Thousands boycotting Target over bathroom policy

American Family Association Launches #BoycottTarget Initiative After Company Publicizes Bathroom Policy

A conservative Christian group has more than half a million signatures from people saying they plan to boycott Target stores over its bathroom policy.

The petition claims that Target's policy 'means a man can simply say he "feels like a woman today" and enter the women's restroom. even if young girls or women are already in there'.

The boycott has more than 618,000 signatures as of Monday evening.

The brand has also said it supports the federal Equality Act, protecting LGBT+ against discrimination.

A statement released by Target on April 19 called "inclusivity" a core value belief of Target that should be celebrated.

Stephanie McVae added, "I think it's a big safety concern because there are some not-so-nice people out in this world, and I believe everyone should use the bathroom that is intended for their gender". "Clearly, Target's risky new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters". "And you'll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target". Just this week, the retailer happily announced that transgender customers would be welcome to use the bathroom that best matches their gender identity - a reinforcement of guidelines that had been in place for years.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder wrote in an email that there are "single-stall/family restrooms in hundreds of our stores for guests that may be more comfortable with that option".

A North Carolina law that prevents transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity has led to everything from billion-dollar companies withdrawing investments from the state to Bruce Springsteen canceling a show in Greensboro in protest of the law.

"Think there was a lot of internet backlash from people who said they weren't going to go to Target anymore, but I don't think any of those people will follow through", said Kevan Baxley.

Refitting the restroom facilities in each of Target's 1793 stores would likely impose an enormous financial burden on the popular chain, but Wildmon did appear to have considered the cost of such a project.

"We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members", the statement continued.

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