(Think Progress) -- News outlets are buzzing that a pledge to boycott Target over its transgender-inclusive policies is approaching 1 million signatures on Thursday. In reality, that number is unverifiable and almost certainly inaccurate. All that’s actually happening is that a hate group is getting a lot of free press.
The American Family Association (AFA), which has been designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, launched the boycott pledge on April 20 after Target issued a statement reiterating its promise that employees and customers can use the restrooms that match their gender identities.
AFA translated the statement as meaning that “a man can simply say he ‘feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restrooom…even if young girls or women are already in there.” This, the group warned, “is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims,” and thus the policy “poses a danger to wives and daughters.” AFA also included a list of stories about non-transgender men who had been arrested for illegally filming women in restrooms to somehow prove their point.
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