Target announced a change in policy that allows men access to the women’s restrooms and changing rooms in their stores.
In a statement, the company said: “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
The store’s Facebook page lit up with people condemning the policy, like this post from Laura Prater.
“…in your desire to be inclusive, you have failed to be inclusive to women and children. If anything, change all your bathrooms and changing rooms to single stall. You need to seriously consider this decision. You are not above the laws to protect ALL your guests, not just the LGBT community.”
Texas Values, one of Family Policy Alliance’s nearly 40 state-based groups, is asking Texans to express their opinion.
“Legitimate concerns about these policies are to be expected,” they wrote, “and are based on growing instances where men have entered women’s bathrooms to take video and pictures of women and girls, assault women or expose themselves in the restrooms. It is simple common sense for voters across the nation to protect women and children from being forced to share bathrooms or dressing rooms with grown men.”
We’re sending a petition to Target telling them we “Expect more.” We want restrooms and changing areas that keep women and children safe.