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Trans Woman Asked To Leave The Women’s Changing Room At A Gym

Someone was uncomfortable with her presence.

In recent years, people have become more and more open-minded when it comes to the LGBTQ community. While many are not bothered by their presence in public areas, there are still some who are not comfortable with them in private places – like a gym’s changing room, for example.

In fact, a trans woman who had gone into women’s changing rooms at a gym was asked to leave by a staff member, telling her “no men allowed.” The individual, who goes by the name of “Sarah,” had been a PureGym member for more than a year and had been using the female changing rooms at the branch for two months.

Sarah was asked by the staff if she wanted to use the gender-neutral disabled facilities — which she declined, as she’s not disabled — and whether she had undergone gender confirmation surgery, which she refused to answer.

She recalled:

“The manager said that men weren’t allowed in the women’s locker room. She said: ‘I’m afraid you have to leave’ because someone was made uncomfortable by me being in there.”

PureGym staff took the tras woman’s details to follow up with the incident, and when she asked if having gender assignment surgery was a condition that allowed her to use the female changing rooms. The manager said she wasn’t sure about the policy relating to that.

Sarah added:

“I asked if it was the policy that trans women were not allowed in the women’s locker room and [the manager] said that she didn’t know the policy in particular.

She just kept saying that I had to leave because someone had reported me. Nowhere in any of this did she tell me that I’d done anything wrong.”

The trans woman has not returned to the PureGym branch since the incident and has not found a different gym which makes her feel welcome.

A PureGym spokesperson said:

“On this occasion, PureGym staff contacted the member discreetly, following questions from other members, to agree on a solution on the appropriate changing facilities. We would still value the opportunity to discuss this matter with the member and agree on an appropriate solution … PureGym has a zero-tolerance policy on any transphobic behavior from staff or other members.”

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