Target has stated its case – and now a prominent pro-family group has responded, calling for a boycott of the retail giant in response to a new policy the group feels endangers women and children.
Target says it will allow transgender people to use the bathroom or fitting room facility that "corresponds with their gender identity." In a statement posted on the company's website, Target says "inclusivity is a core belief at Target, and it's something we celebrate."
The statement comes amid a national debate over transgender use of bathrooms, following a North Carolina law requiring individuals use the bathroom for the gender given to them at birth. That law overturned a bathroom ordinance in Charlotte allowing people to use the bathroom of their gender identity.
Meanwhile, groups like the American Family Association say transgender policies for bathrooms and changing room facilities put women and children at risk of sexual predators.
"Today the American Family Association is announcing that, as an organization, we are boycotting Target – and we are encouraging all of our supporters to join us in boycotting Target," says AFA spokesman Walker Wildmon.
"Target is in bed with a lot of these LGBT lobbying groups – and this is just a political stunt, a publicity stunt to pander to less than a tenth of a percentage of the population. And they're going to soon find out that this isn't so popular amongst the general public."
At press time, almost 14,000 people had signed the group's online petition. [Editor's note: Approximately 24 hours after being launched, the petition had drawn more than 150,000 signers.]
"We're encouraging everyone to share it with their family and friends and get as many people to boycott Target as possible," says Wildmon.
AFA is offering the retailer a solution, says the group's spokesman. "We're asking Target that if they truly care about their customers – all of their customers, not just a small percentage of them – they will create a single-occupancy, unisex option that anyone could use and feel safe."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.