Thursday, May 25, 2023

Organizations that have signed on to the statement include UltraViolet, Equality Federation, Georgia Equality, Equality Virginia, CenterLink, Garden State Equality, Matthew Shepard Foundation, NMAC

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, GLSEN, Family Equality, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Black Justice Coalition, in partnership with more than 100 organizations, renewed their call for Target and the business community to reject and speak out against anti-LGBTQ+ extremism going into Pride Month. Additionally, the coalition stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ employees at companies like Target, as well as the designers of Pride merchandise, who have experienced horrendous, unhinged attacks while simply showing up to work. Harassment and threats of violence, anywhere and at any time, against good people just doing their jobs to make a living is completely unacceptable and irrational. As highlighted in the statement below, the coalition has communicated expectations that Target provide necessary security measures for employees’ safety while also showing support for the LGBTQ+ community by denouncing extremists.

The full coalition statement is as follows: 

Recent pushback against businesses such as Anheuser-Busch and Target, blatantly organized by extremist groups, serves as a wake up call for all businesses that support the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve seen this extremist playbook of attacks before. Their goal is clear: to prevent  LGBTQ+ inclusion and representation, silence our allies and make our community invisible. These attacks fuel hate against LGBTQ+ people, just as we’ve seen this year with more than 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that restrict basic freedoms and aim to erase LGBTQ+ people.

Extremist attacks and harassment of businesses for standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and values of diversity, equity and inclusion have challenged Target, and businesses more broadly, to lead – to demonstrate they mean what they say when investing in and standing with LGBTQ+ people, creatives, and organizations. Businesses must continue to lead and respond with unwavering support for LGBTQ+ employees, shareholders, customers, allies – and the broader community. When values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are tested, businesses must defend them unequivocally.

Doubling down on your values is not only the right thing to do, it’s good for business. Research shows that if a brand publicly supports and demonstrates a commitment to expanding and protecting LGBTQ+ rights, Americans are 2x more likely to buy or use the brand. Americans ages 18-34 are 5.5x more likely to want to work at a company if it publicly supports and demonstrates a commitment to expanding and protecting LGBTQ+ rights.

It isn’t just LGBTQ+ consumers and communities: 70% of non-LGBTQ+ people believe companies should publicly support and include the LGBTQ+ community through practices like hiring, advertising, and sponsorships (Accelerating Acceptance, 2023).

At this moment, it’s critical that Target champions equity and inclusion as it has for over a decade. Target consistently tops the list for brands that show genuine, authentic support of the LGBTQ+ community through outreach and policies. Target received recognition for outstanding commitment to DEI from the Executive Leadership Council in 2022. It’s time to prove the recognition was earned.   

When it comes to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, there is no such thing as neutrality. 

We’re calling on Target to:

  • release a public statement in the next 24 hours reaffirming their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community
  • put Pride merchandise back on the sales floor and online in full
  • ensure safety of team members who are on the front lines 

Target, and all businesses, can leverage the support of LGBTQ+ organizations to navigate this hate, so that together, we can let extremists know unequivocally that, just as with every other failed anti-LGBTQ+ campaign of the past, fear will not win.

The following organizations have signed on to the statement:

  • AAPI Victory Alliance
  • Accountable For Equality
  • Ace and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio
  • Alaskans Together for Equality
  • All Under One Roof LGBT Advocates of Southeastern Idaho
  • Alliance For Full Acceptance
  • Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization
  • Bans Off Miami
  • Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
  • Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)
  • Brooklyn Community Pride Center
  • Capital Pride Alliance
  • Carolinas CARE Partnership
  • CASA
  • CASA in Action
  • Center for Psychological Growth
  • Center on Halsted
  • CenterLink: The Community of LGBTQ Centers
  • Central Valley Pride
  • Centre LGBT+
  • City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission
  • Colors+
  • Compass LGBTQ Community Center
  • Delmarva Pride Center
  • Diverse & Resilient
  • Eastern PA Trans Equity Project
  • Emerald Coast Equality
  • Equality California
  • Equality Community Center
  • Equality Federation
  • Equality Michigan
  • Equality NC
  • Equality New York
  • Equality Virginia
  • EqualityMaine
  • EqualityMaine
  • Equitas Health
  • Fairness Campaign
  • Family Equality
  • Florida Freedom to Read Project
  • Freedom Oklahoma
  • Freedom Virginia
  • Garden State Equality
  • Georgia Equality
  • GMHC
  • Grand Strand PRIDE
  • Henderson Equality Center
  • Hope CommUnity Center
  • Hudson Pride Center
  • I Am Human Foundation
  • inclusion tennessee
  • Indiana Youth Group (IYG)
  • Institute for LGBT Health and Wellbeing
  • InterPride
  • Kaleidoscope Youth Center
  • Lavender Rights Project
  • Lexington Pride Center
  • LGBT Center of Raleigh
  • LGBT Detroit
  • LGBT+ Family & Games
  • LGBTQ Center OC
  • LGBTQ+ Center of Southern Nevada
  • Live Out Loud
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Louisiana Trans Advocates
  • Make the Road Nevada
  • Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
  • Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
  • MoCo Pride Center
  • Muncie OUTreach LGBTQ+ Center
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National LGBTQ Task Force
  • NMAC
  • North Las Vegas Equality Center
  • North San Diego County LGBTQ Resource Center
  • NYC Pride
  • Oklahoma Progress Now
  • One Colorado
  • One In Long Beach, Inc.
  • OUTMemphis
  • OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center
  • Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
  • Point of Pride
  • Pride at Work – Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter
  • Pride Foundation
  • Prism Counseling & Community Services
  • Project Pride SRQ
  • Queer Northshore
  • QUEERSPACE collective
  • Qweerty Gamers
  • Rainbow Rose Center
  • Real Mama Bears
  • Resource Center
  • Rockland County Pride Center
  • Sacramento LGBT Community Center
  • Seacoast Outright
  • Shoals Diversity Center
  • Silver State Equality
  • SPEKTRUM Health
  • St. Tammany Library Alliance
  • Stonewall Columbus
  • Tennessee Equality Project
  • The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection
  • The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
  • the Montrose Center
  • The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc
  • The Personal Stories Project
  • The Pride Center at Equality Park
  • The Sacred Cloth Project
  • The Spahr Center
  • TransFamily Support Services
  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
  • Transgender Resource Education and Enrichment Services-TREES Inc.
  • Transinclusive Group
  • TransOhio
  • Truth Wins Out
  • UltraViolet
  • Upstate SC LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce
  • Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA)
  • Us Giving Richmond Connections
  • Waves Ahead Corp
  • We Are Family
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Women’s Emergency Network
  • Woodhull Freedom Foundation
  • YouthSeen
  • Zebra Youth
  • 603 Equality


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Since its founding, NCLR has maintained a longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the LGBTQ community’s most vulnerable. www.nclrights.org