Blog Entry – 2.0
Planet Fitness and Transgender News
Yvette Cormier claims to be overtly offended when a Transgender Woman walks into a Planet Fitness business and puts her coat and purse down.
Yvette has the right to her opinion and, In America, has the right to be offended. Carlotta also has rights given to her in this country as well. Yvette has taken it upon herself to discriminate against Carlotta.
Yvette never sees Carlotta undress or even change before she is so offended. And as it appears to be stated in the story, runs right to the office to complain. I have seen how Carlotta chooses to dress; it was shown on a Fox edition special on this story. In my opinion, she is dressing very conservative and appropriate for her age. Dressing feminine can be subjective.
Yvette is given understanding in her statement that Carlotta looked like a man and is allowed to complain to the management without judgement. I feel Carlotta’s dress was feminine and appropriate for her age.
All this so far, is understandable and can be resolved by communication or education. This went much farther. Yvette took this too far. This is the Real reason she lost her membership. Her behavior was the problem not her belief or desire to complain to the management.
Yvette made this her witch hunt to get policies changed by influencing other members and calling Carlotta a Man and telling everyone that “HE” was allowed in the Locker room. She even went to corporate to try to get this policy changed.
Thank you Planet Fitness for you policy and support of the transgender Community.
Now, let’s look at the issues that are here.
In the Fox Interview, we constantly hear the fear presented that Transgender Women, are MEN. Everyone, Media, politicians and others, are presenting all inaccurate, negative views of the Transgender Community.
In many Interviews Transgender people are accused of changing their choice day to day what gender they want to be. In other words, they present our situation as if it is a ploy to get into the Woman’s Restrooms.
This is a made up accusation. Fact is, Transgender women whom are on HRT therapy, Hormone Replacement Therapy, are Sterile as a result of the medication. This means, first you can’t just change your mind about whom you are, it is a definitive decision that cannot be changed, and second the Male parts they have do not function. Let’s be a bit clearer. The Plumbing does not work; The Air does not fill the balloon, etc.
So, Carlotta, given she is on HRT cannot get….Excited in the masculine way. This means, she is not a threat to anyone in the woman’s locker room.
Next, there is no information on whether Carlotta is pre-op or post-op, meaning she may or may not have manly parts. The accusations of her flailing parts around may not even be possible if she does not have them. Carlotta never got undressed, so Yvette has no clue if she was going to or not going to undress. It is likely that she was just going to drop off her items and go back out to the facilities. Even if she took her shirt off, that would not have been offensive at all.
This dissuades any argument of Women being or feeling unsafe. I would also suggest that Carlotta was more uncomfortable about being in there then Yvette. People having unfounded beliefs and misinformed ideas of what Transgender means is creating a dangerous situation for all Transgender people.
We have seen in the news time and again where Transgender Women are attacked in bathrooms. We have seen videos on the internet of Transgender Women being attacked in Public Transportation areas. All of this and the cis-gender Women feel in DANGER?!?!!?
Statistics of Transgender Women being murdered and assaulted are incredible, and you want us to go into the “Men’s” bathroom??? Really???. It would be paramount to killing transgender people yourselves.
I suggest to Yvette to learn and educate herself on Transgender People. This will prevent any issue from getting out of hand as this one did.
I also suggest to all the Transgender People that are Pre OP, Before Reassignment surgery, Keep your panties on, You can change down to the underwear, even shower in them. This is a compromise that is reasonable and will still allow everyone to use the appropriate locker room.
Now, a personal issue with some of the “Professional” Hosts on any show, and I am sure many of the community members will agree, we are not bullies and are not bullying anyone. Fighting for Equal or Fair Rights is not bullying, in our case, it is survival.
Our lives are in danger and your being inconvenienced by having to allow PEOPLE to have EQUAL rights in America.. Get off your Arrogant High Horse. No one has the privilege to deny rights to ANY group in this country.
This goes for Politicians as well. How can you possibly in good conscience, create any kind of bill that would put people in danger and base it on your own Transphobia fears.
In the year 2015, there has been a Transgendered person Murdered every week. People like Lealah Alcorn killing herself and hoping that it will help promote some kind of change for the better.
Did Lealah Alcorn’s Death not mean anything to you TV hosts and Politicians; Did it not get you high enough Ratings and enough votes to let her life mean anything???
Sarissa J. Farman
Sarissa Farman is a Transgender Activist promoting equal rights and opportunities including normalization of the Transgender Community. A working, single Mom of 3 children she strives for equality and fairness for her family and others. She served in the US Navy as a Data Specialist and traveled to many countries. Early years of education were horribly difficult having a second grade teacher that preached how stupid she was. Education became pivotal for her and she absorbed everything. This drives her to be a better person and gives her the desire to believe in people and help made the world a better place.