Seeds: North Carolina recently passed a bill that prohibits transgender people from entering a restroom that doesn’t correspond with their physical anatomy (need catching up? Read about it here). A month later, Target boldly announced on its website that it would allow their shoppers and employees to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they identify with on the ground of inclusivity.
Core: This new policy was met with zealous support from those that support transgender rights. However, it was also met with great opposition from Target’s more conservative consumers. For instance, the American Family Association has taken a strong stand against the policy, claiming that it is a threat to public safety. In other words, the AFA fears that sexual predators will take advantage of Target’s new policy in order to get access to their victims. As a result, hundreds of thousands are boycotting the company and demonstrating their disapproval by signing up on an online petition.
Skin: The entire nation has been participating in the conversation about whether or not transgender people should be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. The conversation has even been discussed amongst presidential candidates.
Leaves: The AFA’s website outlines several cases that involve cross-dressing male sex offenders. Meanwhile, Target made this statement in order to reiterate their belief that “everyone deserves to feel like they belong.” While there does seem to be at least some substance to the AFA’s argument, should these anomalies stand in the way of allowing someone to use the restroom that aligns with the gender they identify with?
Food for Thought: Should a big name company like Target have taken such a polarized stance on such a controversial topic? Should transgender people be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with? Is it a threat to public safety?
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