Is gym policy just the tip of the anti-gay iceberg at Baylor hospital in Dallas?

Steven Johnson was denied a family membership for his partner of 23 years
Steven Johnson was denied a family membership for his partner of 23 years

I finally got ahold of Jennifer Coleman, the Baylor Health Care System’s senior vice president for consumer affairs, to talk about the Tom Landry Fitness Center’s policy barring gays and lesbians from signing up their domestic partners as family members.

As I reported in today’s Voice, the Health Care System-owned Fitness Center refused to allow a gay couple of 23 years to sign up for a family membership earlier this week. This is a possible violation of the city of Dallas’ nondiscrimination ordinance, and the couple is calling on the LGBT community to boycott the 7,000-member gym. (Most members are among the system’s 15,000 employees.)

Coleman said she just learned about the situation this morning.

“Were going to look and see about that policy, what it says, and then I’m not sure what we’re going to do next,” Coleman said. “I can’t commit to changing it, because that’s not a decision for me to make, but something for us to look into. It’s unfortunate that this thing came up this way, but I can commit [that] we’ll sure look into it.”

—  John Wright

Senior VP at Baylor responds to gay couple being denied family gym membership

Jennifer Coleman
Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer Coleman, Baylor Health Care System’s senior vice president for consumer affairs, has commented on the below post about the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center’s refusal to allow gay couples to sign up for family memberships. For my full story on the situation, go here.

I’ve tried calling Coleman in response to her comments, but her assistant tells me she’s at a two-day conference and unavailable. Well, apparently not too unavailable to comment on this blog, but anyhow, it sounds like Coleman is working to address the problem. After the jump, find out what she’s said.

—  John Wright