Target has officially weighed in on controversial bathroom laws, and they're taking a very accepting stance...
Across the whole of the United States, there have been various debates, laws, and water-cooler discussions about transgendered individuals and what bathrooms they should legally be allowed to use. Target has hit back at the controversial new laws by stating that all customers and employees can use whichever bathroom or changing room they feel fits their gender. The company says that it celebrates “inclusivity,” and “strive[s] to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected, and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.”
Although the retailer is the first large company to offer this opportunity to its customers, it hasn't been met with only positives. The American Family Association (AFA) have declared a boycott on the chain; they believe that anyone if they just "feel" like a woman can use the women's changing rooms, and that it is putting women and girls at risk.
The AFA believe that their stance was the right one and pledged to boycott and encouraged others to do so, as well. So far, the campaign hasn't reached dizzying heights, but it appears to be making waves on the conservative side of things.
Although the exact number of transgender persons in the United States is unknown, it is believed that the number is close to 0.3% of the American population.
Target have always shown their support for the LGBT community, such as recently not "gendering" the children's section as well as the companies involvement in the It Gets Better campaigns. Their decisions have been met with respect from some, though this isn't the first time that they have attracted the ill wishes of organizations like AFA.
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