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Target bathroom policy creates social media firestorm

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Target released this version of its logo to show support for inclusivity. (Source: Target) Target released this version of its logo to show support for inclusivity. (Source: Target)
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Search for Target, transgender and bathroom in your social media accounts, and you'll find a firestorm of posts.

The retail giant's policy allowing customers and employees to use whichever bathroom they self-identify with has people posting like crazy.

But are some comments going too far?

Mt. Juliet Pastor Greg Locke posted a two-minute video that went viral. In the video, he vents about the store’s policy in the parking lot of a local Target.

"Have you lost your ever-loving mind? Are you kidding me? Your political correctness has caused you to something extraordinarily stupid," said Locke in the video.

Later in the video, Locke said, "What you are targeting is perverts and pedophiles."

Others have been sharing a Target inclusivity logo in which part of the bullseye has rainbow colors.

A picture shared on Murfreesboro shooting instructor Tim Guy’s Facebook includes text that reads, "Bathroom classes in progress. You walk in on me, and they will need to carry you out."

"It was kind of supposed to be a joke, but he is also saying, ‘Look, you walk in on my wife or daughter or somebody, you're going to have problems,'" Guy said.

Guy said he feels the policy literally opens the door to pedophiles.

"How long is it going to be before somebody goes in, a child gets upset, she comes out running and screaming, ‘There is a man in the bathroom!’ Somebody is going to get hurt," Guy said.

But Carla Lewis, who is transgender, said nothing is really changing.

"You’ve been using the restroom with transgender people for as long as you've been alive. You just didn't know it. We are not a threat," Lewis said.

Target is headquartered in Minnesota. In 1993, the state passed an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. Therefore, transgender people have been able to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with for the last 23 years.

"They have not passed any new policy. They are just reaffirming the one they have always had," Lewis said.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder sent Channel 4 this statement:

We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions. As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team an inclusive place to work -- and our guests an inclusive place to shop – we continue to believe that this is the right thing for Target.

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