Planet Fitness revokes woman's membership after she takes photo of transgender woman in women's locker room

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An Alaska woman had her Planet Fitness membership revoked after taking a photo of a “man with a penis” in one of the gym's women's locker rooms earlier this week.

The incident occurred at the Fairbanks location. A woman recorded herself talking about the ordeal when she said a person identifying as “queer LBG” was shaving in the women's locker room.

Planet Fitness confirmed to Fox News Digital that the woman violated the policy regarding taking photos and/or videos in the locker room, resulting in the loss of her membership.


Planet Fitness Logo

Men in Planet Fitness inflatable tubes are seen during the 2021 New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on December 31, 2020, in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

“As the home of the Judgment Free Zone, Planet Fitness is committed to creating an inclusive environment,” McCall Gosselin, director of corporate affairs for Planet Fitness, said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use the gym facilities that best match their sincere, self-reported gender identity. The member who posted on the networks Social Media violated our mobile device policy which prohibits taking photos of individuals in the locker room, resulting in the termination of their membership.”

When asked if the transgender person's “true and declared” gender was female, Planet Fitness did not respond.

Patricia Silva said she went to the gym Monday and saw “a man with a penis” shaving in the women's locker room.

“I just came out of Planet Fitness and there's a man shaving in the women's restroom,” she said in the first of several videos she posted about the incident. “I realize he wants to be a woman, he gets to be a woman. I love him in Christ, he's a spiritual being having a human experience. He doesn't like his gender, so he wants to be a wife. But I'm not comfortable with him shaving in my bathroom.”

Inside the Planet Fitness location

Anthony Carthan, an employee at Planet Fitness on Imperial Highway in Inglewood, disinfects exercise equipment. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

In a video posted Wednesday, Silva said there was a girl who “could have been 12 years old … in a towel, a little freaked out that there was a man shaving in her locker room.”

Silva said the individual identified as “queer LGB,” thus feeling “he had a right to be there.” Planet Fitness identified the individual as transgender in an email exchange with Fox News Digital.

Silva said she took a photo of the individual because she “felt like I was in a dangerous space.”

Planet Fitness's policy reads: “If a serious concern or significant doubt about the bona fides of an individual's transgender or non-binary status/identity arises and the team member can express, the member of the team must communicate their concerns to the member. If discussion with the Member fails to resolve the problem or serious doubt, the Club may request external evidence of the Member's asserted gender identity. If a member is confirmed to be acting in bad faith and inappropriately asserting a gender identity, they may be asked to leave and their membership may be terminated.

Fox News Digital asked Planet Fitness if the transgender person violated any policy, to which the gym did not respond. However, in a Facebook comment thread, Silva said Planet Fitness “allowed the man in the locker room to remain a member.”

Outside of the Fitness planet

A view of Planet Fitness in the Columbia Mall. (DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)


Silva said she received a call Wednesday morning from the gym informing her that they had canceled her membership.

“Planet Fitness champions the man in the women's locker room, the man with a penis, rather than the kid in the corner with a towel wrapped around her,” Silva said.


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