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Woman Reports Sign Rejecting Gender Inclusive Policy

| by Jordan Smith
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An Oregon woman has reported a sign to Target she found hanging in a bathroom at a Keizer, Oregon, store April 24.

Nathalie Olds photographed the sign, which advised parents not to let their teenagers go to the bathroom alone, according to KATU.

"I went out to my boyfriend and said, did you see this in your bathroom? And he said no. And I was upset. I was, like, I'm not going to shop here right now because this is strange and it's really weird," Olds explained to KATU.

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Target announced last week that it had operated a long-standing gender inclusion policy, meaning that transgender people can use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

But Olds was not aware of the policy.

“I was shocked. I was really shocked because I didn't know about the new policy. So when I saw it the first time I took it as fact,” she said.

“The reality is people have been in the bathrooms their whole lives with transgender people and they just never noticed,” she added.

Supporters of a petition launched by a conservative, Christian group called the American Family Association disagree. They have vowed to boycott Target over its policy.

Target could not confirm who had hung up the warning sign.

“I think that Target should investigate,” Olds said.

The issue reached national attention in March 2016 when North Carolina enacted a law requiring people to use the bathroom of the gender assigned to them at birth.

Two University of North Carolina students filed a lawsuit against the legislation in federal court.

"I just want to go to work and live my life," plaintiff Joaquin Carcano said, according to WLOS. "This law puts me in the terrible position of either going into the women's room where I clearly don't belong or breaking the law. But this is about more than bathrooms, this is about my job, my community, and my ability to get safely through my day and be productive like everyone else in North Carolina."

The suit is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, which described the legislation as “cruel, insulting and unconstitutional.”

On April 19, a federal appeals court ruled that a similar law being enforced by a school board in Virginia was unconstitutional. The suit was brought by Gavin Grimm, who was demanding the right to use the male bathroom, The Guardian reported.

Sources: KATU, WLOS via KATU, The Guardian / Photo credit: The Guardian, KATU

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