Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicagoan continues fight against alleged transphobia at Orangetheory
by Lu Calzada
2024-03-11

This article shared 10875 times since Mon Mar 11, 2024
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


After allegedly dealing with transphobia at a Chicago Orangetheory beginning in 2018, Jes Favers du Shine is still holding out hope for the organization to take measures addressing those issues.

In 2020, Windy City Times reported on Favers du Shine's experience, which they also chronicled in a blog post. In the post, they discussed multiple times at the Chi-Edge location they were forced to choose male or female on forms and how Favers du Shine responded by trying to educate staff members on why this is harmful, eventually canceling their membership in 2020. The original WCT story chronicled Orangetheory's response, but Favers du Shine said the company was just making empty promises.

After trying Orangetheory again August 2022 at its Evanston location, they made the decision to officially cancel their membership February 2024 after allegedly countless incidents of misgendering and more attempts to educate staff. Favers du Shine said in a recent blog post the rise of anti-trans hate along with Orangetheory's headquarters being in Florida pushed them to make the decision.

At this point in their experience, Favers du Shine said they have spoken with two different franchises and corporate who have all said they were going to fix the issues. They said they hope folks can boycott if they're Orangetheory members or, if they're not, they can post about this experience online or call them to demand change. Favers du Shine's most recent blog post also has a flier people can hand out outside Orangetheory locations.

"[I just want] people to know what happened," they said. "I think there's a lot of people who are actual allies, and not performative allies like Orangetheory, who would support this change."

They said they receive emails every so often from people replying to the original 2020 blog post thanking them for posting about their experience and sharing their story.

Favers du Shine said that, in a perfect world, Orangetheory would allow a write-in for gender on their online form if they even ask for gender at all, and explain in-depth why they are asking for the information. They said the company would hopefully use this same approach with their heart rate monitors—which are used in their workouts to try to measure workout performance more scientifically. If there are machines that can't be changed in-house, Favers du Shine would have a disclaimer that they have to ask these questions, but recognize it does not include all possible options.

They also said that they wished Orangetheory would give proceeds from selling rainbow items to trans people of color who work in the fitness industry.

Favers du Shine said Orangetheory's lack of acknowledgement for their concerns and complaints affected them especially since they promote being an inclusive place and carry rainbow merchandise. They said it's "really scary" to see individuals or corporations who claim to be LGBTQ-friendly perpetuate this behavior.

"It hurts more when it's coming from someone who's saying they're on your side," they said. "Anyone who's saying 'I care about you, I care about this, I'm an ally,' when they do wrong, that stings a lot worse than some random person on the street who doesn't care about you or isn't invested in you."

Windy City Times contacted Orangetheory corporate for comment, but the company has not responded at the time of publication.

Favers du Shine also said their experience is part of a bigger problem, since Orangetheory is headquartered in Florida, a state with some of the worst anti-trans laws and sentiments in state government. They said simply having recognition for non-binary and gender-nonconforming on forms shouldn't be a big statement or task, even if there was some transphobic backlash.

Despite seeking a different gym that they would feel welcome in, Favers du Shine said they haven't found one in a convenient location that works for them yet. They said this has unfortunately made them have to choose between a conveniently-located gym that affirms them, going to one that doesn't, or not going at all.

"That pattern of prioritizing profit … and people's comfort over our safety and actual existence, [is] representative of so much more," they said. "That piece of mission statement [highlighting an inclusive community] on their website, don't tell me you're going to do that for me if you're not."

See www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/Chicagoan-alleges-anti-trans-bias-against-Orangetheory-location/68263.html and www.jesfaversdushine.com/blog/otf-call-out.


This article shared 10875 times since Mon Mar 11, 2024
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NAIA votes to ban trans women from athletics, affecting Chicago conference 2024-04-16
- The National Association of Intercollegiate College on April 8 released a new policy on transgender athletes, banning trans women from competing under its jurisdiction. The new policy, which is set to go into effect Aug. 1, ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ film fest Queer Expression to feature Alexandra Billings in 'Queen Tut' 2024-04-12
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Pride Film Fest celebrates its second decade with a new name—QUEER EXPRESSION—and has announced its slate of LGBTQ+-themed feature, mid-length and short films for in-person and virtual events in April and May. QUEER EXPRESSI ...


Gay News

WORLD Ugandan law, Japan, Cass report, Tegan and Sara, Varadkar done 2024-04-12
- Ugandan LGBTQ+-rights activists asked the international community to mount more pressure on Uganda's government to repeal an anti-gay law that the country's Constitutional Court refused to nullify, PBS reported. Activist ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans woman killed, Tenn. law, S. Carolina coach, Evan Low, Idaho schools 2024-04-12
- Twenty-four-year-old Latina trans woman and makeup artist Meraxes Medina was fatally shot in Los Angeles, according to the website them, citing The Los Angeles Times. Authorities told the Times they found Medina's broken fingernail and a ...


Gay News

UK's NHS releases trans youth report; JK Rowling chimes in 2024-04-11
- An independent report issued by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) declared that children seeking gender care are being let down, The Independent reported. The report—published on April 10 and led by pediatrician and former Royal ...


Gay News

Judith Butler focuses on perceptions of gender at Chicago Humanities Festival talk 2024-04-10
- In an hour-long program filled with dry humor—not to mention lots of audience laughter—philosopher, scholar and activist Judith Butler (they/them) spoke in depth on their new book at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on ...


Gay News

Black LGBTQIA leaders applaud U of South Carolina head coach Staley for standing up for trans athlete inclusion 2024-04-08
--From a press release - WASHINGTON — On Sunday, April 7, the University of South Carolina's women's basketball team won the NCAA National Championship. Ahead of the championship game, South Carolina's head coach Dawn Staley made comments in support of transgend ...


Gay News

NAIA bans trans athletes from women's sports 2024-04-08
- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on April 8 that athletes will only be allowed to compete in women's sports if they were assigned female at birth, CBS Sports reported. The NAIA's Council of ...


Gay News

HRC president responds to NAIA vote to ban transgender women from playing sports 2024-04-08
--From a press release - WASHINGTON —Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, responded to the National Association of ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal: NAIA proposed transgender sports ban disappointing, harmful reversal 2024-04-08
- Lambda Legal: NAIA Proposed Transgender Sports Ban a Disappointing and Harmful Reversal "The NAIA announcement sends a dangerous message, is inconsistent with the law and science, and undercuts the organization's ...


Gay News

NATIONAL mpox, Trans+ Day of Visibility, police items, Best Buy, Gentili's death 2024-04-05
- The CDC has concluded that mpox cases are on the rise in the United States, increasing to almost double what they were at the same time last year, according to ABC News. There is a national year-to-date estimate of 511 cases ...


Gay News

DoJ accuses Utah of bias against incarcerated trans woman 2024-04-03
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of Utah, including the Utah Department of Corrections (UDOC), alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ...


Gay News

Performers light up the stage at Windy City Trans Visibility Pageant 2024-04-01
- Life is Work presented its 3rd Annual Windy City Trans Visibility Pageant on March 30, with a star-studded epic extravaganza featuring 11 contestants performing alongside personalities from RuPaul's Drag Race. The event, which was held at ...


Gay News

Late transgender activist Elise Malary receives street dedication in Andersonville 2024-03-30
- Elise Malary, the late transgender activist who died in March 2022, was a born-and-raised Andersonville local who co-founded the neighborhood-based Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC). Now her memory is a permanent ...


Gay News

Chicago's transgender community kicks off Transgender Week of Visibility with daylong conference, resource fair 2024-03-30
- Transgender community leaders, allies and politicians kicked off a weeklong celebration of transgender visibility in Chicago with a one-day conference and resource fair. More than 100 community members attended the ...


 


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.