The franchise group is now called Fitness SF. At the time, Gold's Gym Bay Area Director of Operations Don Dickerson released a response to the news on the company's Facebook pagecondemning the move and vowing to sever ties when the group's contract expired:. We were as surprised by [CEO] Mr.
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There's also a 24 Hour Fitness on Market St. They always give free passes out, but you have to show you're a local resident. It'd be a good idea to call and find out the details.
Several leading gay blogs and newspapers are pushing a petition to demand answers from Gold's Gym about large donations by its owner to American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-linked outfit that is spending millions to elect GOP candidates who are decidedly unfriendly to gay rights. The new effort, in the form of an online petition that has gained about 2, signatures, is reminiscent of a successful push against Target Corp. The situation with Gold's, which, the petition notes, "markets and caters to LGBT customers," is somewhat different. Unfortunately, the candidates that Rowling's money is being used to elect are some of the most vehemently anti-gay politicians in the country.
American Crossroads, is known for its support of politicians and causes in opposition to rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. New signs started to go up the next day. Staff spent the next week answering questions for customers.
Pumping money, for sure, but one doesn't normally associate Karl Rove with pumping iron. That was before the owner of Gold's Gym International Inc. That the operation is financing candidates avowedly opposed to all manner of gay rights issues - adoption, marriage, job discrimination, serving in the military - has proved too much for the chain's Bay Area franchise.
A lot of guys also sported cropped hair and mustaches. Happiness could indeed by found at the Y. The Muscle Boy- 18 to something-year-old men who do not strongly identify with other gym subcultures.
Some of you may recall that inGold's Gym members the vast majority of whom, in SF at least, are homosexual were shocked to learn that the CEO of the gym's parent company had made donations to the conservative group American Crossroadswhich was founded by Karl Rove. At the time, the local franchisee, which runs the two San Francisco Gold's Gyms as well as the branches in Oakland and San Rafael, pledged to cut ties with the brand as soon as its current contract expired, which would be September 15, And that time has come. Following the outcry from Gold's largely gay clientele, the gym's director of operations Don Dickerson said that "For every dollar we pay Gold's Gym in franchise fees we will donate an equal or greater amount to LGBT charities," and further pledged to form a new brand, now named Fitness SF, which would take effect as soon as the Gold's contract ran out.
The most pressing problems faced by most gyms might be making sure members don't hog the elliptical machine and reminding them to wipe down the treadmill. We do not support it in any way. In a statement, Gold's Gym International said owners Sebastyen and Zslot Jackovic informed the chain of their intent to sell two of the gyms in March, the franchise termination process started "many months ago" and was "due to completely unrelated matters.
Suddenly, there are significantly fewer Gold's Gyms in the Bay Area. But you won't hear any complaints from one their chief patrons, the local LGBT community. The divorce was finalized last week, when the contract with Gold's Gym International expired after 22 years, and the four locations - two in San Francisco, one each in Oakland and Corte Madera - changed their name to Fitness SF.