Public opinion divided on Target’s transgender bathroom policy


At Target stores, customers can use the restroom or fitting room of any gender they feel matches their identity. Photo credit: Michelle Zhu

Target stores are embracing a transgender bathroom policy, and public opinion is divided on the matter.

In a response to Target’s pledge on inclusivity, half a million Americans are campaigning with the Christian-based American Family Association to boycott Target. Supporters of the policy are commending Target for taking a step toward equality.

Those who oppose it say the policy may pose a threat to women in allowing sex offenders access to their victims.

Maya Rand, a coordinator at the Stonewall Alliance Center says, “We need to be respectful of how people view themselves regardless of the anatomy they’re born with.”

Chico State students have expressed mixed responses as well.

“Anyone can say they can be a guy or girl, and there’s no way you can prove they’re truly transgender,” said Laarni Castro, a sophomore pre-med major. “And it goes against my conservative views.”

Clarissa Quinones, fifth year media arts major says she does not have anything against the policy. “Anyone should be able to do what they want to do,” she said.

Caitlin Becker, senior psychology major and GSEC employee, believes the policy is needed and commends Target for giving customers that option. “In reality, trans people are more scared to go the bathroom than a cisgender person is,” Becker said. “Worrying about (violent attacks) has to do more with rape culture.”

Elizabeth Moreno, a senior psychology major who happens to work at Target, has heard people saying they are going to stop shopping at Target. But Moreno does not think it will affect the number of customers.

The Target location in Chico on East 20th Street has confirmed they stand by their policy on inclusivity.

Michelle Zhu can be reached at [email protected] or @mmichellezhuu on Twitter.