“If you don’t want your money to go to a company that openly supports transgender people,” Allen writes, “you can’t buy an iPhone, eat an Egg McMuffin, drink a Sprite, stock up Budweiser, or fill your prescriptions at either of the nation’s two largest pharmacy chains because Apple, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Walgreens, and CVS” all advocate for trans tolerance, too. Anti-trans boycotters had also better blacklist Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover; IKEA, Home Depot, JCPenney, Sears, and Nordstrom; Sony, Universal, Paramount, Disney, and Warner Bros.; Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner—all companies with trans-inclusive policies. The list goes on.
So anti-trans activists can’t get on the internet, watch TV, hit the mall, or use a credit card… life’s most basic activities without unintentionally contributing to a pro-trans business.”
— Slate writer Mark Joseph Stone discussing the futility of the conservative boycott against Target’s transgender-friendly bathrooms in an article entitled, ”The Cultural Alienation of Anti-Trans Americans”. Stone’s quotation above alludes to Samantha Allen’s recent article at Daily Beast entitled “All the Things You Can No Longer Buy if You’re Really Boycotting Trans-Friendly Businesses.”
Though the rabidly anti-LGBT group the American Family Association has reportedly collected a million signatures in a petition urging folks to boycott Target over its trans-inclusive restrooms, Think Progress journalist Zack Ford has called the number “unverifiable and almost certainly inaccurate,” noting that people can easily boost such a number using fake e-mail addresses and later adding that the calls for a boycott have largely backfired with anti-trans people illegally harassing toilet users and conservative threats of anti-trans violence going viral. Even North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory has admitted that the anti-trans law may have ruined his re-election chances.
While Stone agrees that trans people are under attack by conservatives, he points out that 225 U.S. cities and counties, 19 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico all have laws barring “discrimination on the basis of gender identity”, whereas only three states (North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi) have anti-trans laws on their books. He also points out that a few Republican governors and legislatures have actually vetoed or voted down anti-trans laws.
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