This may or may not change your opinion about shopping at Target – or at least using the toilet when you’re there.In response to the growing national debate over whether your inside or outside plumbing should control where you do your business, Target has caved to activists, and issued a statement clarifying its policies over bathroom use.
“We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the statement said. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”CNN reports, state legislatures around the U.S. have in recent months debated proposals that would force individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex listed on their birth certificate.
The governor of North Carolina signed such a bill in late March. Mississippi has passed a related law that critics say allows discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
In Minnesota, where Target is headquartered, a Republican state senator has proposed a bill that would restrict access to restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms based on the “biological sex” of individuals.Well, at least we know where Target stands (or sits, depending on your plumbing) on the issue.
As we’ve reported here on many occasions, transgender people represent only about three-tenths of a percent of the U.S. population, so the chances of you encountering a non-gender-binary humanoid in the bathrooms at Target – or any other mainstream retailer — are small indeed.
I believe the vast gender-binary majority of Americans really doesn’t give a rat’s behind if someone wants to change their God-given plumbing. But what we DO resent is being told in effect the needs of this tiny minority are greater than our own. And we sure as hell don’t want this forced upon our children.So here’s an existential question for you: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck — but pees like a dog, is it a duck?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]