target glbtq 160429 I think Walmart figured out a while ago that being on the wrong side of the GLBTQ Rights struggle is bad for business. A tiny number of homophobic bigots who still believe that Walmart is their place to shop, however, haven't, and they stirred the pot again because their particular mythical structure is threatened by people who prefer reality. This particular tempest gathered when Target announced that
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.
Then the usual crowd of haters gathered to make America great again.
Target has become the central battleground of a vitriolic national debate over transgender rights in the US. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a pledge to boycott the retailer after it announced last week that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity. The backers of the pledge---including Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick---claim that the policy poses a "danger to wives and daughters" and is "exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims."
Really Governor? You think that was how former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert worked? So, where does Walmart come in? Well, the American Family Association, no stranger to Walmart, launched a buycott. No, not this buycott, this buycott. Here's the bigots' problem. While they may have nearly a million signatures on their Internet petition, the State of North Carolina is losing millions of dollars as a result of the recently passed bathroom bill. Target, and Walmart, are on the right side of this issue and THE homophobes can just go pound sand.

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