Target’s bathroom policy sparks debate in America
A couple of days ago, Target became the first national retailer to speak up in the transgender bathroom debate. The corporation said that it stands for equality and equity and will do whatever it can to make guests and team members alike feel accepted and welcome.
In a statement issued on its website, Target posted that it believes “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.”
Because Target is the first retailer to publicly support LGBT rights regarding bathroom use, it is facing a boycott. The American Family Association is asking for a boycott of Target over the restroom policy via petition.
The Association states that the policy “endangers women and children by allowing men to frequent women’s facilities.” More than 550,000 people have signed the petition, with support flowing in at an alarming rate.
This highlights the topic of LGBT rights in America. Although times are changing and people of the LGBT community are beginning to receive the rights they deserve, this change is too slow. We, as the generation of tomorrow, should be actively supporting the LGBT community in their pursual of equality. When something so petty as bathroom use can spark such a huge debate, think about what bigger topics such as politics or education could do.
According to an article by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, “approximately 1 in 8 lesbian women and nearly half of bisexual women experience rape in their lifetime…[and a] staggering 64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.” These numbers are too high for us to stay quiet.
Target’s bathroom/dressing room policy promotes equality and safety for all human beings, which is something we, and American Family Association, should learn from.
Everyone deserves to be treated equally, regardless of their race, gender, color or sexual orientation. Access to the restroom should also be considered a basic human right, and we don’t have the authority to take that away.
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