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Transgender Woman Barred from LA Fitness Women's Locker Room: VIDEO


An LA Fitness in Montclair, California barred a woman from using the women's locker room after learning she is transgender, CBS Los Angeles reports:

[Yanel] Valenzuela said the manager’s request came after she had told another employee that she is a transgender woman looking for workout advice catered to her needs.

“I felt hurt because I don’t understand why she did it. She had no reason. She had no complaints from anyone,” Valenzuela said.

Valenzuela said she showed the manager her California driver’s license, which states she’s female. She also had a letter from her doctor that said she was born a man but had surgery to become a woman.

“I hope this never happens to anybody again because it’s not fair for me to be disrespected in front of clients and the members that come here,” Valenzuela said.

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  1. LA Fitness being built in Bloomfield MI. Too bad! Already turning away members because of their bigotry and the building isn't even finished. Nice work.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 1, 2013 8:59:59 AM

  2. She was looking for media attention....and money....sounds fishy..

    Posted by: Ankerich | Nov 1, 2013 10:49:37 AM

  3. If we are talking about communal showers and this person no longer has a penis, then I can't imagine what the problem is.

    Posted by: Endora | Nov 1, 2013 10:51:16 AM

  4. LA Fitness just opened a new gym in Gaithersburg with a another one under construction. Sadly, I have a lifetime membership carried over from Bally's but intend to express my displeasure with the management. If that happened here she would have been protected and could seek legal recourse.

    Posted by: JKM | Nov 1, 2013 11:00:54 AM

  5. She IS suing, yes? If the state recognizes her as a woman and she has had sex-re-assignment surgery then by all means, she has every right to use the woman's locker room and to be denied is flat out discrimination. Sue the SH*T out of LA Fitness to the tune of as much as you can get. Perhaps then they will make sure such denial never happens again. (I would be fuming mad!)

    BTW, she looks to be a lovely girl.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 1, 2013 11:26:03 AM

  6. And this has something to do with being gay how?

    Posted by: Dov | Nov 1, 2013 12:04:55 PM

  7. @dov: She's trans. This is an LGBT-focused website. The T in LGBT is for trans.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Nov 1, 2013 12:07:55 PM

  8. I doubt this was a corporate decree. Sounds more like an unenlightened manager, is all. Here's hoping corporate has a sit-down with the manager and provides some common sense training.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Nov 1, 2013 12:39:45 PM

  9. I'm sure they could find a spare broom closet where this person could change in peace.

    Posted by: patrick | Nov 1, 2013 3:46:25 PM

  10. What do the anti-trans bigots want? For a woman that looks like a woman but was born a man to use the Men's Changeroom, thus making other men in there do uncomfortable double-takes?

    It's 2013. Y'all have the internet. There's simply no excuse to not understand our trans brothers and sisters and what they're going through.

    Every gay person who refuses to stand up for our Trans brothers and sisters deserves every ounce of the anti-gay hatred and prejudice they'll continue to experience in life.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 1, 2013 3:55:28 PM

  11. maybe these things would be easier if we recognize that bathrooms/ locker rooms/ other sex separated places are meant to be just that, segregated by *biological sex*, not about notions of gender. Is there a penis between this woman's legs? If Y, then biological women should have a say in whether they feel comfortable.

    Posted by: nikito | Nov 1, 2013 6:45:35 PM

  12. Kiwi, does your moral rule about how people deserve hatred and prejudice apply to others too? So if a woman doesn't speak out on antigay violence, she deserves to be raped? Or if an African American doesn't actively speak out in favor of trans locker room access then he deserves to be harassed by the KKK?

    You are really a sick individual Kiwi, aka, Raymond Miller of Toronto and Brooklyn, NY. Please seek help and learn that no one deserves hatred and prejudice.

    Posted by: Ben | Nov 1, 2013 7:13:17 PM

  13. I think I agree with Nikito. If a person came into the locker room and the had a penis but looked like a woman I would feel uncomfortable. Maybe we should have coed bathrooms.

    Posted by: Jen | Nov 2, 2013 9:53:45 AM

  14. They're just jealous over Yanel's lack of cellulite.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 2, 2013 11:46:04 AM

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