Just Look At This Asshole: Whiny Transphobic Lady To Sue Planet Fitness For Kicking Her Out

Earlier this month, a Planet Fitness in Michigan gave the boot to one Yvette Cormier after she went around the whole gym kvetching to anyone who would listen about how deeply upset she was that Carlotta Sklodowska, a trans woman, was changing in the women’s dressing room. As the gym chain has a strict “no judgments” policy, and also a gender identity non-discrimination policy, Cormier was told she was in violation of their member agreement and her membership was cancelled. Naturally, the internet cheered.

But this was not the last that Planet Fitness would hear of Ms. Yvette Cormier! The Edith Kravitz-wannabe is now suing the gym for over $25,000 in damages, for canceling her membership and causing her 75 different kinds of distress. ThinkProgress reports that her complaints include the following:

  • A violation to her right to privacy — “a man used the locker room while Mrs. Cormier was using the locker room” — that caused her “embarrassment, humiliation, and severe emotional distress.”
  • A loss of gym facilities, fear about using the gym facilities, embarrassment and humiliation, severe emotional distress, damage to reputation, and “all other damages that reasonably flow from Defendants’ outrageous behavior.”
  • “Conduct and communication of a sexual nature.”
  • Wrongful termination of membership agreement and breach of contract.
  • The following “exemplary damages”: “aggravation, annoyance, discomfort, disgrace, feelings of oppression, humiliation, inconvenience, indignation, insult, mental anxiety, mental suffering, mortification, outrage, scorn, shame, sorrow, vexation, and worry.”

First of all, I’m going to say that the “damage to her reputation” was her own doing. If you are going to make a big giant deal over something like that, people are going to think you’re a jerk. Plain and simple. Don’t do shit like that if you don’t want to be embarrassed by it. Also, “feelings of oppression?” Hi, I’m dead now. RIP Robyn. I don’t think you can claim to be oppressed because you weren’t allowed to oppress someone else. What? Is that the new “tolerance paradox?”

If you don’t want to be embarrassed by people thinking you are a weird bigot, then do not act like one. It’s very simple. It’s like wearing a giant hat shaped like a duck all around town and then wondering why people refer to you as “that girl in the giant duck-shaped hat.” If you did not want to be known as “that girl in the giant duck-shaped hat” you would wear a different hat.

Second, may I just say here that if the tables were turned, I am quite sure that Cormier and her ilk would be screaming and crying about the “free market” and how businesses should be able to decide who they will and will not cater to. Which, actually, is not true, but people can kick you out for acting like an asshole and making everyone uncomfortable.

Also, if the tables were turned, they would probably suggest that Cormier just go find another gym more in line with her values and more accepting of her chosen lifestyle as a bigot.

Cormier is being represented by father and son legal team David and Stephen Kallman. They claim she “has filed this lawsuit to protect Michigan women and children and to hold Planet Fitness accountable for its irresponsible policy and actions. This case further illustrates the potential harm caused by adding the proposed new categories of sexual orientation/gender identity to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.”

Except the thing is, statistically, the only “potential harm” that actually exists when trans people use the facilities that line up with their gender identification is to them. Because of people like Yvette Cormier.

The Kallmans, as you might be able to guess, totally have a dog in this hunt. In fact, their whole schtick is opposing LGBT rights–to the point where David Kallman represented the American Family Association’s two lawsuits against a Michigan High School for having a Gay-Straight Alliance. Seriously. Like, that’s what these people do with their time. Get mad about high school students actually participating in extracurricular school activities. They said it was like having a club that encouraged students to smoke pot, because they are idiots.

Though I doubt Ms. Cormier’s suit has any kind of actual chance in court (“vexation?” She’s suing over feeling vexed? I feel vexed all the time, where’s my moneys?), it’s likely that the suit and this whole rigamarole will be used as fodder for other whiny bigots who are desperately looking forward to being able to tell people which bathrooms and changing rooms they can use.

[ThinkProgress]