Target welcomes transgender customers and employees to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identities

By: Leah Uko
luko@wltz.com

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — This week, Target took a stance on gender equality. The company announces it will let transgender people use the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities.

The retail giant said it would help “lead the fight against discriminatory” by supporting the Equality Act.

Its statement read:

"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."

Customers in Columbus both praised and criticized Target’s announcement.

"You know, in today’s society you never know when somebody’s just going to dress up and decide they’re going to go into the women’s room when they just want to go into the women’s room,” said Brenda Hester.

"Think there was a lot of internet backlash from people who said they weren’t going to go to Target anymore, but I don’t think any of those people will follow through,” said Kevan Baxley. "I don’t think that there’s a way for people to avoid shopping somewhere that is so great."

The Equality Act is in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. If it passes, transgender people can use the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities everywhere, not just Target.

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