There is no denying that Orlando shooting was a hate crime, a homophobic attack, directed on gay people. But there were those who could uses this tragedy against LGBT community. Right-wing Christian lobbying group the American Family Association somehow thought it would be a good idea to use it to push their boycott of Target over a transgender-friendly bathroom policy.
A newsletter from the AFA says: “The nation continues to mourn over the senseless violence and loss of life in the Orlando shooting. This is a time when a nation must come together, reminding that God loves all people, and all are His creation, made in His own image. We know there are millions praying for the families and friends of the victims, and we ask all to join together with them and for those who are wounded, that a healing of both the body and the community will be reality. In April, Target publicised its corporate policy which allows men to frequent female restrooms and changing facilities. We view this policy as a danger to women and children because it provides a possible gateway for sexual predators to gain access to their victims. Since Target announced this dangerous policy in late April over 1.3 million people have signed the boycott Target pledge. This doesn’t include the millions of Americans who didn’t sign the pledge but feel the same way about Target.”The group continues: “This week we are announcing a new initiative to the #BoycottTarget pledge called Target Isn’t Listening. This initiative seeks to add 50,000 potential Target shoppers to our boycott Target pledge this week, June 13-17. While we are grateful for the over a million that have pledged to boycott Target, we know there are millions more that have the same sympathy but haven’t signed the pledge.”