A Seattle Korean Christian Spa Is Forced To Allow Males To Bathe Nude With Females

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A female-only nude spa in Washington State has been forced to give biological males access to its facilities following an unsuccessful legal battle against the Washington State Human Rights Commission. A Seattle court ruled that Olympus Spa, which has locations in Lynnwood and Tacoma, could not constitutionally prevent biological males from bathing naked with women. 

The WSHRC had previously found that the business discriminated against a trans-identified male, and ordered the owners to change their policy to accept those who simply call themselves female. The man, Haven Wilvich, first submitted his complaint in 2020 after being refused entry on the grounds that his male genitalia were still present. 

The family tea room at the Olympus Spa in Lynnwood, WA. Photo Credit: Olympus Spa.


According to Reduxx, in May 2020 Wilvich alleged that he had been discriminated against based on his gender identity after trying to purchase a membership at Olympus Spa four months earlier and being denied because he had not had “gender reassignment” surgery.

Wilvich alleged that he had been informed by the spa that “transgender women without surgery are not welcome because it could make other customers and staff uncomfortable,” however nobody who worked there was able to recall talking with him, nor were there any records verifying that he had applied.

Spa owner Myoon Woon Lee and president Sun Lee, cited the Korean tradition of jjimjilbang (sex-segregated bathhouses) and their Christian faith when justifying the policy, and refused to back down when informed by the WSRHC less than a year later that they had discriminated against Wilvich.

“We firmly believe it is essential for the safety, legal protection, and well-being of our customers and employees that we maintain adherence to this adaptation of a females-only rule,” Sun Lee wrote in a statement. “We are unwilling to remake the ‘jjimjilbang’ haven we have worked so hard over many years to build and preserve, simply for the sake of promoting gender neutrality.”

Nonetheless, the WSHRC ruled that discrimination had taken place, and ordered the spa to take out the phrase “biological women” from its website and force staff to undergo “inclusivity” training.

The spa sued the WSHRC in 2022, but on Monday, the suit was dismissed, giving the Lees 30 days to refile.

As Reduxx reports, Wilvich identifies as a non-binary trans-woman, and originally referred to himself as “tall, bearded, [and] transfemme.”










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