Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell has responded to a petition signed by over 1.2 million people and ongoing protests against its policy that allows customers who are men according to their birth sex to go into women's bathrooms by saying that women and girls are safe.
"Our focus on safety is unwavering. And we want to make sure we provide a welcoming environment for all of our guests," Cornell said during an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Wednesday.
In response to the American Family Association's call for the retail giant to offer a unisex bathroom, separate from men's and women's bathrooms, as solution for transgender customers, Cornell asserted, "What's been lost in this story is the fact that the vast majority of our stores, over 1,400 of our stores, already have a family restroom. We are committed over the next few months to make sure every one of our stores has that option."
The AFA has led the boycott Target petition, warning that fluid bathroom rules meant to present transgender people with a choice would allow men to dress as women and potentially harass or abuse children in bathrooms and dressing rooms.
"As someone has recently noted, a transgendered man, for example, who walks past a unisex restroom in order to enter the woman's bathroom is not primarily interested in relieving himself. He wants to make a point," AFA President Tim Wildmon wrote last week as part of his push for Target to install unisex bathrooms in all of its stores.