Target Will Allow Customers to Use Bathroom That Fits Their Gender Identity
For many Americans, using the bathroom at Target just got a lot less stressful.
In response to the recent wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation that forces residents of states like North Carolina to use the bathroom that matches their sex at birth, instead of their gender identity, retailer Target announced in a statement that they support people using whatever bathroom suits their gender identity.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways," the statement reads. "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."
The statement cited inclusivity as a core company value several times:
"Inclusivity is a core belief at Target," it reads. "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."
Target also declared support for the federal Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.
Target doesn't just talk the talk when it comes to inclusivity.
Target also joins other corporations who have spoken out against North Carolina's HB2 and other legislation resembling the bathroom bill.
Reactions to the Target statement were mixed.
One person wrote simply, "Thank you, Target!"
But another wrote, "That means I won't be using your bathrooms or dressing rooms in the future. May have to rethink some other things too."