym membership cancelled after complaining about transgender woman in changing room
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A woman had her gym membership cancelled after she complained about a transgender fellow gym goer using the locker room.
Yvette Cormier reportedly had her Planet Fitness membership cancelled after a call from the company’s head office.
It came after she complained to other members.
After being turfed out, Cormier, of Midland, in Michigan, told media group M Live: ‘I was blocked, because a man was standing there.
‘It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?’
The company said it acted because Cormier’s comments breached anti-discrimination rules.
Working out: Sklodowska said she was only at the gym on two occasions when using a friend's guest pass. She said she only used the locker room to hang her purse and coat while working out
A statement from the gym firm said: ‘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.’
After the story broke in the US, a woman who says she believes she was the person Cormier complained about told M Live she had only visited twice.
Carlotta Sklodowska said she entered the women’s locker room to hang up her coat and purse, and then to retrieve the items after her workout.
She said: ‘I’m not actually a member, I was there as a guest of one of my friends.’
Sklodowska said she wore leggings and a baggy t-shirt during both trips to the gym.
She said many people tell her she looks like a man, and she could see why Cormier would see her body structure as masculine.
‘It’s obvious, even from the back,’ she said.
The Midland resident said she uses public bathrooms all the time and has never had any issues previously.
‘No one has complained yet,’ she said.