Transgender woman calls Canada’s human rights commissioner after gym refused entry to women-only venue

A transgender woman called on Canada’s human rights commissioner to investigate a gym that refused entry to a women-only venue and instead referred the person to a co-ed gym.

Brigid Klyne-Simpson said Bodyworks Fitness in Parksville, British Columbia was initially very welcoming.

“One of the trainers there greeted me and she was very nice and basically she could tell straight away that I’m trans and said I would be welcome there and specifically said I would be safe too and even hugged me,” Klyne-Simpson Chek News said.

Klyne-Simpson bought a membership and trained at the women-only gym. Days later, the gym called.

“Then on Monday I got a call from the same person who basically said, ‘Sorry, we made a mistake, you’re not supposed to be here, but you’re welcome to use the mixed facility,'” Klyne-Simpson said.

Bodyworks Fitness has two locations, one for women only and one for both sexes.

Klyne-Simpson said it was devastating.

Dale Nagra, the owner of the gym, explained the company’s rationale for its decision to Chek News.

“We want them to be comfortable, but we also have to be concerned about the young girls this gym is set up for and the women and how are their parents going to feel that they’re in there, then comes on this person with an all-male voice and great person,” Nagra said.

He went on to say that no matter what happens, anyone will feel uncomfortable.

“And so we choose for the comfort of the transgender person, and they might not be as comfortable in the co-ed gym, but at least that’s an alternative, or do we choose the comfort of the young girls who might not be comfortable working out out there?” he asked.

Nagra also said other transgender people are already using the co-ed gym and its shop does not discriminate against transgender people.

Klyne-Simpson says there’s a simple answer for people who disagree with the transgender agenda.

“All it takes is education. Once you understand that trans women are women, trans men are men, nonbinary people are who they say they are, it’s that simple,” Klyne-Simpson said. “If you’re still uncomfortable afterward, that’s on you, not me. I am who I am, it’s as simple as that. I just look different. That’s all.”

Here’s more about the transphobic gym:

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