Dori: swimmer, 80, banned from pool after argument with biological man in women’s shower

After more than 35 years of swimming at Mountain View Pool in Port Townsend, Julie Jaman, 80, says she is ‘distressed’ after being banned from the facility for calling a biological man who she says was watching young half-naked girls in the women’s locker. bedroom.

Jaman told listeners on Friday’s Dori Monson show that the incident began on July 26 after she “heard a man’s voice” while she was naked and showering in the women’s locker room of the hotel. facility, which is operated by the Olympic Peninsula YMCA and the City of Port Townsend. .

“I saw a man in a women’s bathing suit watching maybe four or five little girls take off their bathing suits to go to the bathroom,” Jaman recalls. “I asked if he had a penis and he said it was none of my business. I told that man to ‘get out right now.’”

After alerting a pool staff member to the situation, Jaman said she was “stunned” when the staff member told her she was “discriminatory”, “being banned from the pool forever” and they called the police.

“She didn’t ask me what the problem was, if I was okay, nothing about me,” Jaman said. “It’s as if she was just waiting to jump on me. It was simply breathtaking.

After getting out of the shower and getting dressed, Jaman continued, another pool staff member confronted her in the lobby. “She told me that I was being discriminated against and that I didn’t follow the principles and values ​​of the YMCA. I told him that I respect all human beings and follow no ideology.

Prior to that, Jaman said, she had received no further warnings from pool staff and “has a great relationship with the pool swimmers.”

Jaman told Dori that she then spoke with Olympic Peninsula YMCA CEO Wendy Bart.

“I told her there were no signs to warn women,” Jaman said. “She said there were pride posters posted everywhere and she assumed that was enough to let the women know what to expect.” According to Jaman, Bart also said “we are proud and everyone is welcome”.

“I’m fine with that, except they don’t offer an alternative for women who choose not to undress in front of men,” Jaman continued. “Our pool is a very old pool. We just have two shower rooms, changing rooms, one for men, one for women.

Plans for a gender-neutral or family-friendly changing room did not happen, she added.

Since the incident in late July, the dispute has spilled over to local blogs and at least one heated city council meeting, Jaman said. She told Dori listeners that she was hurt by city leaders calling her a “bigot” and that she was “very distressed” to be banned from her regular exercise. The issue gained increased attention after Jaman spent two days picketing and collecting petition signatures, seeking to improve pool facilities.

His goal now: to move the YMCA and the city to provide a swimming pool changing room “for women and children who do not want to mix everything for their dignity and well-being”.

Listen to Dori Monson weekday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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