From The Winston-Salem Journal:

Last month Mark Maxwell and his partner, Timothy Young, tried to join the Central YMCA as a family.

The men have two adopted children and they are getting ready to adopt a third.

“My family is changing and I’ve got all these things to budget for,” Maxwell said.

But they were turned down.

Maxwell said he was told that the family rate doesn’t apply to same-sex couples. The rate is only for a husband and wife who are legally married according to state law or those who file joint tax returns.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is the only large metropolitan YMCA in the state that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to get family memberships.

But Curt Hazelbaker, its president and chief executive, said that the organization is due to review its membership categories, which it does every four or five years. The last time it performed such a review was in 2006.

“It really doesn’t come up that often,” he said about same-sex couples wanting to join as a family.

The article goes on to drill down some of the costs for families:

n 2006, the YMCA added a definition of “adult with dependents” to cover single parents and it expanded its age range for young adults to include people up to 25 years old, he said.

A husband and wife with dependents would pay $81 a month, according to the YMCA Web site.

If one man bought an adult-with-dependents membership and the other man bought an adult membership, their combined cost would be $111.

According ot the piece, the YWCA in Winston-Salem does not discriminate against LGBT families and defines “family” as any two adults, with or without children, living in the same household.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

2 replies on “Winston-Salem couple wants YMCA policy changes”

  1. Why? do the gay papers leave out the very important point that the men walked one block away and were HAPPILY WELCOMED to join the YWCA as a family!!! The Glade Street YWCA in Winston-Salem has welcomed people from all walks of life for DECADES! Winston-Salem is one of the most bigoted, conservative and Fundamentalist places I have ever lived. God How did I end up here? Would love to find some intelligent friends!

  2. The YMCA changed it’s policy.As of the end of July 2010, Now all can join. The YWCA has always been more progressive and inclusive.

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