Target: Trans People Can Use Whatever Bathroom They Want
We are living in a depressingly petty time where trans people are still fighting for their fucking right to use the bathroom. You know the ping-pong of dehumanizing bills and debates over whether human beings should be allowed to piss in peace has reached a new dystopian low when even Donald-ban-Muslims-Trump has spoken up in defense of trans people’s bathroom rights. To add to the surprising list of corporate trans “allies,” Target has just released a statement on their website addressing the ongoing bathroom debate, and re-asserting their policy of just-fucking-use-the-bathroom-you’re-safest-in.
The statement says:
“We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.
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.”
As made obvious by the statement itself, this policy isn’t new. However, in light of the recent shit-storms of fear mongering bigots, they figured it was best to let people know they could safely use the amenities at Target without fear of harassments or repercussions.
The state of North Carolina was at the forefront of the anti-trans bigotry, when they signed a bill into law that essentially prohibited trans people from using the bathroom at all, stating that “men assigned male at birth can only legally use the men’s restroom while women assigned female at birth can only use the women’s restroom,” which was blatant code for “only cis-people are allowed the basic rights of excreting their waste.”
The absurdly shitty and hate-filled bill has faced public backlash not only from politicians and activists but artists and musicians as well. The grunge group Pearl Jam recently canceled tour dates in North Carolina when they heard of the legislation, well as former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and beautiful butt-god Bruce Springsteen.
Hopefully as more people with wide-spread platforms speak up against these antiquated laws, we can stop turning a blind eye to the larger pressing issues in the LGBTQ community.