Washington D.C., Aug 19, 2016 / 14:57 pm
Amid continuing dispute over its transgender bathroom policy, the retail giant Target has denied that the controversy is linked to its decline in sales and says it will not change the policy.
Instead, it will spend $20 million for single-toilet bathrooms at 300 more stores. These bathrooms are not for individuals whose biological sex and gender identity differ, but instead are for people who are uncomfortable with the thought of using a restroom with a transgender individual.
The store chain in April announced that staff members and customers who identify as transgender may use the restroom or fitting room that corresponds with their self-identified gender, not their biological sex.
Critics voiced concern that the policy would allow men to use the women's bathroom and could pose a risk to women and children. The American Family Association launched a boycott that gathered 1.4 million signatures online.