Retail giant Target will now allow transgender people to use the bathroom and fitting rooms in accordance with their gender identity and not their biological sex.
"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," the company said in a statement.
Target has been in news for its policies on gender sensitivity. Last year, it said it would cease using sex-based signs for toys. Similar changes were to be made in Home and Entertainment, where they said, "suggesting products by gender" was unnecessary.
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"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," Target said.
"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," it continued.
Target is based in Minnesota, where a Republican state senator reportedly proposed a bill to limit bathroom access by biological sex.
Evangelist Franklin Graham criticized rock singer Bruce Springsteen 's cancellation of a concert in North Carolina over a state law banning transgender men to use women 's bathrooms.
"Bruce Springsteen, a long-time gay rights activist, has cancelled his North Carolina concert. He says the N.C. law #HB2 to prevent men from being able to use women 's restrooms and locker rooms is going 'backwards instead of forwards. ' Well, to be honest, we need to go back! Back to God. Back to respecting and honoring His commands. Back to common sense," he wrote on his Facebook page.
The store is known to have offered benefits to same-sex couples, and publicly came out in support of gay
In his article ‘Movements before Stonewall need to be remembered, too’, Adam Dupuis discusses the fact that while the Stonewall Uprising was an important event in LGBT history, the events before it should not be dismissed as lesser. The author emphasizes the Annual Reminders, seminal protests which took place in Philadelphia every Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. Not only were the Annual Reminders the first sustained LGBT demonstrations, but they were the first gay rights protests to have members from multiple cities, with forty activists from Washington, D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania participating. However, these events were discontinued upon the occurrence of the Stonewall Riot in 1969, when the organizers of the Reminders made the decision
Snyder v. Phelps Summary of a First Amendment Landmark Supreme Court case: Snyder v. Phelps 131 S. Ct. 1207 (2011) (link is external) Facts: Fred Phelps and his followers at the Westboro Baptist Church believe that God punishes the United States for its tolerance of homosexuality, particularly within the military. To demonstrate their beliefs, Phelps and his followers often picket at military funerals. Albert Snyder's son, Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2006. Westboro picketed Matthew Snyder's funeral displaying signs that stated, for instance, "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11," "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," and "Don't Pray for the USA."
1. The Lawrence v. Texas Supreme court case of 2003 was a landmark event for the LGBT community and gave them their constitutional right to pursue same gender consensual sexual activity without the fear of state intrusion. Before the decision of the court, sodomy laws were applicable in Texas which criminalized sexual activities between people of same gender. With the passing of this judgment, there was renewed vigour of exuberance among the lgbt community and for a very good reason. The case was brought to the notice of the police who raided a residence on gun related charges and found two males engaged in consensual sex.
Foremost is the newspaper article from The Associated Press with the title "Target pulls some LGBTQ+ merchandise from stores ahead of June Pride month after threats to workers." This article was most likely written for citizens who are curious about
During a time where grieving and sadness was prevalent, the people at the candlelight vigil were not only faced with how to comprehend the tragedy of the Pulse shooting but how to create a better future where such acts of terror do not exist. As a “middle-aged straight, white, male, Republican, politician,” Cox is the opposite of who would be expected to support those different from him (1). However, throughout his speech, he illustrates not only the allegiance he has with the LGBTQ people, but also his goal of replacing the resentment towards them with the respect that he, and many other people have. As injustice towards those of different races and sexual orientations remain prominent, Americans must remember that even if it may seem impossible to accept someone of a different sexual orientation or skin color, one must try to learn to be more understanding, or else hate crimes like the Orlando shooting will become a common
“A group of people decided they’d had enough. They took a stand and in doing so began the New York Gay Activist movement. Which eventually spread to other parts of the country…. I very much doubt they know the impact of their decision to stand firm that day in 1969, but it’s because of those people that gay rights exist in this country today,” Lynley Wayne, LGBT Writer. Everyday people are trying to stand up for themselves.
For the past year society's standards of homosexuals has changed dramatically, last summer gay marriage has been legalized in all 50 states in the us. Now sympathizers of transgender are trying to advocate for bathroom changes for transgender, these people are demanding equal rights to bathrooms that they associate with. I personally find this outrageous and immoral. The concept is very ludicrous, why are we allowing people to choose their gender? It’s ridiculous, I personally believe or would like to think that all children were raised as one gender, and that their parents educated them on the simple concept of where to use the restrooms.
Mainly driven by conservative religious beliefs, some parents, school administrators, and politicians have opposed these organizations. GSAs have been protected from legal actions due to the Equal Access Act and the United States Constitution’s First Amendment (Mercier, 2009). Nevertheless, some school boards and administrators continue to change policy and legislation using “extreme measures . . . to prevent GSAs from organizing and meeting on school premises reveal[ing] that the deep animus of local communities and school board officials towards gay and lesbian individuals is in fact the driving force behind their actions” (Mercier, 2009, p. 179). The legal attempts to ban GSAs have not hindered the organizations from growing, as they are increasing across the U.S. (Kosciw et al., 2008, 2010; Russell et al.,
In this pamphlet, the LGBTQ+ community wasn’t asking for new rights, but for the ones promised to all to be recognized. The pamphlet says, “ Are we guanteening to all of our citizens the rights… which took birth and first form in the Declaration of Independence.” (Document H). A gay person in the United States was not guaranteed the same rights as a straight person, particularly socially. People in the LGBTQ+ community often were outcasts from straight
A brochure for “Reminder Day” expressed that homosexuals were often not treated as equals and that the Federal, state and local governments have shown bias towards these individuals. Although some religions would perceive homosexuality as a sin, the individuals are still human and should be given the same opportunities as the rest of the population. In the past, the Declaration of Independence promised natural rights for all men, but some rights were not realized for minority groups. Over time, parts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were revoked and amended so that in today’s world, all “men”, including women and minority groups, all have the same rights.
In 2015, the Obergefell v. Hodges case ended the “state bans on same-sex marriage”, therefore legalizing same-sex marriage (Important Supreme Court Cases). Now, “same-sex couples can now receive the benefits...of marriage that were largely exclusive to heterosexual couples” (Koch). The ruling has led to the modern fight for gay civil rights. Exposure to the LGBTQ+ community, the southern “Bathroom Bills”, and other fights for transgender rights, and the press for more LGBTQ+ representation in the media has erupted from this case. Both rulings had very big impacts on their respective communities.
Ferguson, was the first case in the United States to rule that it was a violation of a Consumer Fraud Act to call homosexuality a mental illness or disorder. The plaintiffs, three gay men and two of their mothers, sued Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), a Jersey City, N.J., stating that it had made statements that were gross misrepresentations in the sale and advertisement of its program which constituted fraud, deception and unconscionable business practices. On Feb. 10, a Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso Jr. ruled it was a misrepresentation that violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act to advertise gay conversion therapy services by depicting homosexuality as abnormal or a mental illness because this is contrary to the overwhelming weight of scientific authority. He further ruled that as a matter of law that it is a misrepresentation in violation of the CFA "to use specific success statistics in advertising and selling of services when client outcomes are not tracked and records are not maintained." The defendants argued attempted to defend the suit on a Free Exercise grounds, however, Judge Bariso, stated "the free exercise clause does not limitlessly protect any act done in the name of religious practice".
Mike Huckabee: Political Courage Could one stand up for something one believes in so strongly to offer to serve jail time for someone else? Same sex marriage is a very contentious issue in America. Same sex marriage first became legal in North Carolina on October 10, 2014. Same sex marriage was ratified by a 5-4 vote, which means that same sex couples are now free to wed in North Carolina (“Gay Marriage”). Some were ecstatic with this Supreme Court ruling while others like Mike Huckabee were not.
The organization I work for, Starbucks is highly diversified. In my opinion, Starbucks successfully employs each of the seven diversity components: “authentic leadership commitment, clear organizational communication, inclusive recruitment practices, long-term retention strategies, incorporating diversity into main work of the organization, diversity management metrics, and expansive external relationships” (CanÌas, Sondak 2014). With that being said, Starbucks could improve by incorporating diversity into main work of the organization. One way Starbucks proves their commitment to diversity is authentic by holding a diverse board of directors. Of the seven board members, three are women and one of these women is of an African descent.