In what may be the latest corporate capitulation to transgendered bathroom preferences, Target has issued a statement clarifying the bathroom policies in its stores.
“We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the company said in a statement. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”
The statement comes in direct response to state legislatures in some areas of the country passing laws which require individuals to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender written on their birth certificate. States like North Carolina, which passed HB2 and was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, have come under fire by corporations, activists, musicians, and actors who all say the measure promotes discrimination against the transgendered community.
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Feelings are strong on both sides of the issue. Supporters of the new laws are reminded occasions where grown transgendered men with male genitalia have attempted to use public bathrooms with little girls and women. Those fears are based on instances where men have entered women’s bathrooms taking video and pictures of women and girls, have raped women and girls, or have exposed themselves in the restrooms.
Protesters of the laws decry what they perceive as the states’ heavy-handed insensitivity to the feelings of the minute community of transgendered individuals, adding the measure can and does create unnecessary stress for transgenders simply attempting to use the restroom.
Reaction to Target’s decision to open its bathrooms to cross-dressers, transgenders, and anyone identifying with the opposite sex from their birth, may be swift and severe. Already, many are taking their concerns to social media.
Target is shameful! They are allowing perverts in restrooms. https://t.co/JKMa9ZJR8o
— Evangelist KL Rich (@EvangelisKLRich) April 20, 2016
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