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YMCA Denies Same-Sex Couple Park Pass Because They’re Not A “Traditional Family”

Melody Mohn and Hela Young, courtesy Gay Star News

Melody Mohn and Hela Young, courtesy Gay Star News


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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Jul 11, 2014
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  • 10 Comments
    • Teeth
      Teeth

      Before the righteous indignation train plows through… I just want to point out that Y’s are local. MY YMCA is very welcoming of gay family. In fact, they side-stepped the whole issue by defining family membership as “up to two adults and up to three kids at the same residency”. We’ve been family members for 10 years. There is a stated no-tolerance for racial , sexist, ageist or homophobic comments.

      Jul 11, 2014 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NateB79
      NateB79

      @Teeth: Absolutely. My YMCA is the same. My partner and I were able to get a family pass with absolutely no problem. They even allowed us to add my disabled mother that lives with us to our family membership.

      Jul 11, 2014 at 11:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      I can see why an organization issuing family passes (the Y, in this case) would have a limit to the number of people that could be included, but why would the *city* define a family as having no more than three children?

      Jul 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • niles
      niles

      This does not make any sense. If she has three children, why had he not applied for family rates before?

      Jul 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @niles: Because they don’t count a single mom plus kids as a family either.

      Jul 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Frank
      Frank

      YMCA = Young Men’s Christian Association.
      YWCA = Young Women’s Christian Association.

      Maybe they are dropping the kids off at the wrong pool? I kid, I kid… but still.

      And the fact the YMCA was so quick to pull a local outdated law on them to turn them down, a law which shouldn’t matter and shouldn’t overrule a nationwide YMCA policy of non discrimination, shows in fact they WERE discriminated against. It sounds to me like the YMCA needs to fire somebody when it finally comes out this person never failed to issue a family pass to anyone with MORE than 3 kids.

      Jul 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CCTR
      CCTR

      It would be interesting to know if any single parent families and/or families with more than three kids ever got the pass and why the woman had never tried to challenge the idea that she and her three kids were indeed a family when there was no partner.
      Nonetheless, good that this outdated policy is being challenged and brought to light.

      Jul 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Texasteacher
      Texasteacher

      Am I the only one thinking that if I were the guy at the front desk approving “family passes,” I would accept any group of people who say that they’re related as long as they live at the same address? If they all receive mail at one household, they are living more or less as a family, travel as a family and engage in recreation as a family… whether it’s your disabled aunt, your wife and your exchange student daughter… who needs detailed explanations? I think the YMCA should rename the “family pass” the “household pass” in order to let them give the intended discount without stepping into a battlefield.

      Jul 12, 2014 at 9:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Texasteacher
      Texasteacher

      Sorry to keep talking, but doesn’t this all fit under the same category as the article about the fundamentalist Christians unhappy about not being able to talk negatively about gays at work and all those stories about the cake decorators not wanting to make a wedding cake for same-sex couples? Basically everyone disapproving of us wants to be an amateur minister! I don’t need the guy behind the counter at YMCA counselling me on who I can have a conjugal relationship with any more than I want my minister spotting me at the gym while I do incline press. I don’t need a sermon from the cake decorator about who I can marry anymore than I want my priest decorating my cake. I don’t need a lecture about homosexuality and the Bible from the P.E. teacher in the teachers’ lounge anymore than the kids want their rabbi leading basketball layup drills.

      Jul 12, 2014 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cformusic
      cformusic

      this type of thing still happens?

      Jul 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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