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“Target Opened Pandora's Box Over Transgender Bathroom Policy”
by RT   
May 11th, 2016

Over one million people have signed a petition to boycott US retailer Target after it announced a controversial decision that allows men to use women's toilets and fitting rooms, and vice-versa, if they 'self-identify' with the choice.

Calls to boycott Target have sparked a range of reactions online with some people noting the boycott itself will make bathrooms safer. Many have pledged not to shop at the chain, claiming its policy endangers their safety.

Contrary to Target’s decision, a town in Alabama has passed a law to make using a bathroom that doesn't correspond to the person's biological sex a criminal offense. Offenders face a 500-dollar fine, or up to 6 months in jail.

RT discussed the issue with Pastor Greg Locke from the Global Vision Bible Church, and Carla Howell, political director of the Libertarian Party.

RT: Greg, what do you think of Target's decision?

Greg Locke: I’ve been very vocal about it when I first made the video that initially went viral within 24 hours… It was no surprise to everybody that I was vocal about it. I actually went to Target and found one of the managers – I’m well aware of the fact that it’s a corporate decision - but I wanted to find out what the public stand was on our Target in town. They basically said I can go to whatever restroom I self-identify with that particular day. I was a little shocked. I wanted to make sure I was getting it correctly, so I said, ‘You mean to tell me that if I feel like being a woman I can go to the women’s restroom right now?’ And they said, ‘Yes, and if that’s what you feel and anybody is uncomfortable with that then they can come talk to the management.’ Of course, I was shocked.

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