Tavares, FL 4/22/2016 Updated about 12+ times with new links through 4/26/2016
Note: Another protest about the Target policy allowing transgenders to use the ladies room took place at the Mt. Dora, FL Target on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. About 25 people showed up and another protest is scheduled for Tues. May 3rd after 5pm "for working folks to attend". The Orlando Sentinel posted THIS article today, Apr. 26.
Ladies, when visiting Target, practice your screaming technique, as explained below in this exclusive FiscalRangers.com adventure visiting a local Target.
Yesterday we visited the Mt. Dora, FL Target to raise the issue of a new Target national policy to "welcome" transgender men into female restrooms. The Daily Commercial and Orlando Sentinel were there, as well as channel 13 TV news. THIS Orlando Sentinel article claims 5+ people "bombarded" the Target, implying we were throwing water balloons or bad words at them, which is not true. We did find out that Target refuses to answer how they determine who is a valid transgender person vs one who is not, and that now seems to be the issue.
Their attitude is if their primary demographic, women or parents with children, are concerned about bathroom safety, then don't use their gender neutral restrooms. Right now, customers are not warned of the new policy on the rest room doors, yet.
After the Target visit, an Orlando TV reporter who had a young daughter called me, agreeing with our position and providing visibility to the issue, but she could not attend the event.
And, in Marion County, the School Board is resisting conversion of student bathrooms to a gender neutral system. So this Target policy is being pushed in many areas.
So, there, you have it. Use the restrooms down the road at Chick-fil-a which probably won't go gender neutral for awhile. This political correctness is insane.
The issue is not about legitimate transgenders who clearly adopt clothing of their preferred sex. The issue is that some moms at the event are concerned that some pedophile will use the vague and unenforced Target policy as an excuse to enter a women's restroom to take pictures or worse. A father came up afterwards and said if he caught one entering a bathroom when his daughter was in there, he would pound him "into the ground".
Target is being criticized for disrupting the security of women and children when, according to Breitbart, "The number of Americans who are transgender, or who wish to live as members of the opposite sex, is very small. It amounts to roughly one out of every 2,400 adults, according to a 2010 study of Census data." Thus, Target is inflaming and antagonizing about 2400 potential customers for every transgender customer.
I feel sad for the Target employees who are caught in the middle of this liberal policy from their national office, and seem to be saying they will not intervene or validate males entering a female restroom until a customer complains.
So, ladies, here are your choices for action:
- Do nothing. Hope for the best when visiting Target and their bathrooms.
- Carry and use pepper spray.
- Boycott Target entirely - but LET THEM know by email or phone calls,
- Never use their restrooms - visit a nearby Chick-fil-a and use theirs,
- If a male enters the Target ladies room "who does not appear to be transgender", scream and make a scene. You can find images of different types of screams to practice HERE.
- We don't recommend using concealed carry and pulling a gun on any guy in the ladies room. Target takes pride in their restrooms and has a poster about it on the inside of the doors. They don't like messes and will take away your shopping privileges.
NEW Apr. 26, 2016 - Breitbart reports top 20 sex crimes committed in Target Stores
HERE is a Ted Cruz ad attacking Trump for his stand that gender neutral bathrooms are ok. "Should a grown man pretending to be a woman be allowed to use the woman's restroom? The same restroom used by your daughter? Your wife?"
Apparently Ontario, Canada implemented a gender neutral program in 2012, and this article describes how a sexual predator used it to sexually assault some women in a shelter.
Feb. 18, 2016 - Seattle, WA - A man twice entered the changing room of a swimming pool and began disrobing, once in front of a young girls' swim team, saying transgender policies gave him the right to do so.
This 2013 TV report in Los Angeles describes a man dressed as a woman in the ladies room in a Macy' store and he had hours of videos of women in the changing room.
New: Apr. 24, 2016 - Man dresses as man, asks Target manager if ok to use women's restroom, and was told it was ok. Ladies, doesn't that make you feel safe at Target?
New: Originally posted Apr. 19, 2016 - Comedian Joey Salads dons wig and dress and walks into ladies room, and gets yelled at by female occupants. One was cool about it, but five others were not and yelled at him. One screamed (our recommended action - see below).
HERE is an open letter to Target written by a woman angry at their policy. "You have taken the FEELINGS of LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of our population into account and in one swift statement told the entire country that the safety of our vulnerable women and children is of no concern to you or your staff."
Apr. 23, 2016 - Here is a short video from Breitbart on the issue. "In the wake of Target's decision to allow men in women's restrooms and changing rooms, the hashtag #BoycottTarget has exploded across social media and trended as high as #1 on U.S. Facebook."
Apr. 23, 2016 - Here is a long opinion by a woman abused as a kid, asking why women and children's safety from predators should be denied to make less than 1% of the population happy.
NEW: April 25, 2016: Now at least one website is spreading an inaccurate story that Target has reversed their policy. That is NOT true per this fact check report which says the "reversal" story is a hoax.
NEW April 25, 2016 - THIS Daily Signal (from the Heritage Foundation) article, originally published Dec. 12, 2015, describes how six high school girls told a crowd of 500 why they didn't want men in their bathrooms and lockers.
"Speaking out, they knew, could make them the public face of a very private issue.
It could lead their classmates to call them “bigots,” “insensitive,” and “homophobes.”
But after seeing their high school back down to threats that the U.S. Department of Education would strip away federal funding, and watching school officials overrule their parents, a group of six high school girls in Cook County, Ill., decided to speak out.
On Dec. 7, 2016 before a crowded school board meeting packed with news media, they would tell the world why they don’t want a high school student who was born male, but identifies as a female, to use the girls’ locker room. They would tell the world why allowing a transgender student to see them in a state of undress would be an invasion of their personal privacy.
They would explain why, at 15 and 16 years old, changing alongside biological women is already hard enough.
“It is unfair to infringe upon the rights of others to accommodate one person,” the six girls, in a joint statement, told an audience of at least 500."
Sept. 1, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch: Transgender boy invades girls high school locker room, and 100 students walk out. Note: One poster said "girls rights matter too!"
April 21, 2016 Facebook post from a father who took his 6-year old daughter into a Target and talked to the manager. He wasn't happy with their answers.
Ralph Smith was a no show: Our original plan was for both Vance Jochim, editor of this blog, and local radio show host Ralph Smith to lead the protest. But Ralph owns a tire store and had to deliver some to Clermont, so he arrived after our meeting at Target was over. But, our readers should have evidence that Ralph was ready to invade Target, so he brought a pink shirt to show he identified with females.