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Gold’s Gym Franchises Splitting With Parent Company Over CEO’s Donation To American Crossroads

Gold’s Gym is facing a backlash from LGBT activists over its CEO’s $2 million donation to American Crossroads, the conservative political group affiliated with former Bush adviser Karl Rove, and its four franchises in the San Francisco Bay A…

Gold’s Gym is facing a backlash from LGBT activists over its CEO’s $2 million donation to American Crossroads, the conservative political group affiliated with former Bush adviser Karl Rove, and its four franchises in the San Francisco Bay Area are now leaving the brand over the controversy.

On Monday, Don Dickerson, the director of operations for Gold’s Gym Bay Area, distributed a message through its Facebook page saying that it will be leaving the Gold’s Gym brand:

We were as surprised by [CEO] Mr. [Robert] Rowling’s action as anyone but because our company believes in and lives up to the ideals of equality for all we are going to take the following actions:
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