Target Store Faces Bomb Threats After Removing LGBTQ+ Products

After management removed LGBTQ-themed products in response to criticism from conservative customers, Target locations in at least three US states received bomb threats. According to one comment, the shop is "cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community."

An anonymous letter to Cleveland 19 News on Friday stated, "Target is full of [redacted] cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community and decided to cater to the homophobic right wing redneck bigots who protested and vandalized their store."

The sender of the message added, "We won't stand idly by as the far right continues to hunt us down," and claimed to have set explosives in four Target shops in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. Four Target shops in Utah received comparable threats, and at least one store in the state was evacuated, according to KUTV.

Police in Ohio concluded that the threat was a fake after finding no bombs anywhere. Officers are presently working to identify the offender in Ohio and Utah.

Prior to June's Pride Month, Target filled their aisles with LGBTQ-themed goods, which is when the issue started. Tuck-friendly swimsuits, which are female swimsuits with an additional "pouch" and crotch area to allow males to conceal their genitalia, as well as hoodies and bags with the slogans "cure transphobia, not trans people" and "too queer for here" were among the goods made available.

Conservatives online mocked the "tuck-friendly" swimwear, and the London-based creator of the shirts and bags was charged of being a Satanist. He has referred to this claim as "false," yet he earlier admitted on social media that he was okay with the term.

Target stated last week that it will remove some of its LGBT collection and move the remainder to the rear of select stores in Southern regions after customers in several states pulled over item displays and furiously assaulted workers. The decision was taken, according to a business source who spoke to Fox News, in order to prevent "a Bud Light situation," in reference to the beer brand's contentious support of transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, which led to a boycott that cost parent firm Anheuser-Busch InBev $15 billion.

But the LGBT community was upset once again by Target's attempt to appease angry conservatives. Accusing the store of "selling out the LGBTQ+ community to extremists," California Governor Gavin Newsom asserted that "there is a systematic attack on the gay community happening across the country."

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