Why more than 1 million people have signed a petition to boycott Target


More than 1 million people have signed a petition to boycott Target after the company announced it will allow transgender people to use the bathroom and fitting rooms corresponding with their gender identity, ABC News reports.

The announcement came last week from the major retailer, and since then, more than 900,000 people have signed the petition that was started by The American Family Association. 

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Petition to boycott Target

The Christian nonprofit group from Mississippi created the petition on April 20, just a day after Target’s announcement.

The petition argues that Target’s inclusivity decision will allow a man to say he “feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restroom … even if young girls and women are already in there.”


The petition comes as a national debate is exploding over whether to restrict transgender people to using public bathrooms that only match their sex at birth.

North Carolina is facing backlash for its recent ban on local anti-discrimination ordinances. Several musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, have canceled planned tour stops in North Carolina, and PayPal pulled back on plans to open a 400-employee operation center in Charlotte in response to the new law.

Other states are considering legislation similar to that adopted by North Carolina.

Target Corp. says it regularly assesses issues and considers many factors that would impact business, customers and workers.

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