A video of a woman parading around a Target store with a Bible protesting the retail company’s transgender bathroom policy has gone viral.
Fox 8 Cleveland reported Tuesday the unidentified woman in the Youtube video is carrying a Bible through the store and yelling, “America, when are you going to wake up? It’s time to take a stand and have a voice.”
The woman, who said she’s a mother of 12, called Target’s bathroom policy a “wicked practice” and said she wouldn’t shop there. Some people begin to walk out of the store during the two-minute video.
It’s unclear which Target the woman is walking through. The clip was posted on Saturday and has already garnered nearly 300,000 views.
Target released a statement late last month that took aim at the so-called “bathroom laws” seeking to restrict men’s and women’s bathrooms to the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate.
“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways,” the statement said. “Most relevant for the conversations currently under way, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
Target’s policy is not new, but is simply a more pronounced “restatement” of an existing corporate rule, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in April.
The bathroom question turned into a national debate after North Carolina enacted legislation in March to restrict who could and could not use men’s and women’s bathrooms. Proponents of the law believe it’s needed to keep potential sexual predators out of the bathroom of the opposite sex. Opponents say it’s insensitive to transgender people, who don’t identify with the gender on their birth certificate.
The law gained even more notoriety after several music acts, such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, canceled concerts in the state in response to the legislation.