The popular gym chain Crunch Fitness recently warned its members to stop having sex in the men’s locker room, urging them to instead choose “*literally* anywhere else.”
The controversy was sparked after Twitter user @rossifer, also known as OnlyFans model “Rated R Ross,” shared a picture of a sign in his gym with the caption: “Tell me you work at a gay gym without telling me you work at a gym.”
The sign, which features the official Crunch Signature logo, says: “ATTENTION MEMBERS: Please DO NOT HAVE SEX in the Men’s Locker Room! You can have sex *literally* anywhere else, just not at Crunch Fitness. Otherwise, your membership will be immediately revoked. Please keep this a safe space for all Crunchers.”
While the tweet didn’t directly mention which Crunch Fitness location the sign was posted at, online commenters soon identified the gym as the Crunch Fitness on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, shining a spotlight on what appears to be a longstanding issue at the location and sparking online debates among gay men over sex in public places.
The photo received hundreds of retweets and sparked several replies from people angered over inappropriate gym behavior, which has allegedly plagued other gyms that have a significant amount of gay clientele.
Ross’s tweet was subsequently reported on by The Sword, an online publication that focuses on adult entertainment, on several LGBTQ-themed Reddit threads, and by the LGBTQ news site Queerty, sparking even more debates over sexual behavior in public places.
Several online users noted that Crunch Fitness in Chelsea has similar “DO NOT HAVE SEX” signs in place, while others expressed skepticism that the problem of people having sex in public locker is as widespread as some might claim.
Still other users poked fun at the sign’s potential unintended consequences, joking about “f***ing on the elliptical” or in other spots besides the men’s locker room.
Others wondered if Crunch, by highlighting the alleged behavior, was inadvertently marketing their gyms as “cruisy” to gay gym-goers — which could potentially exacerbate the problem rather than resolving it.
One Reddit user jokingly noted, “So this is the only way to stop credit card payments on your gym membership when you told them to stop.”
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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed a bill, passed by Republicans along party-line votes, seeking to bar transgender students from accessing gender-affirming facilities like restrooms and locker rooms.
Because both chambers of Arizona Legislature are closely divided between the two parties, a veto override is highly unlikely, meaning the measure will not become law.
Hobbs called the legislation “yet another discriminatory act against LGBTQ+ youth passed by the majority at the state Legislature.”
Hobbs previously vetoed a bill that would have barred teachers and school employees from referring to students using pronouns that don’t match their assigned sex at birth, except with parental permission. But those same school employees would also be allowed to ignore parental requests concerning pronouns if they have moral or religious objections to how the parent is raising their child.
The conservative backlash against Bud Light and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch, shows no signs of stopping after the beer giant became the target of a boycott designed to punish the company for entering into a social media advertising partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
Now, conservatives are attacking four bands taking part in the Bud Light Backyard Tour — in which the musical acts each play a free concert in four different cities throughout August — for merely being associated with the “Bud Light” brand.
As part of the tour, the pop band OneRepublic will play in Nashville on August 10. Country music group Midland will play in Oklahoma City on August 15. The American rock band Dashboard Confessional will perform in St. Louis on August 17. And English rock band Bush will perform in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 29.
A transgender seventh-grade student and an LGBTQ high school student organization have filed a lawsuit against Idaho state and local officials, claiming that the Gem State’s newly adopted school facilities law is unconstitutional and discriminatory against transgender individuals.
The state’s school facilities law, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little in March and took effect beginning on July 1, requires all public and charter schools serving students in grades K-12 prohibit transgender students from accessing multi-user restrooms and other facilities that do not match their assigned sex at birth.
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