Fitness First Cebu rejected me because I’m a non-op transgender woman

I am a non-op trans woman from the Philippines. Meaning I am a trans woman who prefers not to get rid of my male genitalia that were assigned to me at birth, by undergoing Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS), but clearly this has nothing to do with my gender identity.  Because in my heart, in my soul, and in my mind I am a woman and I identify myself as such.

I am a transgender woman who loves going to the gym, to stay fit and healthy, like any typical woman who wants to take care of her body.  So I walked into Fitness First, a fitness center located in Ayala Mall Cebu, Philippines. I was greeted with enthusiastic smile and was welcomed warmly.  Few minutes later, a very kind and accommodating woman gave me a tour through the whole place and that includes the shower and the locker room for the ladies. I walked into the room and nothing was unusual, nothing was different and I know I belong to this room. The ladies were smiling at me and I had a very positive energy towards this community! Kudos to the employees, they were very nice, perhaps they wanted to make a sale. We ended the tour and went back to the receiving area so she can tell me about the membership and their programs! I got a fair deal and so I decided to sign up! She asked for my ID, and I started filling out the forms. I know that she had already an idea about my gender identity upon looking at my ID, but I felt she was hesitant to confront me. Until the time that we discussed my access card to the gym. She absolutely did not know what to do at first, she wanted me to sign up but was afraid with the rules and regulations of the said fitness center, which I totally understand. She excused herself to seek advise from the girl who welcomed me first and then they both sat and talked to me. The other girl asked me

Girl 1 (from the receiving area) : “Have you already done your operation? ”

I was quiet for a few seconds and wondered “why do you ask?”  but opted not to speak my thought because I do not want to be rude, and the I replied with a lie.

Me:  “Yes I did”
Girl 1: “Do you have a certificate of your operation?”

Now I started to be uneasy and my heart was already pumping so fast, so I told them the truth.

Me: “Well  no I have not done the bottom surgery. “

I was feeling so uncomfortable being asked with these questions where in fact I just want to use their facility!  Then the girl who gave me a tour (Girl 2) reasoned out.

Girl2 : “There are other members who complain when  people like you are in the women’s locker room.
Me: “So meaning if I sign up I need to go to the men’s locker and shower room?”
Girl 2:  “Yes that is correct! And if you had your operation done, then it is okay to be in the females quarter.”

And there I saw myself caught in the most humiliating, discriminating, unacceptable, inhumane, unfair, injustice situation I have ever encountered in my life. Now I know that when I need to go to this gym and use the female’s locker room, I need to have a vagina. I was just there giving them fake smiles to them and do not know what to say. Girl 2 went to talk to the manager and I said to myself “I just want to get out from this place”. I believe if you care for your customers, a manager would promptly talk to you directly and explain, but I saw no manager, clearly they do not welcome transgender women. Though I am giving them the benefit of the doubt, possibly they are innocent of my existence as a transgender woman and the rest of my community! 

I wish this situation will be an eye opener for them to  treat every customer equally regardless of their gender! We maybe a third world country but this should not stop us from being open minded. I should not be stopped from having a healthy lifestyle, just because I still have not undergone SRS.

  • Schon

    The way I understand what you wrote, Fitness First did NOT reject you from enrolling in a fitness program at their facility. They only rejected you from using the women’s locker room. In spite of you identifying yourself as a woman “in your heart, soul and mind”, you do have a penis and you are still a man to many other hearts, souls and minds.

    • Guest

      Still it’s rejection because Fitness First did not accept her as a member being what she is as a “transgender woman”; who sees herself as a woman and therefore entitled to use any facility as any woman member could use. It actually could have been better if she was downright rejected but she has to suffer this humiliating dialogue with tactless employees.

      • nobody

        just because you love to choke on dicks, it does not make you an expert on women’s issues, you fucking ignorant, angry little fag. special rights? no, you are a bitter old faggot who says transwomen want special rights not equal rights because you are a misogynist who ignorantly thinks he is exempt from misogyny for being gay. you are a part of the problem, and the political fight you fight is in vain compared to the political fight transwomen fight. 49% of all hate crime happens to trans women. gay people are CEO’s with lots of money and about 15% of hate crimes happen to them. you aren’t oppressed like we are, and if you think you are, its because you have a faggy victim complex. go suck cum out of an ass, you fucking loser.

        • concern

          Once and For all… we have to admit that maki is not a REAL WOMAN he is a TRANSGENDER WOMAN so to prevent this conflict from occuring my suggestion to FF is that they should create a quater for transgenders… in order to avoid confusions and conflict and to give respect also to transgenders… wala naman dapat pag awayan hindi rin maganda na ipilit natin ang ating sarili na sa female quarter talaga tayo mag stay kahit hindi naman talaga tayo naturaly born woman…

          • Guest

            Well said concern.

          • transporter001

            I think you made a few English spelling mistakes, I corrected them for you. Alam ko ang ilang mga Tagalog ngunit hindi sapat upang iwasto ang iyong mga mali sa Tagalog

            Once and For all… we have to admit that Maki is a REAL WOMAN, she is
            a TRANSGENDER WOMAN. So to prevent this conflict from occuring my
            suggestion to FF is that they should create a quarter for ciswomen who are freaking out about things that aren’t even a problem until they have calmed down…
            in order to avoid confusions and conflict and to give respect also to
            transgenders… wala naman dapat pag awayan hindi rin maganda na ipilit
            natin ang ating sarili na sa female quarter talaga tayo mag stay kahit
            hindi naman talaga tayo naturaly born woman…

          • nobody

            transgender women are real women. nobody is born a woman. womanhood is something only adults can know. what you are suggesting is basically the same thing hitler suggested for the jews. yes, you do deserve to be called faggot.

        • Guest

          Goodness nobody, you have a filthy mouth. I cannot even stand the words you are typing. Gross.

          We am not pointing out how successful transgender women are. We are talking about how transgender women are not considered as real women. You want respect? Act respectful. You want respect? Respect others around you. And as for what I have observed, you are a disrespectful prick.

          I am not disrespecting if that’s what you feel like giving back to me. Maki, on the other hand thinks she needs respect but does not respect the “OTHERS” privacy. Other women would want that. Real women. Fitness first may have said that and you may find that unbelievable. But that is the truth. The real women would wish for what is acceptable. Maki is born male, she needs to go the male restroom. And no, we are not talking about how Maki thinks about herself.

          • nobody

            i can’t stand the words you are typing either. i would murder you in person, you evil problem causing faggot.

          • nobody

            you a faggot faggot FAGGOT and you deserve to suffer you pathetic little jealous faggot faggot faggot.

      • nobody

        your opinion is trivial at best, guest. you are not an expert, you are just a hater, and you think being gay exempts you from any further education.

        • Guest

          There are 2 “GUEST” usernames here. 🙂 Choose who to fight with.

      • oi

        its not about gender but its about fitness gym because all you have to execrise… right?

      • Schon

        I think this issue is too trivial for so many people to be fighting over. In life, every one of us encounters countless rejections. You’ll just have to know your place in this world. In a private institution wherein they have set their own rules, you abide by it because it is theirs. That is regardless of whether you are male, female or whatever you so think you are. It is unacceptable to be crying out for empathy just because you are gay or a transgender. If you have been offended and just cannot get over it, build your own business and set your own rules. Until then, learn to accept life as it is.

  • Eva Mari Tagudina

    the point of discussion was referral usage of Restroom. however the conduct of interview was “obnoxious”. Tact and diplomacy was not observed. perhaps the management of Fitness First should extend a hand of apology thus to feel any repercussion from other future clients. they should be gender sensitive and PWD( persons with disabilities)sensitive,too.

  • Vicky

    Dear Maki,

    I just read your article above and am very sorry to hear about your experience with the Fitness First.

    We are bound to feel humiliated and to get angry too in which the result in your part was an essay you wrote above. I totally understand if this was ( the essay) your main outlet in unloading your desperation about the company itself. On the other hand, there is another way and it is by reading thoroughly their stipulated RULES. If you think (as per your comprehension) that the company’s rules aren’t meant more for day to day operations to proceed smoothly without any glitches, contacting the high ranking officials is the best method you can proceed and do, if you wish to pursue a legal battle. Communicating professionally with these people will bring no harm as it will give them more understanding about your experience with them.

    Yours,

    Vicky

  • Guest

    This situation makes reminds me so much of my experience,since I`m really not comfortable of going through men`s bathroom and Im a non-op transgender,Ive experience this in some malls comfort room in cebu where I was asked to step outside from the females CR and I really got traumatize from that experience,like I was speechless to defend myself and I was embarrassed in front of everyone.It would raise more eyebrows for men and be more awkward to have transgender woman in the males bathroom,its like going to the lions den and chances are tg women will get bullied and harassed there. It makes me worried too since im going to go for my medical check up and I feel i would have to ask for consideration to go the females bathroom than to go and stand in line to the males side.

  • Guest

    I understand where you are coming from. I am also gay. But unlike you, I chose to live my life looking like a male. Discreet.

    The problem here I think is that the staff were not apologetic to you. And that’s all.

    Try to understand that others may feel uncomfortable in seeing you inside the women’s shower room looking like a female but has a male genitalia.

    Living life as a female whilst born male, you should have at least looked forward to having that experience. I have nothing against you. But I would like to say that it is all common sense.

    No offense, you are still a male. You are not a woman. You only dress as a female. Sorry to say this. I know it would hurt. But this is reality in a homophobic country. Keep that in mind.

    • France

      Yeah we maybe a man down there,but we are just living our life being realistic as feminine and were not being discrete and yes it hurts that we are force follow something that were not comfortable of and its very offensive for us being a non-op tg women..

      • Guest

        Sorry, please go back to my first comment.
        Let me add this btw, it’s not always “ATTACK” whenever there are conflicts. People, regardless of gender, race, age etc., should learn when not to and when to shut up.

        • nobody

          you know that what you have said is from a passive aggressive stance and that you do in fact have a problem with trans women. you see trans women as betrayers of the gay culture, because you are ignorant, and possibly very very jealous. it is an attack, and if you say it isn’t its just a passive aggressive gay survival mechanism.

          • Guest

            Excuse me??? No way am I jealous. I do not want to look like woman or feel like a woman at all! Stop putting words into my mouth because I noticed you doing that in all your comments. 🙂

            Let’s stick to “MY COMMENT” and stop judging me because you did not like what I said. Ok?

          • nobody

            what you said was nitty attention craving bigotry.

          • Guest

            I am no where near to being an attention craving bigot. 🙂
            If you get hurt, I looked forward to hurting people with what I was going to say. Just because you didn’t like it, doesn’t mean I am seeking attention. I can choose not to post my comment but I still did. Just so anyone can read it and be aware that this is reality. Your comments are not reality. It’s an imaginary world. She is not a woman. She is born male and will never be a Female. 🙂

            Yes, she may have surgeries and stuff, but thinking to herself that she is a female will not make her a female. If I say that I think I am a caucasian, will that make me a caucasian? If I had lots of surgeries to look like an Englishman, will I be considered an englishman? NO! Because I am not an Englishman! 🙂

          • Cyril

            Maki doesn’t pretend to be a female, she pretends to be a WOMAN (and she is).

            Assigned sex and gender identity are often mistaken to be the same thing. It’s especially true in the law, in conservative ways of thinking, in the common language. And that’s exactly where you are mistaken too.

            We are not talking about a small phenomenon, and if you live in the Philippines you should be well aware of that, since PH is the top country in terms of transgender population, with Thailand. It is estimated to be 1% of the population here. That is a big number, big enough to stop seeing it as a disease, or as a fantasy or even as a choice. And realise that gender identity actually exists, and our society should start to understand it, accept it.

            So you’re right, Maki is born male, she will never be a female (you don’t defeat biology). But she is a woman. She has always been a woman, and she will always be a woman.

            Not all woman are born female.

          • Guest

            All women are born female. She’s not.

          • transporter001

            I’d like to counter a few points that you’ve made Guest, Maki isn’t gay. there is something of an internet troll about you. You aren’t really very knowledgeable about the latest research into transgender issues yet you claim to be. You comment …’I would like to say that it is all common sense’… Far from it. If you reveal yourself as gay in some countries you’ll be facing the death penalty, and I’m sure that in their minds it’ll just be common sense that you ‘chose’ to be gay and you ought to be straight. In my own country, the UK, being gay was illegal sixty or so years ago, the majority of the population just laughed at gays and felt that they brought it on themselves, if you had asked people at the time, they would have used your common sense argument.
            One example made me laugh. You said… ‘I do not need to educate myself with whatever you think it is that I
            need to get educated with. I read a lot and I know what you want me to
            know already’…
            You do realise that what you are saying is that no matter what that person wants to show you, you already know it or have already read it? That is the philosophical stance of a very arrogant or a very stupid person. I might say to someone that I don’t have time right now to see ‘new’ information that might just change my mind but I could never say I didn’t need to.
            In response to ‘nobody’s comment you said… ‘You practically made no sense at all’… yet ‘nobody’s argument is clearly reasoned. Strange thing for an ‘educated’ person to say.
            And by the way I also think that the use of terms like ‘faggot’ directed towards you are wrong.
            You are also not above joining in a bit of… yes you did… no I didn’t, again not the reasoned responses one normally sees from an ‘educated’ person.
            I have met Maki and I can tell you she is a woman. There is an accumulating body of evidence that is disproving the old notions of transgender as either being a mental disorder or a choice.
            I would suggest looking at biological sex, gender and orientation as three separate things and each of them as a continuum not two inalienable opposites. There’s loads of research out there but I’m guessing you already know what it is or have read it all in it’s entirety.
            Anyway time moves on and you are correct, transgender rights will be increasingly enshrined in law and the situation will hopefully improve, mainly through the efforts of brave people like Maki. Much as being gay was legalised in the UK through the work of brave people who had to counter the negative ‘opinions’ they constantly came across, opinions such as, ‘you won’t convince me with your scientific arguments’ or ‘men should be straight, it’s unnatural’
            I guess I’m lucky, my sex, gender and orientation all align in a way that society generally expects. I can’t imagine the daily struggles that transgender, gay, intersex etc. people have to go through.

          • Cyril

            If you have issues with the concepts of gender identity, sex, sexual orientation… and how they are different from each other, I recommend you read this http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/01/the-genderbread-person/

          • fifthdentist

            Cough *hemaphrodites* cough.

          • Julienne Coppede

            There is a medical condition called gender dysphoria, a condition you don’t have and never will have, but you claim gender is as easy as a choice?? You offhandedly deciding I want to be a woman in no way reflects the real pain that is gender dysphoria. Your comment is ignorant and offensive. Please do not speak about a condition you don’t have, while not having the humility to learn and listen. And how ironic! A gay man speaking about gender as a whimsical choice. Why not choose to be straight? Why not attend a gay-conversion therapy session? The same argument used to deny homosexuals the same legitamcy as straight persons you use to deny this woman any legitimacy as the gender she is. Gender is not a choice. She did not choose to be this way. She is. And she made a brave decision to be who she was. HRT is life-saving to persons suffering from this condition. And surgeries to look like an Englishman??? What defines an Englishman? Not physical conditions. This is a nationality. This is a choice someone who is not born in England can make. Please. You make no sense at all. This is not a topic you have any business telling us the “reality” about.

    • GenderIdentity

      The problem I have with your comment is that you consider her as “gay” when she already mentioned that she’s a transgender woman. Being gay and being transgender are two different things – and unlike you, she identifies herself as a woman regardless of who she is attracted to. Being Transgender is all about how you identify yourself regardless of your biological sex.

      Common sense? I think you need to start learning the differences with sexual orientation and gender identity.

      • Guest

        Sorry, please go back to my first comment.
        Let me add this btw, it’s not always “ATTACK” whenever there are conflicts. People, regardless of gender, race, age etc., should learn when not to and when to shut up.

        • Guest

          FYI, being a “transgender” is very much different from “transexual”, the latter requires that you need to have the operations while the former do not. It’s more on how you see yourself and know your sexual preference. With that said, “gay” is not the political term to be used in her case. Read it up before committing in yourself into intellectual debates as you may call it. 🙂

          • Guest

            I know a lot will get hurt with what I said. That’s why there will be a lot of terms that will be opened up. But let me tell you this. We are in a world where MALE and FEMALE are the only genders that are widely accepted.

            There will come a time when Maki will not be called gay or male. But when that time comes, she will still not be called a female but another term.

            She should have thought that fitness first also considers OTHER customers. We, the LGBTQ is asking for equal rights. Maki is asking for special rights!

            Again, she was born male, considers herself as a female growing up, but that will not change her to being a woman. Let me repeat what I said, “If I consider myself as a woman, will that make me a woman, I think not”. That therefore makes her different from a woman. Transgender woman but “NOT” a woman.

          • nobody

            thats not really true at all. this is a world with many recognized genders. if you say otherwise, then you are an enabler of white male privilege and power. you are an agent of the heterocissexist matrix of patriarchy. you are the enemy. you are not trans, so do not speak for trans people. you saying we are asking for special rights is the same thing as a KKK member calling you a god damn faggot.

          • Guest

            You do not know what you are talking about. 🙂

          • nobody

            yes, i do =]

          • fifthdentist

            There are a number of societies where there is a “third gender” that is accepted and even venerated. Native Americans also had such a designation, so it is a widespread and long-held concept.
            The West doesn’t decide the definitions for the entire world.
            Also, there are people born with both genitalia. Where do they fit in on your scale?

          • fifthdentist

            Exactly, there are a number of societies where there is a “third gender” that is accepted and even venerated. Native Americans also had such a designation, so it is a widespread and long-held concept.
            The West doesn’t decide the definitions for the entire world.

          • nobody

            womanhood is not your gay woman-hating misogynist definition.

      • Guest

        She is gay… she is not a woman because if she is, then she would have a vagina instead of a penis from the day she was born. SHE CONSIDERS HERSELF AS A WOMAN. If I consider myself as a woman, will that make me a woman, I think not. She is not a woman. She CONSIDERS herself as a woman. Let me use the pronoun she. She is a male who likes males and that makes her gay. 🙂

        • Guest

          This statement of yours is wrong in so many ways. No offense but please read and educate yourself with gender studies especially of the LGBT sector.

          • Guest

            Oh no, I do not need to educate myself with whatever you think it is that I need to get educated with. I read a lot and I know what you want me to know already. I am just stating facts. She is a male. She is “STILL” a male living as a female. That does not make her a woman. 🙂 Your comments too are soooo wrong in so many ways. 🙂

          • Crystal Prince

            The thinking alone of NOT NEEDING to be educated is a sign of arrogance.

            Did you even bother to check what research they were referring to before you thought that you NEED NOT be educated?

            As I said in another comment below, referring to her SEX.. she is indeed a male. Because Biologically, she has a penis dangling down there.

            BUT by Gender, she is a woman who lives a life of a woman, then therefore must be given the right of a woman.

            What are the people of fitness first thinking? That if she would dress and see boobies and vajayjay, he will have an erection?

            See, if a person lives a life of feminism, that person will have no attraction whatsoever to the opposite sex. just as a pure bottom will have no interest in another bottom.

          • katrina aumentado

            so true … i am a ladyboy and its really humuliating for me if someone deny us what we feel … i also experience like that so i think maki has right to filled and felt being humuliated in her way…. i support you girl so go for it

        • nobody

          classic example of a previously oppressed class of people attempting to turn around and play the role of the oppressor when a different group takes their place in the world of “minorities”. you still have a victim complex, because it is what you were taught, so now that you aren’t getting that poor me attention you crave, you turn around and blame the victim in order to attempt to obtain that kind of self-disabling attention again. its like chasing the dragon kind of. you are not an expert. the spotlight is not on you. get over it. she is not a male who likes males, you are a male who likes males, being a stupid faggot about other people who are labeled queer by the heterocissexist matrix of patriarchy. you are taking sides with your enemy when you say that kind of shit. its like socialized stockholm syndrome.

          • Guest

            You practically made no sense at all. 🙂

          • nobody

            yes, i did. =]

          • Guest

            No you did not. 🙂

        • fifthdentist

          Gay men are not attracted to trans women — because they are attracted to MEN — and trans women are not attracted to gay men. Ergo, trans women are not gay.

  • France

    This situation really reminds me of experience going through females bathroom in some mall in cebu,where I was asked to step outside and go to the males bathroom. Im a non-op transgender and Im happy for the way I am,but for the fact that I have to undergone sex change to consider a complete woman is bullshit.The humiliating experienced had made me traumatized since then,because I was speechless to defend myself.I think its more awkward and it would raise more eyebrows for men to see a transgender woman in a males bathroom,where she could be harassed or bullied there.I think that companies should train their staff in handling situation like this and proper way of communicating and addressing their clients.I heard some staff just intentionally address tg-women improperly just for their own fun.This really raise my concern since im about to go for a medical check up and I have to ask for consideration to go a females bathroom than to go to the opposite. I feel the word freedom and equality here in the Philippines for awesome people like us are so limited.But Im glad you wrote this maki,we have to stand for our ground and fight for our right as human.God bless you and your in my prayers!

  • France

    and i quote being extraordinary and having two best of both world is impeccable!

  • Guest

    Let me make things clear, she mentioned that she is a transgender woman.
    I know the difference between a transgender woman and a woman.
    She is not a woman but a transgender woman. Transgender woman is a male person living as a woman. Pre-op or post-op. Still, that does not make her a female.
    Since we live in an era where MALES and FEMALES are the only categories of genders, she is considered MALE and therefore needs to follow the assigned rules. She needs to use the male restroom.
    Please, we fight for equal rights, not for special rights.
    I feel your frustration Maki, but you need to know that there are OTHER customers around too.
    Being a transgender woman doesn’t give you the chance to get pacified “more” than the others who need pacifying as well.
    I would definitely understand your frustration if you have been a post-op transgender woman, but no.

    • nobody

      guest, you are a fucking faggot, and she is a woman.

      • Guest

        All you did was comment on me being someone you did not like. You are a non-intellectual person who when gets butt hurt turns to hurting the opponents feelings. 🙂

        Let’s talk facts. Do not attack me with your hatred. I am talking about reality. You are talking about how you hate me. 🙂
        Call me names. I won’t get hurt.

        Read my comments and you get hurt. Why? BECAUSE TRUTH HURTS!

        • nobody

          you attack an entire minority with your hatred. your victim blaming game is pathetic. you hate trans women, and you are openly gay. the truth is not your narrow little fag opinion. correlation is not causation.

          • Guest

            Yeah right. Kill me with your out of this world words. No, that will not insecure me. FAGGOT. 🙂

          • Guest

            It only goes to show how uneducated you are. Using foul words just because you know that you are not making sense and your opponent is.
            Goodluck on that.
            How about we have a conversation without YOU using disgusting words. 🙂

          • nobody

            if you don’t want to be called a faggot, don’t behave like a jealous little faggot.

    • nobody

      you aren’t making things clear, you are being a cocky little bigot who thinks your old school oppression from the 90’s makes you entitled to be the oppressor towards the new oppressed group. you are pathetic. you spineless little coward.

    • Crystal Prince

      What’s really wrong here is that GENDER is not even the term to determine whether he has a penis or a vagina.

      Gender = masculine or feminine
      Sex = male of female

      Is Maki a woman or a man?

      By Sex, he is a man.

      By Gender, she is a woman. This is clearly stated when she said SHE LIVES, FEELS, THINKS like a woman.

      GENDER EQUALITY is not about arguing if there is a penis dangling down there, but is about being able to recognize who we are by thought, word or deed.

      And take note, that to use the term GAY for someone living the life of a woman, is just so wrong mga gagmayg utok!

  • Oj Atilano

    Just be considerate. You are in a country where conservative way of living is still being observed. FF people who accommodated you may failed to use the most non heartbreaking words to let you know the rules, but still use your common sense to understand the situation. writing this article is good, but letting the world know how bad and inhumane FF for you, is unfair. Did you consider what will be the reaction of other true Filipina seeing you inside the sauna or wash area with boobs and dick in between ur legs? I am not trying to insult you, I am gay also. But hey, wake up. Ayaw padala sa imong gibati, malumos nya ka. “No offense to other non-op trans woman. My opinion is only based on this article”.

  • chichi

    nasa kung paano iyon ipinaliwanag ng maayos ng management ng fitness first kay madam maki… pero sa totoo lang agree ako dun sa sinabi ng isang nag comment… hindi din natin masisisi ung dalawang babae kc sguro may sinusunod lang silang patakaran ng company na pinapasukan nila… hindi mo din sila masisisi kc iniisip din nila ung majority ng mga babaeng nagwowork out sa gym nila na pwedeng mailang at magtaka… business yan eh… kung mas madaming babae ang nag gygym kesa sa katulad natin, naturally, may mga mag rereact talaga at iyon ang iniiwasan ng ff… saka hello naman remember, nasa pilipinas yan.. bago naman kayo ng bago sa mentality ng mga kababayan natin ahahahhaha…. haayy naku kaya mas maganda pa kung sa bahay na lang mag wowork out eh… 🙂

  • Kathleen Karly

    I understand where you are coming from just cause I have Transgender friends. But the problem is not about the fitness center. It’s the people in that women’s locker room that has a problem. The gym just need to make salea and money. If they were Trans or gays or lesbians, they would not have asked for a certification or given in a tour. It’s all fir business and profit.

  • Elio Bevinetto

    Maki if you want to change the rules and feel strongly about this issue become a politician only then will your voice be heard for the thousands that need your help. People fear what they dont understand > its time to re-educate people let them know that there will be a law and penalty for discrimination . Make the people aware and responsable.

  • Adriana

    The first comment of the “gay” person saying Maki is a woman shouldn’t really happen. We are all parts of the “rainbow” and belong to the LGBT community. All of us struggle to get our rights. However, here we are, instead of supporting each other and uplifting each other, says comments and arguments that pulls down another person. It doesn’t matter if your arguments are valid, or not. We still have a lot to learn about transgenderism. I myself, am a transgender person. I don’t judge you for your comment towards Maki, but i also understand your point. As for me, I would really prefer it if i could use the female bathroom, as that is my preferred gender. However, as a respect also to other people’s rights. Especially, the women who are concerned about us, (transgender women), using the female’s locker room, considering we still have our male genitalia, I would have no problem using the male’s locker room. In reality, in the Philippines, I may not have Transgender rights, but i have my HUMAN RIGHTS. As for me using the male’s locker room, It should be stated on the vicinity, that pre-op transgender women are welcome to use the male’s locker room and they should also be treated with respect. Because if a man see’s a very beautiful transgender woman like Maki and being disrespected, then that’s another problem. Also, when they don’t want Maki to use the male’s locker room because she looks like a woman, and they say that they should use the women’s locker room (happened to me many times), then that is another problem. When i go to the malls, I always use the female bathroom and girls don’t even recognize because i look and sound very passable as a female. But i have experienced as well being refused to go to the women’s bathroom, that’s why i don’t use public bathrooms anymore. I think each of us should just have a level of understanding on how it could be fair for us and for other people. We aim for transgender rights, but it’s not only about us. It is also about you and other people, and of course about me. Sooner or later, transgenders will have their rights just as african american people in America did. We cannot change how you think and it’s hard to educate a person with a closed mind and an attitude of unwillingness to learn. I hope this will be a lesson for all of us, to just help and respect each other and give love and support.

    -adriana

  • renrengocotano

    Things will be not gone wrong if and only if gender or sex as well no longer be male and female only there should be also gay lesbian bisexual and transgender all facilities must indicate whether this is the right place for them documents that involves identity also be acknowledge so that people in the 3rd sex could avail services and can live peacefully according to the things that they are comfortable with