An Open Letter to Target: Regarding your New Restroom Policy

People who identify as transgender deserve our compassion and our understanding. But there is no institutional solution for their struggles. Only personal and relational solutions. Compromising the legitimate safety and privacy of women and children for the sake of a handful of adults is cowardly. And all because those adults are backed by some of the biggest bullies in America. The bathroom battle is just the latest front in the ongoing war between adult desires and child rights. Stand firm friends. You can bet this won’t be the last assault.Target-680x382

Mary From Martha

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a woman. I am a frequent shopper in your stores. I am first and foremost a mother. Your recent change in policy of who you allow to use each restroom concerns me. You stated in your blog post, “We believe that everyone…deserves to be protected from discrimination and treated equally.” and “…you’ll always be accepted, respected, and welcomed at Target.” As a business owner, I do understand your right to make a stance as a company. As a parent, I will never understand why you would trade the safety of our women and children for the sake of not hurting  feelings.

I realize that everyone needs to feel accepted, loved, and wanted. I know the struggles of a person struggling to find their identity. I also know that as of September 2012, a Gallup poll showed that approximately 3.4% of Americans identify as

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