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Planet Fitness stores receive bomb threats after the far right ridicules the gyms’ policies

More than 40 Planet Fitness locations across the country have received bomb threats after a conservative movement against the gym’s trans-inclusive locker room policy went viral online.

In the weeks since the backlash against the gym chain began in March, at least 43 locations in Connecticut, Florida, Alabama and other states have received bomb threats, according to progressive media watchdog Media Matters.

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The group said the rapid response on social media, centering on anti-trans rhetoric, is reminiscent of last year’s boycott of Bud Light. The beer brand’s sales fell last year after the company collaborated with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney in an advertisement.

Planet Fitness said in a statement that the company has “worked closely with local and federal authorities to investigate these threats and will continue to take action to ensure the safety of our members and employees.”

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The backlash began when TikTok’s right-wing social media account Libs on

“I realize he wants to be a woman, he can be a woman, I love him in Christ. He is a spiritual being having a human experience. He doesn’t like his gender so he wants to be a woman, but I don’t like him shaving in my bathroom,” the woman said.

The Libs of TikTok account then shared an email exchange with another customer, who wrote to the company to complain about the incident. The company reiterated that it allows people to “use locker room facilities and programs based on their self-reported gender identity.”

The woman in the video was ultimately banned from her Planet Fitness location for sharing a photo of a person at a sink that was at the center of her complaint. TikTok’s Libs posted an update of the woman with the caption “Why does @PlanetFitness prioritize a man with ap*nis using a woman’s private space over the safety of women and girls?”

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In a statement to LGBTQ+ news site Pink News, Planet Fitness said that “inconvenience is not a reason to deny entry” and said the “member who posted on social media violated our mobile device policy, which prohibits taking photos of individuals in the changing room” .

The company is based in New Hampshire and has approximately 2,400 locations across the country. While Planet Fitness’s stock price fell 10% in the days after the backlash began, the company’s stock has rebounded in recent weeks.

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