The American Family Association has been at the forefront of a Target boycott ever since the retailer announced their transgender bathroom policy. Now the conservative group has announced that they will be “testing” Target’s new policy by sending men into the women’s bathrooms in the retail stores, according to a new interview with Breitbart. Since news of the new protest has gone viral, the AFA has since made a statement claiming that they are not actively sending men into women’s bathrooms but that it’s happening. From the videos that have been posted on social media, it is men who oppose the policy who are walking into women’s bathrooms at Target in order to get their point across rather than just choosing to boycott the store as many originally threatened.
The anti-LGBT activists are opposed to Target’s policy of allowing their transgender guests to use whichever bathroom they feel more comfortable using. In reaction to the open-minded policy, the American Family Association has waged their own war on basic human rights by harassing women who opt to use the retailer’s public bathrooms by sending men in them to elicit a reaction.
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The idea behind the newest Target protest scheme is to undermine laws and policies meant to protect transgendered Americans and their ability to use the bathroom for the gender in which they identify. The conservative group, which also happens to be listed as a hate group with the Southern Poverty Law Center, is behind a Target boycott and a petition that amassed 1.2 million signatures to date. They argue that allowing transgendered individuals the freedom to choose their bathroom will open up avenues that sex offenders will use in order to assault new victims. Target’s new bathroom policy reads the following.
“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. 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.”
“I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposite of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be, people will not be stopped,” Sandy Rios from AFA told Breitbart on Monday. “We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.” Check out the interview below and see for yourself if Rios is talking about the AFA sending men into women’s restrooms or if they are just wandering in there on their own.
In response to reports that the American Family Association plans to test the new Target bathroom policy, the conservative group has responded and says the reports are false despite what Rios said in her interview above. On the official AFA webpage, the group is claiming that they never have encouraged men to enter a women’s bathroom, which would be completely the opposite of what they have been fighting for. Does that mean the group does not condone the real instances of men (and not men who identify as women) going into the women’s restrooms in Target stores as a way to protest the policy that they don’t agree with? While the AFA has said that they didn’t send men into the women’s bathrooms themselves, they didn’t come out and condemn the new form of protest either.
American Family Association sending straight men into women’s bathrooms to show need for bathroom laws. https://t.co/3uTetpNzL0
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) May 2, 2016
There are a handful of videos uploaded to YouTube that show men walking brazenly into the women’s bathrooms in an attempt to prove their point and by Target’s own policy, they can use the bathroom that feels most comfortable to them. However, it can also be argued that recording their time in the bathrooms violates a whole host of other laws. Be sure to listen to the interview with Sandy Rios and watch the video below, then tell us what you think of this new Target protest in the comments section below.
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