Earlier this week, Target announced that they were submitting to Obama by allowing transgender shoppers and employees use whichever bathroom they choose. However, this decision has now come back to bite them in a big way.
A petition calling for a boycott has gone viral, and it’s growing fast.
But as of press time the American Family Association’s “Boycott Target” petition is now at 380,180 signatures and climbing quickly. News reports from as recently as yesterday had the number of signatures at 180,000.
This doesn’t bode well for Target, which prides itself on its ability to appeal to middle-class shoppers, mothers and families.
Last week, Target announced they “welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” They claim this is not a change, that it has always been the Target policy.
But apparently, now may have been a bad time to “re-announce” it.
The American Family Association (AFA) points out that the problem isn’t with “transgenders” and they don’t think people who consider themselves “transgender” are any more likely to be sexual predators than anyone else. Their argument is that allowing anyone to wander into the bathroom of their choice opens the door to real sexual predators who will take advantage of the lax laws.
On their website, they list about a dozen cases across the country of people who either used the “gender neutral bathroom” rule as an excuse to enter a women’s restroom or were predators themselves.
In one famous case, a man in Seattle walked into a women’s locker room at a local pool and began undressing. When employees tried to kick him out, he said “The law has changed and I have a right to be here” referring to a local rule that opens up restrooms to anyone, regardless of sex.
The man left, then returned a second time when a group of young girls were changing for swim practice. No arrests were made – because he was breaking no law. And that’s the point.
Two years ago in Toronto, a convicted sexual predator claimed to be transgender so he could get access to the women’s restroom at a homeless shelter.
The petition reads, in part: “Clearly, Target’s dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters. We think many customers will agree. And we think the average Target customer is willing to pledge to boycott Target stores until it makes protecting women and children a priority.
“One solution is a common-sense approach and a reasonable solution to the issue of transgendered customers: a unisex bathroom. Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex option should be provided.”
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