Conservative Groups Speak Out Against Walgreens Trans-Inclusive Bathrooms

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Walgreens faces backlash from conservative groups after announcing a trans-inclusive bathroom policy this month.

The change came after cisgender woman Jessie Meehan was told to use the men’s room because the employee thought she was “too masculine” to use the women’s room, according to PinkNews. Meehan sued the chain through the ALCU and asked instead of a financial statement that all 8,100 stores changed their bathroom policy.

The American Family Association launched a petition against the change on their website in response. The anti-LGBT group previously led a boycott against Target for the same reason in 2016.

“Walgreens’ new policy could potentially result in female customers becoming victims of voyeurism, sexual assault and physical attack,” the petition reads. “Walgreens must immediately reverse its dangerous policy that allows men unrestricted access into women’s restrooms.”

Walgreens said in a Nov. 17, 2017 memo that “All individuals have a right to use restroom facilities that correspond to the individual’s gender identity, regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth.”

One Million Moms also wrote against the policy change.

“In a shocking policy announcement, Walgreens has now directed its stores to allow men full and unrestricted access to women’s restrooms in all of its 8,100 stores,” it said.


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