Target removes LGBTQ products after customer backlash

Target removes LGBTQ products after customer backlash

US retailer Target is removing some items from its LGBTQ Pride collection after facing a backlash from customers.

“Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work,” it said in a statement.

“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.”

Target did not specify which items it was removing, but its Pride Collection includes “gender fluid” mugs, “queer all year” calendars and books for children aged two-eight titled Pride 1, 2, 3, I’m Not A Girl and Bye Bye, Binary.

The collection contains more than 2,000 products.

One of the items that received the most backlash was a women’s swimsuit described as “tuck friendly”, which would allow trans women who have not had surgery to tuck their genitalia.

Designs by London-based company Abprallen, which designs and sells occult and satanic-themed LGBTQ clothing and accessories, have also been criticized.

A Target spokesperson told Reuters the products it is withdrawing would be removed from its US stores and website.