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Target introduces controversial bathroom policy

Rachel Haider, Journalist

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On April 20th, Target released their policy on bathroom use. They stated that they allow customers and employees to choose the bathroom that matches the gender that they identify with.

Transgender rights supporters were very happy to hear about the policy but knew it would bring controversy. It is a big debate in companies, schools, and many other places across the nation. Many people who are against this policy are somewhat concerned about the safety of themselves, but mainly have concern over the safety of children. The American Family Association has started an online petition to boycott this policy and also Target, and more than 900,000 people have signed it.

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This isn’t a new policy, we have always allowed people to use whatever bathroom they wanted to use”

— Target employee

“This isn’t a new policy, we have always allowed people to use whatever bathroom they wanted to use,” said Target employee, Joyce Haider.  Joyce went on to say, “Many people believe that Target is taking the gender signs off the bathrooms completely, which is not true.”

Based on research, it seems that many people who are against the policy are pretty uneducated about the whole situation, and if they boycott Target for their support for transgender individuals, they will also have to boycott many other things. 407 major companies in America support transgender rights, and so for the people boycotting Target to stay consistent, they will also have to boycott McDonald’s, Twitter, Google, Apple, CVS, among others.

One of the biggest fears voiced by some about Target’s not new policy has to do with safety, mostly safety of children.  The idea that has been put out there is that those who are transgender are more likely to molest children in public restrooms.  In reality, there have been zero reported cases of this actually happening.  Surprisingly though, there have been many reported cases of non-transgender men molesting other men and children in the the men’s bathroom.  The reported cases of women molesting other women or children in  women’s bathrooms is also quite astounding.  A person has a way higher probability of getting hurt by a man in a men’s bathroom, than a transgender in a bathroom in which he or she feels more comfortable to be in. Clearly, transgender individuals don’t use the bathroom to spy on others or cause harm, they simply need to pee like everyone else.

 

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