In a statement on its in-house blog, Target explained that it was spurred to start a conversation with its employees by laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi that would force folks to use the bathroom of their birth gender — even if that person had transitioned to another sex. Other states, including Minnesota, have seen social conservatives push the same or similar legislation.
This led to many swift condemnations from social conservatives online, with nearly all of them declaring they'd never, ever shop at a Target again. Others tried to argue with the store's decision, and some posed worst-case scenarios of what this new policy would inevitably lead to.
Here's a tiny sampling of what that looks like.
Shopping @Target no more I won't feel comfortable w/ my son using the bathroom with someone who has dick with a dress on— Jaeden 5/19/14 (@BabyGirlSTAN) April 20, 2016
Screw homo-humping Target. Never shopping at that perverted crap store again after they let men use women’s restrooms. Sick mothermuckers.— JIm Black (@Rebel4Texas) April 20, 2016
This last one gets bonus points for a threat of violence.
Looks like Target's going to lose some loyal customers who boycott in protest. Other loyal shoppers will be lost through attrition, as they are quickly exposed as sex perverts who are caught snooping in the women's room, and subsequently thrown in prison.
@Target Be warned I find 1 of your transgender shoppers in the women's room w/my daughter or better half they're in ICU along w your manager— Jamie (@JamieTGriffin) April 20, 2016
Still others will not be able to shop at Target after they are beaten nearly to death by concerned husbands and fathers. (Note to Target: Self-defense class subsidy for managers?)
So, this is a controversial new policy. There's just this one thing. It's not new. Read through Target's statement (posted below) and you won't see the words "change," "reconsider," "adjust," or "start."
The word you will see is "reiterated." People who automatically connect gender fluidity and sex reassignment to child molestation and rape might not have the greatest vocabulary. Allow us to help: Reiterate is just a fancy way of saying "say again."
Target isn't changing anything. This policy was in place on Saturday, when anti-transgender bigots were shopping there and using the bathroom facilities without incident. Only, they had no way of knowing they were shopping or urinating in the very same building as one of ... those people.
It's sort of like how you can be moving about freely, undisturbed, online, and not realize you're in the same space as a bunch of bigots — until suddenly they all start tweeting in unison, and you realize they've been there the whole time!
One of those scenarios is truly offensive. It's not the one that happens at Target.
Here's the Minneapolis mega-chain's full statement, announcing a revolutionary policy that it's had for a while now. Run for your lives. Or whatever.
April 19, 2016
Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests.
Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.
We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.
In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.
We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members. Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position.
Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.