Target Policy on Transgendered Bathroom Use-Truth!

Target Policy on Transgendered Bathroom Use-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:
Target will continue to allow people who identify as transgender to use their bathroom of choice despite new laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.
The Truth:
Target has announced that transgendered customers and employees will be allowed to use their bathroom of choice at Target stores.
The retailer issued a statement announcing that it would not change its storewide policy on transgendered bathroom use in states that passed “bathroom laws” that require individuals to use public bathrooms that correspond with their born gender, regardless of how they identify now.
In a statement, Target said that it would “continue to stand for inclusivity” by not changing its current policies in those states:

April 19, 2016

Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests.

Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.

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.

We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members. Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position.

Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.

Last September, Target voiced support for the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend legal protections to people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In doing so, Target released a statement about discrimination in the workplace:

“Target proudly stands with the LGBT community through all that we do,” says Caroline Wanga, Target’s senior director of diversity and inclusion, “from our partnerships with organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), to our volunteer efforts, and even the products we sell. We want to be a champion for an inclusive society by using our influence and resources to support equality in the communities where our team members and guests live and work.”

This year, Target is also deepening its long-standing support of the HRC by becoming a national platinum partner. This weekend, Target will also be the presenting sponsor of the HRC’s 2015 Twin Cities gala dinner.

“Target is helping to lead the fight against discrimination by putting its support behind the Equality Act. Discrimination has no place in the workplace, and Target is demonstrating to all that inclusion is a pillar of any successful business,” says HRC President Chad Griffin. “The time has come for full federal equality, and HRC is proud to include Target as a partner in this fight. Everyone should have a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their families, and live free from fear of discrimination, including Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.”

To be clear, Target hasn’t changed its position on gendered bathroom use in any way. The retailer vocally supported the notion in 2007, and it has been consistent ever since.