May 6th, 2017


How to phrase this?

At the gym this morning, Mike the gym manager was stressed out about a male former trainer coming back to the gym, but she's now female.  He was panicking about what changing room she should use, and what to do if people complained, and so on.

I told him that he didn't need to implement genital checks or DNA tests at the door, he should just comply with provincial law, and let people use the changing room that corresponds with their lived gender identity.  If people have a problem with that, he should tell them to complain to the Human Rights Commission, not him.

I'm going to send him an e-mail to follow up.  What should I change to this? I tried to phrase it as "you're already doing the right thing" and "no need to do extra work", and didn't mention all the horrible suggestions he had been proposing.  However, it seems a bit stilted.  Suggestions to make it flow better?



To follow up on our conversation this morning: you don't have to worry about what to do when transpeople work or train at the gym.  Just keep doing as you do now, and let people go into the changing room that corresponds with their lived gender identity.  You've got the law on your side.

The Ontario Human Rights Code states "Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability. "  

If someone says they identify as male, that means they change in the men's changing room. If someone says they identify as female, that means they change in the women's changing room.  If anyone has issues with that, you can tell them that the gym naturally complies with the Ontario Human Rights Code, and hand them the attached brochure from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

[cross-posting to LJ even though this will probably get me banned from there, according to the new TOS]

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