Pensacola, Florida
Sunday August 19th 2018



The local YMCA’s opposition to family memberships for same-gender couples has created a tiff between the organization and gay rights groups.

Doug Landreth, Gay Grassroots president of Northwest Florida, says it was brought to his attention recently after a member was rudely told by YMCA staff at the Downtown Branch that they could not enroll in a family membership with their life partner.

“They were not only told ‘no,’ but rather forcefully ‘no,’” he says.

According to YMCA national spokesperson Katie Devine, the organization “operates independently and therefore has individual policies.”

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