Retail giant Target has been the subject of controversy over the past several weeks since the company opened their bathrooms to members of the opposite sex, sparking “buycotts” and boycotts across the nation in protest.
Now, a new campaign, orchestrated by Life Site News and the Child Protection League, has taken to the streets of Minnesota seeking to #FlushTarget because they believe the company is endangering women and girls by exposing them to sexual predators.
“They are opening bathrooms to all men, whether transgender or non-transgender,” said Julie Quist of the Child Protection League.
The campaign will be using a truck that features the image of a young girl being confronted by a man in the restroom, captioned, “What about her rights to privacy and protection?” The truck will stop at every Target store in the state over the next few weeks.
“Everyone has the right to use the bathroom safely and in privacy without fear of being raped or assaulted,” said Claire Chretien, national spokeswoman for Life Site News. “Unfortunately, Target, one of America’s largest retail chains, has decided to let any man access women’s bathrooms in their stores.”
Organizers of the movement have further stressed that the purpose of their campaign is not to move against transgender individuals but strictly to protect the rights and privacy of women and children.
“I want to be clear, we are not boycotting Target out of fear of [the] LGBT community,” said Chretien. “The are other ways to accommodate men dressed as women that don’t put us and our young children at risk.”
Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen has introduced a constitutional right to privacy and public safety bill in the legislature, which would require all public schools, universities and businesses to limit access to bathrooms and other similar facilities solely on the basis of biological sex.