A number of Target stores faced protests over the weekend from parents concerned about child sexual predators harming their children following the retail giant’s announcement last month that its policy allows customers who are men according to their birth sex to go into women’s bathrooms and dressing rooms.
One such protest took place outside a Target store in Jackson, Mississippi, 16 WAPT News reported, with protesters explaining their concerns: “A man could put on a dress and say, ‘I identify as a transgender,’ and they can go in there,” said Keith Daltol.
Parent Johnny Brekeen added, “I’m not saying that a transgender would harm a child. What I’m saying is if men are allowed to go into the restroom, children are going to be harmed.”
Over 1.2 million people have signed an American Family Association petition pledging to boycott Target over its bathroom policy, while observers such as the Family Policy Institute of Washington have reported on plunging stock prices that the company is facing in the wake of the controversy.
Target has explained that it wants its stores to feel more inclusive to both employees and customers.
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