Despite a pledge taken by well over a half-million people, Target says it is standing by its policy on transgender bathroom usage, USA Today reported Monday. The company made the announcement last week, saying it welcomes “transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
That sparked a huge backlash and a pledge to boycott the company was put up by the American Family Association, or AFA. As of this writing, that pledge has received over 661,000 signatures.
“This is the best response we’ve ever had this quick,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon, who chalked the pledge’s success to the fact that “everybody knows who Target is, and it’s an easy-to-understand issue.” According to the AFA, Target’s policy “is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims.”
“Clearly, Target’s dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters,” the group added. “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.” But Target isn’t backing down.
“We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions,” said Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder. “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 said that hundreds of stores “have single-stall, family restrooms for those who may be more comfortable with that option.”
Writing at Breitbart.com, Warner Todd Huston said that Target has a “long history of pushing the radical gay agenda.” In August 2015, for example, the company announced that it was eliminating “gender specific” labels on store signs for kids’ clothing and toy sections. It also eliminated the colors blue and pink on displays.
The AFA’s concerns are not without merit. In 2013, a 33 year-old man reportedly dressed as a woman in order to videotape woman using the restroom at a Macy’s department store. In 2008, a man dressed as a woman was reportedly seen taking photographs of women in a Purdue University restroom.
“One solution is a common-sense approach and a reasonable solution to the issue of transgendered customers: a unisex bathroom,” Wildmon said. “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 bathroom option should be provided.”