YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties President and CEO Bob Ecklund is retiring. You can read the YMCA’s press release at this link.
The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties was thrust into the spotlight early on in the open-locker rooms debate in Washington State. After quietly adopting a new policy that opened YMCA locker rooms and showers to individuals based on their gender identity, without notice to members, they were forced to rescind their policy after public outrage and a decline in memberships. They reinstated much of the policy a short time later, even earning the praise of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Glad to see @ymcapkc stepping up & being model of inclusion for trans community. Inclusion & equality are WA values https://t.co/cGkfsASfCJ
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 17, 2015
In response to the Human Rights Commission’s bathroom rule, the Just Want Privacy Campaign has been launched by Washington citizens as a way to roll back this overstep. You can read more about how to volunteer or donate to the campaign here.