Following threats of a Target boycott, the big-box retailer yanked some LGBTQ Pride products. Queer and transgender designers blamed "domestic terrorists" for their LGBTQ products being removed from Target stores.
Last week, Target held an "emergency" meeting regarding the selling of controversial products, such as clothing from a designer promoting Satanism, LGBTQ onesies for babies, "tuck-friendly" bathing suits, and drag queen books for young children.
Target corporate officers decided to relocate its Pride collection from the front of the store to the rear area in retail locations in rural South Carolina, Arkansas, and Georgia.
Target issued a statement announcing the retail chain was pulling some Pride products off its shelves.
For more than a decade, Target has offered an assortment of products aimed at celebrating Pride Month. Since introducing this year's collection, we've experienced threats impacting our team members' sense of safety and well-being while at work. Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plans, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior. Our focus now is on moving forward with our continuing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community and standing with them as we celebrate Pride Month and throughout the year.
Ash + Chess is a self-described "stationery and gift company run by queer and trans couple."
The LGBTQ couple are also the authors of books titled: "The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook," "Queer Tarot: An Inclusive Deck and Guidebook," "My Queer Year Guided Journal" and a childrens book titled "ABC-Deconstructing Gender."
Target recently began selling some Ash + Chess products, including a "Queer, Queer, Queer" shirt, a "Queer All Year" calendar, an "Ask Me About My Pronouns" poster, and a "Trans Pride, Trans Power" greeting card. Target previously sold an Ash + Chess shirt that read: "Trans People Will Always Exist," but it no longer appears on the retailer's website.
Ash + Chess announced on Friday that a "majority" of its products had been removed from Target stores. The queer and transgender designers blamed "domestic terrorists" for the removal of their products.
"We are saddened to say that the majority of our collection has been removed from Target stores due to threats from domestic terrorists," the post on the Ash + Chess Instagram read. " Emotionally, we do not currently have the bandwidth to comment further on this. We appreciate your support and love. Queer and trans people exist in the past, present, and future, and we are stronger together. We love you all."
Last week, Target said its employees had received threats and "confrontational behavior" after rolling out this year's Pride collection.
Target stores in three states received bomb threats for reportedly relocating the Pride collection or removing LGBTQ products.
WOIO reported that the threatening email stated, "Target is full of f***ing cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community and decided to cater to the homophobic right wing redneck bigots who protested and vandalized their store."
The email claimed that a bomb had been placed in four Target stores in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania.
As TheBlaze reported last week, Target boasted of having a partnership with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network for over a decade.
Target reportedly donated over $2 million to GLSEN – an LGBTQ education organization that advocates that schools don't inform parents if their children decide to undergo a gender transition.
Following the Target boycott, the nationwide retailer lost $9 billion in market value.
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