Golds Gym "Family" Membership

  • g56whiz

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    Sep 15, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    My local Golds featured a "family" plan whereby you could enroll a family member for an additional dollar a month. Has anyone ever used this to enroll their same sex partner? I'm not sure whether the Golds policy would be specific to a particular franchisee or system wide. The gay community here is mostly Latino and very closeted. I'd appreciate some guidance before proceeding. Thanks.
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    Sep 15, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    There's only one way to find out.
    And, people will stay closeted until a few people have to balls to un-closet themselves.
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    Sep 15, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThere's only one way to find out.
    And, people will stay closeted until a few people have to balls to un-closet themselves.

    In 2002 my late partner & I were planning to move to Fargo, North Dakota (don't ask why, long story). I was already living nearby, my partner still down in Houston, when a lesbian couple sued the Fargo Y Family Center to allow them to have a family membership, which represented a savings for 2 or more people.

    So the Y held a public meeting, that the local media attended, with TV news cameras taping. I signed up to speak, and when I came to the podium I identified myself as a retired US Army Colonel, Military Police Corps, who had used YMCAs around the country for many years (actually since I was a child). And I saw some of the audience, those whom I took to be gay & lesbian, cringe at what they thought was coming. Most didn't know me at that point.

    First I complemented the YMCA Board for having this meeting, all the members seated at the long table facing the audience. Then I proceeded to make my case for support of opening family memberships to "non-traditional families" as the proposal was worded.

    When I finished I got a standing ovation from about two-thirds of the audience, the gays & lesbians who were there. I think I kinda surprised them, this Army Colonel on their side. It was later broadcast that night on the local TV.

    The proposal did pass, BTW, a remarkable gay rights achievement for a Y in Fargo, of all places. I don't know if it remains in place today, with all this right-wing, conservative and Teabagger activism. I'm sure they've tried to reverse it, most US Republicans hating gays.