US Retailer Removes LGBT+ Products After Threats
In response to backlash from some consumers, including violent altercations with employees, a US shop is taking some goods out of stores and making other changes to its LGBT+ inventory ahead of Pride month.
“Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work,” Target stated in a statement.
Given the tense situation, we are modifying our plans and removing elements that have been the focal point of the most severe aggressive behavior.
Target declined to disclose which products it was discontinuing, but among those that attracted the most attention were “tuck friendly” women’s swimsuits that enable trans women who have not undergone gender-affirming procedures to disguise their identity.
A backlash has also been generated against Designs by Abprallen, a London-based company that creates and markets LGBT+ clothes and accessories with occult and demonic themes.
Since the beginning of May, Pride gear has been for sale. June is designated as Pride Month.
Following altercations and complaints from Southern customers, Target announced that it has moved its Pride goods from the front of the stores to the back in some of those locations.
Social media users have made false claims that Target is selling “tuck-friendly” swimming suits made for kids or in kid-sized clothing in numerous recent videos about the retailer’s Pride month collection. The actions are being taken as the beer company Bud Light continues to deal with consumer reaction over its attempt to increase its client base by teaming up with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
The parent company of Bud Light announced that it will increase its marketing expenditures in the US this summer in an effort to recover the sales that the brand lost as a result of its collaboration with the transgender influencer.
For around ten years, Target and several stores, such as Walmart and H&M, have been enhancing their LGBT+ displays in honor of Pride month.
Transgender concerns, including access to healthcare and participation in sports, have caused controversy in state legislatures this year.