After the backlash that included threats to Target staff nationwide, the mega-retailer says it will reduce its selection of pride products being sold in its stores after over a decade of inclusion efforts.
Now, Target’s decision to remove pride month products from its stores has caught the attention of a local Minnesota LGBTQ advocacy group.
Kat Rohn, Executive Director of the advocacy group OutFront Minnesota says the organization reached out to Target concerning the incidents.
“Taking a really active approach to engagement around this is really critical for maintaining that community connection,” Rohn said.
Rohn says although Target has been a longtime ally, a response like this can be discouraging to the larger community.
“You know, our concern is that when things get pulled or when the initial reaction is to just withdraw from things, then it can sometimes feel like the opposition has won,” Rohn said.
In a statement from Target earlier this week, the company said it “intends to maintain their commitment to the LGBTQ community and stand with them in celebrating Pride Month.”
Target has not shared what particular items it would take off the shelves.