People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.
Fast forward a few years and I’m once again a PROUD Target shopper and their ads (not that we see them much here in the buckle of the bible belt) that showcase a WIDE RANGE and REALISTIC view of their shoppers makes me THRILLED to spend my hard earned dollars in their stores. These people who are bashing Target have every right…it’s America and sadly, even our hate speech is a granted and protected freedom. I just wish they could understand that not only are they on the wrong side of human history, they’re on the wrong side of a loving god that they profess to follow. If their god is love then how can LOVE in ANY form be considered wrong? Hmmmm…
I guess that just means I’ll have to shop their even MORE to make up the difference. :)