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Target Launches Gay Pride T-Shirts, Reaps Protest

| by Michael Allen

Target stores are selling gay pride t-shirts online, in association with the Washington, D.C.-based Family Equality Council, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families.

Ten T-shirts are now featured on Target's website with gay-friendly themes. Two feature a design by rocker Gwen Stefani, who has her own line of kids' hipster clothing called Harajuku Mini at Target. The Stefani design reads, "Love is love." Each Pride T-shirt sells for $12.99, all of which will be donated to the Family Equality Council.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said: "Over the past year, we heard from our team members and guests that they'd like to see an assortment of Pride merchandise available at Target."

The promotion went live on Sunday, but not everyone is pleased.

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