A boycott of Target continues following a meeting between company officials and representatives from the American Family Association, which initiated the boycott that has attracted more than a million individual supporters.
Target is inviting transgender employees and customers to use the bathroom and changing room for the gender they identify with. According to Target, the policy is all about inclusivity and making people feel welcome.
American Family Association is boycotting Target, saying the policy puts women and children at risk of sexual predators who may take advantage of the policy. After AFA shared these concerns with Target officials Wednesday, the retailer stood by its policy.
"Target was very polite and very professional and they heard out our concerns over their restroom and changing room policy ... but Target stood by their position – and therefore the boycott will continue," says Walker Wildmon of AFA.
The family advocacy group has collected 1.2-million petition signatures, and on Wednesday hand-delivered one-million of those signatures at Target headquarters in Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, Wildmon says Target did confirm plans to increase the number of "family" restrooms in its stores. News reports on Wednesday morning said as much.
"In this meeting, they announced to us that they were putting family restrooms in the rest of the 400 stores that do not have it," says Wildmon. "We simply told them that that is not the answer we're looking for, [that] we're looking for them to have men and women's separate restrooms and then a unisex option for anyone else who wants to use it."
While the two sides agreed to disagree, Wildmon says AFA was pleased to be able to deliver the petitions and that Target agreed to meet.
"This boycott is not about transgender individuals," he adds. "This boycott is about sexual predators and voyeurs who will use Target's restroom and changing room policy to gain access to their victims."
AFA says it remains committed to the boycott and is urging those who agree to also be committed "to not visiting Target stores."
"... We are confident that millions more will join the movement and voice their fears of Target's policy," AFA president Tim Wildmon says in a press release. "[And] corporate America will hear the voice of millions of families across America."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.