Barnes & Noble, Saks and Starbucks Join Target In Instituting Pro-Trans Bathroom Policies


Last month, after the anti-LGBT legislation that came out of North Carolina and Mississippi, Target released a statement affirming its commitment to allowing trans people to use whatever bathroom makes them feel comfortable.

Now joining them Starbucks, Hudson’s Bay Co.—parent company to Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue—and Barnes & Noble have all come out in support of trans people’s rights to use the bathrooms that best align with their gender identity.

In USA Today representatives from the three companies shared their updated bathroom policies .

“HBC respects and affirms each person’s right to self-identify and access facilities that reflect their gender identity,” said spokeswoman Tiffany Bourré.

Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Riley stated that the company is “looking into additional opportunities to have more gender-neutral signage in our restrooms where jurisdictions allow it.”

“As a company, Barnes & Noble treats all employees and customers with dignity and respect,” spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said. “For our transgender employees and customers, that means that they are allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.”

Good for Starbucks who has been a favorite whipping boy for these groups for a long time. And good for HBC/ Saks & Lord & Taylor and Barnes’s & Noble for standing up to these anti-LGBT bigots.



Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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