Attorneys General from 15 states, including Connecticut, sent a letter to Target urging the organization to continue supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, despite recent events in stores involving intimidation and destruction of Pride-related merchandise, as well as Target's subsequent decision to remove some Pride merchandise from stores.
The letter was co-authored by Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell, and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
The AGs offered their support to Target to help address anti-LGBTQIA+ threats and harassment in Target stores, and told the company to report criminal acts.
But where was this support in 2020 when Black Lives Matters protestors were smashing windows, destroying shelves, and hauling away everything they could grab from Target stores in Minnesota, for instance? That is the Minnesota Attorney General seal on the letter, isn't it?
The letter goes on to lament "politically-motivated" attacks on discussing radical gender ideology in public schools, on gender-affirming care (e.g., using chemical castration drugs on children, surgically removing healthy sex organs of children), and on drag performances in front of children.
The Attorneys General asserted that Target's decision to pull Pride merchandise demonstrated that large corporations have succumbed to bullying, intentional violence and intimidation.
The letter went on to encourage Target to continue its support of the LGBTQIA+ community with the knowledge that their states have laws protecting against discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity in places of public accommodation like Target stores.
The AGs finished the letter by urging Target to double-down on inclusivity, reject hate in all its
forms, and stand firm in the face of intimidation and discrimination.
The letter was signed by AGs from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Target hit a new low on June 11, 2023, trading at 126.48, but is now trading a bit higher at 132.30.