Transgender woman on Target's statement on bathrooms: "A step in the right direction"

Transgender woman on Target's statement on bathrooms: "A step in the right direction"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Target is under fire after the company released a statement that said transgender people can use bathrooms or changing rooms that match their gender identity.

This is the full statement from the website:

"Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests.

A transgender woman from Hattiesburg named Kaylee Bradshaw said this is a step in the right direction toward equality for LGBT people.

"I feel like what they are doing is very important because it does send a message that 'hey if you're buying, we're selling and we are equals regardless of race, gender, sex or whatever,'" Bradshaw said. "We are all in this together."

Target released the statement after a North Carolina law was passed that prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms and changing rooms that do not match with their biological sex.

Politicians like Ted Cruz said they support the law.

"It doesn't make any sense at all to allow an adult grown man, a stranger, to be allowed alone in the bathroom with a little girl," Cruz said.

The American Family Association agrees and is calling for people to boycott Target. So far, over 400,000 people pledged to stop shopping at the store.

However, frequent customers at Target like Loid Stafford said this is ridiculous.

"I feel like they are blowing the whole thing out of proportion. In other words, if he makes a change to a woman he should go in the woman's bathroom and if she changes to a man he should be able to go to man's bathroom," Stafford said.

Bradshaw said she agrees. Since she transitioned to a woman, she's had positive interactions with people in Mississippi and said she hopes to see more.

"Everyone has always been welcoming of me, in the restroom out of the restroom they open doors for me they say yes ma'm, no ma'm so I believe the people of Mississippi will prevail overall," Bradshaw said.

So far, North Carolina is the only state to make a law about transgender people in bathrooms.