Confirmed victory
Petitioning Executive Director YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus

Grant family memberships to gay and lesbian headed families

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Supporters

My attempt with this email is to reach David Steel - Columbus, GA YMCA.

I contacted you by phone in the early 2000's after being informed that my partner and I would not qualify for a family membership rate because the wording of your policy specifically limits the membership to a married man and woman. At that time YMCA in various locations across the country were reviewing this policy and making changes to be more inclusive of the communities they serve. I felt that it could only be a matter of time before Columbus, GA also adopted those changes.

I attended a health fair that my company hosted and spoke with the young girl running the booth to recruit for the Y. I explained to her that my family couldn't qualify for the family rate. She seemed stunned to hear this. She asked if I was married to my partner (I am..we have a marriage certificate from the state of Vermont). She seemed to think that should be fine...the Y she used to work at had gay families. I told her the wording excludes same sex marriages. I encouraged her to check for herself and let me know if she found different. Later when I passed the booth she informed me that she'd made a call. Nothing in Columbus has changed it would seem.

I've tried over the years not to think about this discrimination, but it is hard to ignore at times. When I give my money to the United Way to fund a community program that openly discriminates against a portion of the community it serves....when I take our children to swimming lessons at our local Y and imagine the day I have to explain to them that the Greater Columbus YMCA has decided that we aren't a family... when I have to disillusion your own employees to the archaic policies of an organization that they so clearly hold in the highest regard....these are times I find it difficult to manage my frustration over this issue. YMCA's all over the country are stepping up to do what is fair and what is right...when will Columbus?

Letter to
Executive Director YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus
Grant family memberships to gay and lesbian headed families