Target and Kohl’s Face Greater Backlash for Funding an Organization That Promotes Child Mutilation
In the wake of Anheuser-Busch, Target, Chick-fil-A, and a slew of other corporations exploring new pro-LGBT marketing tactics, it seems Kohl’s is now taking a similar approach. With June being designated as “Pride Month,” the clothing store has launched their Pride collection… for infants.
In response to their launch, shoppers and influencers are now calling for everyone to stop spending money at Kohl’s, similar to the Target boycott.
“Kohl’s is still selling their LGBTQ baby collection on their website. Stop giving these people your money,” one conservative Twitter user posted.
While some argue that Kohl’s and Target’s Pride merchandise is reason enough to stop shopping at the stores, others have addressed both corporations’ financial support of a pro-transgender activist group called Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN is known for advocating for students to withhold information from their parents regarding gender identity as well as integrating LGBT ideology into the K-12 curriculum.
In one document published by the organization, it explicitly states that, “Transgender and nonbinary students have the right to discuss and express their gender identity openly and to decide when, with whom, and how much to share private information.” They also pointed out that a student who chooses to “use a different name, to transition at school, or to disclose their gender identity” should not “authorize school staff to disclose a student’s personally identifiable or medical information to anyone.”
It was reported that Kohl’s donated $35,000 to GLSEN last year, while Target gifted the organization $2.1 million. With Target under recent fire and Kohl’s now facing a similar downfall, Fox News made a new discovery, connecting the organization and Target.
“Carlos Saavedra is a vice president of brand marketing at Target and a treasurer at GLSEN,” Fox reported on Monday. Although “Target and Saavedra did not immediately respond to a request for comment,” Fox later revealed a statement from Target surrounding the situation.
“GLSEN leads the movement in creating affirming ... and anti-racist spaces for LGBTQIA+ students,” they wrote. “We are proud of 10+ years of collaboration with GLSEN and continue to support their mission.”
“GLSEN carries out its mission in part by recruiting teachers and administrators through training sessions and conferences,” J.P. Duffy, senior vice president of Communications at Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand. “And Target knows exactly what it is funding. For decades, GLSEN has been pushing its propaganda — not only at all grade levels — but in curriculum for all kinds of class subjects beyond health education.”
Although Target and Kohl’s are the two corporations who have received the most backlash for financially donating to GLSEN, the organization receives money from several other name-brand companies like Disney, Hollister, PetSmart, and YouTube.
“Until Target changes its ways,” Duffy concluded, “Americans should shop with retailers who respect the right of parents to impart values to their children.”