A Texas woman was surprised and disappointed to learn another major retail chain has apparently joined Target in allowing transgender men in its female dressing room area.
“I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man’s voice,” said Lisa Stickles, who says she quickly told a manager of the Ross department store in Mesquite, Texas, near Dallas.
“She went inside the dressing room, came right back out and called me to the side and told me … he was representing himself as a woman today,” Sickles told CBS DFW.
“He was in no way dressed as a woman,” Sickles said. “He had on jeans, a t-shirt, 5 o’clock shadow, very deep voice. He was a man.”
The manager told the woman that if she felt uncomfortable in the dressing room with the man there, she could wait until he was finished.
“What about me? Or my feelings?” Sickles told CBS DFW.
The CEO of Target, offered the essentially the same answer when asked about the retailer’s new transgender bathroom and dressing room policy. Brian Cornell stated if customers were uncomfortable using the restrooms knowing people of the opposite biological gender may be in them, they could use the “family restroom,” which is currently available in most of their stores and will soon be in all, he announced.
Presumably, regarding the dressing rooms, Target would offer the same answer as the Ross customer received: if you have a problem with a person of the opposite sex being next to you, wait.
Over 1.2 million people have signed a petition pledging to boycott Target until its transgender bathroom and dressing room policy is changed. On Wednesday, the company reported missing its sales projections for the year through April, causing the stock to plummet.
As of trading on Wednesday, the stock had dropped 20 percent since the announcement of its new bathroom policy on April, 19.