Tell the Executive Director at the Beverly, Massachussetts YMCA to STOP Discriminating Against Transgender People
  • Petitioned Judith Cronin

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director - YMCA Beverly, Massachusetts
Judith Cronin
Chief Executive Officer
Jack Meany
Chief Operations Officer
Chris Lovasco
Chief Development Officer
Beth Francis
Staff Development Director
Darlene Moulton

Tell the Executive Director at the Beverly, Massachussetts YMCA to STOP Discriminating Against Transgender People

    1. Victoria Jansen
    2. Petition by

      Victoria Jansen

      Athens, AL

On Tuesday April 24th Morgan Murphy was called to the office of the executive director, Judith Cronin who told her that she was banned from taking her daughter to the kids locker room for her swimming lessons! Though she is legally listed as FEMALE on her Massachusetts state issued license, Morgan was told that "your gender ambiguity has raised concerns with other parents" AND even more offensive, that "you may be looking at the kids with MALE eyes and not the safe space of FEMALE eyes" and that she was "confusing for 10-13 year olds"!

The year is 2012, when people have the right NOT to be discriminated against or have their civil rights violated. "Civil rights include the protection from discrimination on grounds such as physical or mental disability, gender, religion, race, national origin, age, status as a member of the uniformed services, sexual orientation, or GENDER IDENTITY;" By telling Morgan she could no longer use the locker room because of her "gender ambiguity" the YMCA has, in fact, violated her civil rights.

It is imperative that the Beverly, Massachusetts YMCA issues a public apology to Ms. Murphy on behalf of that organization and Ms. Cronin personally. The organization would also benefit from training and education regarding the GLBTQQI community. The YMCA has oftentimes proven through the years to be the center of communities, and in 2012 no person should be excluded from membership for the invalid and salacious manner in which the YMCA has approached Ms. Murphy. The organization could certainly exclude felons, child  molesters, drug dealers and the like, but someone whose gender you don’t understand should not be lumped in with these types of people.

The YMCA website claims: "The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs." - the policies of the Beverly Y contradict this statement.

Remember that misconception and miseducation breed ignorance and hatred and by not engaging Ms. Murphy in discussion regarding her gender identity and trying to learn from her, the YMCA is perpetuating this hatred. Let's work on making this community center a place of love and the community it is intended to be!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Over 1100 signatures!

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! Just since this morning we've gotten over 300 signatures!! Keep it going guys!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Picking back up

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      I knew we could get the momentum going again!!! Share this with local GLBT organizations and Facebook pages too!

    4. YMCA Board Meeting Says we're losing momentum!

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      On May 7th the YMCA in Beverly had a board meeting, at which this situation was discussed. They stated that they feel it is losing momentum, and that they intend eventually to put in a family locker room which would be where they would require transgender parents to assist their children. We are awaiting action from GLAD and MCAD after a letter Morgan received from them regarding the issue (still awaiting info on that letter and will share soon if able). The Y said they have been in touch with Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Please don't lose momentum guys!! Keep signing and sharing this with everyone you can! We cannot allow them to wait for this to die out and be forgotten so they can sweep it under the rug and pretend it never happened!!

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Progress

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      The Y requested several meetings with Morgan who told them that unless there was an apology and change of policy she would not meet with them. After this they did not contact her again, so obviously they have no intention of doing either. Morgan has also contacted GLAD, and filed a claim with Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Both are reviewing her case. Thank you for your continued support! Keep getting those signatures and sharing this petition!

    7. More than 600 Signatures!

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      Keep signing and sharing! Morgan is still fight thanks for standing with her!

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Promoting the cause

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      Hey guys we've surpassed 160 followers in the first 24 hours! Amazing. Don't forget to click Like at the top left of the petition so people can see the petition on your page and you can pass the torch to new supporters. If you have a twitter or a blog share it there - there are links at the top for twitter and to embed a widget on your blog if you have one!

    10. We passed 100 signatures!

      Victoria Jansen
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much guys for motivating and actively sharing this to help Morgan and others like her to receive fair treatment from facilities like the YMCA. Keep sharing and posting this so we can get even more people on board.

    11. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cyryna Pasion HONOLULU, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a Transgender myself.

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    • Rebecca Gilblair SKOWHEGAN, ME
      • about 2 years ago

      Because there's too much ignorance in the world and people need to chill out a little.

      Live and let live. If they don't like a woman in the women's changing area then go to the men's room.

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    • Valerie Yanford SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm signing because a small group of dedicated citizens is the only thing that has ever changed the world.

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    • Sonia Gandham MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I work in a community centre in Canada. This is ridiculous. Though the community centre I work at has a family change room, where parents and children have separate stalls to change in. This is a classic example of ignorance.

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    • soizic du vignoul TRURO, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Judith Cronnin should not be expressing her misguided, bigotted and COMPLETELY WRONG AND STUPID oppinion…..She should not be working there….sack her isay…..reading this made me feel so angry

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