Although this year’s pride collection at Target has cost the store billions of dollars, Target is still determined to completely come out of the closet.
Target has given annual donations to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for several years. Now, the store has released a public statement on its website.
“GLSEN leads the movement in creating affirming, accessible, and anti-racist spaces for LGBTQIA+ students,” the statement read. “We are proud of 10+ years of collaboration with GLSEN and continue to support their mission.”
News of the GLSEN statement arrived shortly after Target’s pride collaboration with a Satanist designer, Abprallen, started an uproar. Target has since removed all of Abprallen’s merchandise from stores, but Target’s partnership with GLSEN should cause equal, perhaps more, concern.
Even if you don’t buy your infant a “¡Bien Proud!” onesie or your teen son a “Trans People Will Always Exist” tee, and you decide to completely boycott the store, Target can still come for your children through GLSEN.
If you visit the activist group website, a notification immediately pops up, reading: “You can quickly leave this website by pressing the Escape key three times, or tapping three times quickly on mobile. To browse this site safely, be sure to regularly clear your browser history.”
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It goes without saying that “browsing safely” doesn’t mean avoiding computer viruses and hackers. This is an active attempt to encourage kids to hide their activity on GLSEN from their own parents.
In addition, the group actively fights for kids’ “right” to hide their “gender identities” from their mothers and fathers. Section D of GLSEN’s “Model Local Education Agency Policy on Transgender and Nonbinary Students” states the following:
Some transgender and nonbinary students may not yet be out to their parents or guardians….If a student is not yet out to their parent(s)/guardian(s), using their prior name in correspondence may be the desirable course of action, although they use a different name amongst peers and educators in school.
Many parents may be in the dark, but GLSEN’s influence is certainly widespread.
“Today, after over 25 years of leading the movement, GLSEN’s national network is more than 1.5 million strong, with students, families, educators, and education advocates working to create safe schools,” says GLSEN’s “About Us” page. “More than 500,000 GLSEN resources are downloaded by students and educators each year.”
Though many are committing to a Target boycott, people might still want to take caution and remember that the fight doesn’t stop there. Remember, trans people will always exist.
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