Target has announced it is “making adjustments” to their Pride Month plans by removing some of its Pride merchandise from stores as well as shifting the remaining items to the back of stores.
This comes after a small number of anti-LGBTQ customers have begun confronting store staff and managers, sometimes resulting in violence.
Target is removing certain LGBTQ and Pride month merchandise from its stores nationwide after an intense backlash from some customers, including violent confrontations with its workers. https://t.co/JvJbPhUdTl
— The Hill (@thehill) May 23, 2023
From the Associated Press:
“Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work,” Target said in a statement Tuesday. ”Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plans, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.”
Target confirmed that it has moved its Pride merchandise from the front of the stores to the back in some Southern stores after confrontations and backlash from shoppers in those areas.
It’s worth noting that Target has had a Pride collection for 10 years. This isn’t new.
What is new is that the haters have learned that in 2023, violent intimidation works. And so, Target capitulated.
.@Target claims that they are removing Pride merchandise from their stores to protect the security of their employees.
The message that anti-LGBTQ+ bigots and fascists will receive from this is that making violent threats works.
They will get worse.
— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) May 24, 2023
Just got off the phone with Target (1-800-440-0680). Calmly explained that as the parent of a queer kid to whom their pride merch has meant a lot I can't shop at a place willing to sacrifice such kids to placate hate groups. The customer service rep started to cry, and so did I.
— Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) May 24, 2023
Charlie Kirk instructing his audience to "go after Target in a very serious way" for the crime of having a Pride display:
"The only thing they understand is force. Pain is a teacher”https://t.co/2Xnqovcgt1 pic.twitter.com/4FkbhljDej
— Ari Drennen (@AriDrennen) May 24, 2023
Why is @Target caving to bigots? Don’t feed their hate by compromising to bigotry and fear.
— MarleyCreek (@CreekMarley) May 23, 2023