Headline RoundupMay 24th, 2023

Target Pulls Some LGBTQ-themed Merchandise From Stores

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On Tuesday, Target announced that it would be removing certain LGBTQ-themed merchandise from stores ahead of Pride Month following customer backlash.

The Details: Target offers more than 2,000 products as part of its Pride Collection, including music, clothing, books, and home furnishings. The collection this year has reportedly led to increased confrontations between customers and employees, with video showing customers vandalizing Pride-themed displays and criticizing attire seemingly marketed toward transgender children

Key Quote: “Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work,” Target said in a statement Tuesday. "Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plans, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior."

How the Media Covered it: The removal of some items in Target's Pride Collection was covered by sources across the political spectrum, with some business-focused sources highlighting how Target's shares have plummeted 6% this month. Sources on all sides covered the situation in the context of Bud Light's recent marketing controversy with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

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