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Transgender Woman 'devastated' After Claiming She Was Banned From Using Female-only Gym

Brigid Klyne-Simpson stated that upon her initial visit, she felt welcomed at Bodyworks Fitness in Parksville, Canada.

Speaking to CHEK News, she said: "One of the trainers there greeted me, and she was extremely kind and she could basically tell I was trans right away and said I would be welcome there, and explicitly said I would be safe as well, even gave me a hug."

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After becoming a member, Brigid returned to the gym last week and completed a workout session lasting one hour.

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She explained why she was happy to have found a female-only gym, stating: "I fell out of it in university because I was just kind of intimidated being around a bunch of mostly really buff guys at the university gym."

"So finding a ladies gym was something that seemed really exciting, and now that I'm out, I understand why I was uncomfortable at the other place."

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However, just a few days following her workout, Brigid stated that she received a call from the employee who had initially greeted her warmly, informing her that: "Sorry, we made a mistake, you're not actually allowed to be here, but you're more than welcome to use the co-ed facility."

Brigid said she just 'hung up', adding: "I was extremely devastated, there's really no other word for it."

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Despite being allowed to use the gym that caters to both genders, Brigid said to the reporter that she does not feel at ease in such spaces as it is mostly frequented by men.

"It was important to me to be in a place that would be like explicitly accepting, like, 'You are a woman, you're allowed to be here,'" she explained.

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The owner of Bodyworks Fitness, Dale Nagra, defends his decision, stating that Brigid, who has been undergoing hormone replacement therapy for over three years, is still welcome to use the mixed-gender gym.

He said: "We want them to be comfortable, but we also have to worry about the young girls that this gym is set up for and the women, and how are their parents gonna feel that they're in there, then this person walks in with a male voice and big person."

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"So now you pick the comfort of the male who identifies as a woman... and then anybody can go in there saying, 'OK, I identify as a woman, and I want to be able to go in there'.

"And so, do we pick the comfort of the transgender person, and they may not be as comfortable with the co-ed gym but at least that's an alternative, or do we pick the comfort of the young girls that are working out there that might not feel comfortable?"

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The publication referred to the growing evidence that there is no elevated risk of safety when allowing individuals who are transgender to access facilities that align with their gender identity.

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Furthermore, research conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law in 2021 discovered that transgender individuals are four times more likely to be a target of violent crime compared to cisgender individuals. Brigid said that while she understands that some people might feel uneasy, she believes that education is the key to addressing this issue.

"Once you understand trans women are women, trans men are men, non-binary people are who they say they are, it's as simple as that," she continued.

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"If you still feel uncomfortable after that, that's on you, it's not on me. I am who I am, it's as simple as that. I just look different. That's all."