Thursday, April 28, 2016

Counter Protest Wrap Up

Let's break it down.

In North Carolina, it is now against the law for a transgender person to use a bathroom that doesn't match their biological sex.

There has been backlash. More than 100 companies and quite a few big musical acts have asked NC to repeal this law.

And some companies are flouting the law more directly.

From Target:

In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.

Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.

The above statement caused a growing group of angry people to demand a boycott of Target stores. "For the safety of children."

One such group organized in Clovis. (I cannot link to their event page as it has been removed at the time of this posting.)

Trans-E-Motion, the Pink Panthers, and Gay Central Valley joined other Target supporters for a Counter-Protest tonight. 

Organizers on the Support Target side were happy with the general response, there were far more people going into Target than turning around and going home and what felt like more honks honked in agreement than disapproval. For the most part the sides kept their distance from one another, although there was a bit of name calling and a few obscene gestures  toward the Support Target side. 

Videos and photos are available at the GCV Facebook page. 

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