Ever since Target announced last week that it would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, hundreds of thousands of people across the country have vowed to boycott the retailer, including many right here in Central Virginia.
As of today, more than 500,000 people have signed the American Family Association’s petition to stop shopping at Target, since a statement was released on its website welcoming transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room that fits their gender identity.
For many, the issue boils down to privacy and safety.
“If I was in the men’s room, OK, and this woman came in, you know, basically I’d be very uncomfortable,” Ralph Fico told 8News Reporter Candice Cole. “Now, she should be uncomfortable too because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Stephanie McVae added, “I think it’s a big safety concern because there are some not-so-nice people out in this world, and I believe everyone should use the bathroom that is intended for their gender.”
In a statement, the Family Foundation of Virginia says that Target could’ve offered unisex bathrooms, but instead chose the most radical policy, forcing customers into vulnerable situations.
Click here to view and/or sign the pledge.