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It’s Painful, But So Is Inequality: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

You may or may not have heard about Target’s latest kerfuffle; basically they’ve donated $150k to a local PAC group that is promoting the election of an individual who doesn’t support equal rights/gay marriage.

I don’t like this. Not one bit.

I heard the report on NPR yesterday and was pissed at the lack of logic in their CEO’s statement (we support teh Gayz! we also support teh Crazy who doesn’t!). And, as much as it pains me, I’m not shopping there until they fix this. The beauty of the internet is that the more people who voice their anger and concerns, along with their boycott, the faster it can be resolved. There’s a Facebook group, and you can sign a pre-written petition at Change.org. I chose to write my own letter, because I love Target and I don’t want to have to shop somewhere else.  I hope that if enough people do this, Target can undo the damage they’ve done to their brand.

Email to Mark Schindele (Senior Vice President), Denise May (CEO Assistant) and Gregg Steinhafel (Chairman, President and CEO):

I have shopped at Target my entire adult life. It has always been my store of preference. I have a Target Visa. I purchase household items, makeup, food, entertainment and Target has always been my number-one destination to purchase those items. I lived in Minneapolis after college for over 5 years, and still carry with me the desire to read the sale flyer before all other things on Sunday. My loyalty to your brand, your store and your products has always been unwavering.
So it is with great regret that I must suspend shopping at Target until your position on the current support for Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Emmer is reversed. Your logic is flawed, and I quote from your statement on Monday: “Let me be very clear, Target’s support of the GLBT community is unwavering, and inclusiveness remains a core value of our company.” Mr. Steinhafel, when you support a candidate who does not support equal rights for the gay community, you do not support the GLBT community. Your money is working in direct opposition of that community.  You may be comfortable with that inconsistency, but I am not. Therefore, my money is not going to your company until you issue a retraction of your support for this candidate, and donate an equal sum ($150,000) to a local or national organization that seeks to further the fight for equality and civil rights for my gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered peers.




  1. Beth

    This one hurts. I’m also stunned as I thought Target was a good left-leaning, blue-state kind of business. Thank the gods there is still Costco…

  2. Lynn Z

    This makes me so sad. I LOVE Target. Nothing makes me happier than wandering through a Target. When I lived in middle of nowhere Oklahoma I would drive an hour to shop at Target rather than shop at the Walmart that was 5 minutes from my house. Now that there are two Targets within a mile of my house, I’m there at least once a week. And when I go there to buy a $3 package of batteries, somehow I come out of there with $147 of other things I didn’t realize I just couldn’t live without. I hope they’ll miss my business as much as I’ll miss them.

  3. korin

    aw, Tar-gay, why you gotta play me like that? Poop. Im sharing your blog post on facebook 🙂

  4. shannon in oregon

    i hope they rescind their contribution. otherwise, it’s been nice…but must find a different store. ugh.

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