Thousands sign petition against Target’s transgender bathroom policy

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Target’s new bathroom and dressing room policy has received backlash from more than 550,000 people who have signed a pledge to boycott the company. And the number is steadily growing.

A conservative Christian group called The American Family Association organized the petition (one of their most popular campaigns yet) as a response to Target’s pledge that was published last week stating, “we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

Target’s statement was a  response to the recent legislation on transgender issues and push towards large corporations and businesses to  take a stance on LGBT rights.

The American Family Association says Target allowing transgender people to use bathrooms that don’t coincide with their birth gender opens the door for sexual predators.

The American Family Association raises concerns that Target’s new inclusive policy for transgender rights encourages sexual predators and puts women and young girls in danger, because “a man can simply say he ‘feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restroom.”

The American Family Association says that in addition to separate gender specific restrooms, Target should have a single occupancy unisex bathroom “for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone.”

Target is standing by their decisions and responded to the petition with a quote from Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder, saying:

“We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions. As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team an inclusive place to work — and our guests an inclusive place to shop — we continue to believe that this is the right thing for Target.”

Snyder also added in an email that Target offers, “single-stall/family restrooms in hundreds of our stores for guests that may be more comfortable with that option.”