Almost one million people have signed a petition to boycott Target because of their new transgender policy allowing people to use the restroom of the gender they identify with.
The fallout and backlash is growing, but the retail chain is making now efforts to back down.
Target was one of the first to drop the colors associated with each gender in the toy sections for kids. They don’t have blue for boys and pink for girls.
The next big step was allowing anyone to use the restroom of choice. Here is the statement from Target’s website.
“We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. …Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”
Shortly after the above statement, a man who identifies as a man (you read that right) named Matthew Foerstel was caught and arrested for putting his phone under the dressing room divider and taking pictures of an 11-year-old girl changing into a bathing suit.
This man wasn’t even identifying as a woman but was able to use the dressing room right next to her and tried capturing her naked on his camera.
The man was arrested and this drawn even more attention to the petition.
Over 878,000 people have signed the petition that was launched at the end of last week. It was just over half a million on Sunday.
If the pace continues, the petition to boycott Target by the American Family Association is going to reach a million signatures sometime on Thursday. Maybe sooner.
Dozens of companies and entertainers have publicly stood against the conservative right’s stance on nor allowing men in women’s bathroom and women in men’s bathrooms.
An overwhelming amount of people voiced their opinion on the North Carolina bathroom law and wanted the law changed to include transgenders, but almost a million people are pushing back, and pushing back hard.
Target will get some people to support the store more because of their transgender bathroom policy, but if the petition continues to grow, Target is going to feel a hit.
With sales over $70 Billion and a over a million visitors to their website daily, it is going to take a lot to put a dent in Target’s sales. A million people might be enough.
It’s enough to get their attention, but it doesn’t look like they are going to change their ways yet.
Are you going to Boycott Target?