Fitness USA / Discrimination
My friend and I went to the gym today. Now this gym has a girls day and a guys day. me being a girl I tend to lean towards going on the girls day. When I walked in kyliegh signed up for a guest pass and was shown around the building. This building has a "dressing room" which is like a typical highschool gym dressing room with lockers, benches, and bathrooms off to the sides and a few stalls you can change in as well. Now, before she was shown the dressing room, she stopped the lady giving the "tour" and told her she didnt need to see the dressing room because she would never be using it and that it didnt matter, and why did she have to go back there?" the lady told her that it was part of the tour and she had to show it to her essentially forcing her to go back there. We started working out a while and they did the whole fitness evaluation write down thing... once she got into the treadmill she got really hot and WENT HOME and CHANGED HER SHIRT... then came back. First off when she left she told me to watch her phone which was plugged into the outlet by the treadmill. well after about 30 mins of her being gone, I got on the bike and this lady worker walks up to me and starts some small talk... then asks me where my friend went. I explained she went home to change her shirt and that she left her phone here so she WILL be back. Then she takes the phone up to the front desk and hands it to mr. manager and says, " uh...she??...uh...left her phone here..." and he says, " He?" and she hands it to him. Then kyliegh comes back and starts on the bike with me. 5 mins go by this lady taps her on the shoulder with a smirk on her face and asks her to come in the room with her. Kyliegh knew what was up and pulled my shirt so I'd come with her. When we got in there the lady says, "idk how to put this without being uncouth...and kind of chuckles and goes..but uh... someone complained about you being in the locker room and you being a guy in there and so... I am telling you you can only work out in the cardio area..." and of course she was offended and upset because her ID does NOT have a "gender" on it- it is blankSeriously..so she was like, acting offended and then the lady was like, " well your ID says a guys name and there is no gender on it at all" then the manager came in and I was explaining that they were assuming there was a penis between her legs because obviously there is no gender on the ID... and that because of that assumption they were being completely sexist. They said no they werent was I serious, was I kidding them? I said no... she has breasts and the manager took it beyond the line that was already crossed and said, " seriously? are you looking at his shoulder blades on his back, or his knee caps!?" and that was beyond rude... Now my sisters name is legally TYLER and she is a legal female, vagina and all But their 2nd biggest argument was what her name legally on her ID was. and the point of no males is what exactly??? to ease womens minds. and yet there were males working when I was under the assumption when I signed up that on girls days girls were working... but there were at LEAST two male employees in the area they told her she couldn't be. I doubt women are upset that my friend is here? this is a person in transition. this is her LIFESTYLE.. not a fly by night thing.Tell me, honestly- could Kyliegh walk into this same gym on a mans day as herself, and end up being ok!? She would her ### kicked and definitely discriminated against in a room FULL of meatheads. While I was in the gym, trying to cancel my contract, however (being that it was a "mans day") and that they had put me in the workout area where they told my friend she couldn't go... I saw at least 2 girls working out in that same area and no one said anything to them! On the same note, male workers are constantly working on female days. I called corporate and they were RUDE and told me I could only call the "big wig" in office and leave a message ONCE and not to play games because we were adults and that she will get back to me when she gets back to me and that I was being unnecessary by wanting to call the "big wig" again. It has been a week and she has still not gotten back to me by the way, and not to mention I went to cancel and now they wont let me even though my contract says I have to submit a letter saying I am cancelling and it will be cancelled in thirty days from the date of my received letter... So now here I sit in the midst of trying to figure all of this out and I would like to join with others.
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