Welcome: Target supports bathrooms to match gender identity

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Target wants people to feel "accepted, respected and welcomed" in its stores.

That's according to a news release the Minnesota company put out Tuesday.

If using the restroom is uncomfortable for people because it doesn't align with a person's gender identity, the stores invite workers and customers to use the room that makes them most comfortable.

This announcement comes after discussions on bathroom bills have sparked in several states.

Just last week, people gathered at Minnesota's state Capitol to address a controversial bill to assign people to restrooms based on a person's biological sex at birth – as opposed to the gender a person identifies with.

The House bill (read it here) is being called the “Individual Right to Privacy and Safety in Public Accommodations Act.”

Supporters of the bill say it would protect the privacy and security of children and adults.

Those who oppose it say it'd promote harassment and discrimination towards people who identify as transgender.

Target supports the Equality Act, standing with the LGBT community to stop the discrimination of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The company is continuing to move forward in its "inclusivity," which is one of Target's core beliefs, saying it felt the need to state an opinion on the matter of bathroom assignment.

"We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity."

A Target spokeswoman tells the Star Tribune that this isn't a new policy though, the retailer just wanted to make its position clear.

The paper says other companies – including Apple, Starbucks, Google Twitter and Facebook – have stood up against North Carolina, saying the state should repeal its law against letting transgender people use the bathroom that fits their identity.

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