Transgender Restrooms and Fitting Rooms? 162,000 Sign ‘Boycott Target Pledge’ in 1 Day

April 24, 2016 in News by D

By Melanie Hunter

A pro-family group has launched a boycott of Target after the retail store made it clear on Tuesday that its bathrooms and changing facilities can be used by anyone according to their gender identity.

The American Family Association said that more than 162,000 citizens signed its #BoycottTarget pledge within 24 hours.

“Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image,” AFA President Tim Wildmon said in a statement. “#BoycottTarget has resonated with Americans.

In a statement on its website, Target said Tuesday that transgender individuals are welcome to use any bathroom that fits the gender they identify with.

“We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination,” the retail chain said.

“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” it said.

Target’s announcement was in reaction to the North Carolina bathroom law, H.B. 2, which states that public bathrooms and changing facilities are to be used according to the biological sex of the individual.

As a result, Target said it decided to reiterate to its “team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests.”

Wildmon said his group does not believe that transgender individuals are a danger to the public at large, but objects to the policy on the basis that sexual predators can use it as “a possible gateway.”

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