More than 392,000 people have signed an online pledge to boycott Target after the retail giant said that transgender employees and customers could use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, irrespective of their biological sex.
"This means a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom...even if young girls or women are already in there," says American Family Association's online #BoycottTarget pledge, which was launched after Target announced Tuesday, "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 exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?" the pledge asks. more >>
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said he feels "very strongly" that issues related to North Carolina's law that says people must use bathrooms according to their biological sex should be decided by the state, hours after criticizing the legislation.
"I love North Carolina, and they have a law, and it's a law that, you know, unfortunately is causing them some problems," Trump said in an interview on Fox News. "And I fully understand that they want to go through, but they are losing business, and they are having people come out against."
Some businesses have boycotted North Carolina over the law. more >>
At a joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in London, President Obama said the laws in North Carolina concerning use of bathrooms as per biological sex and in Mississippi that protects opponents of gay marriage from being punished for their religious beliefs, should be "overturned." He also said the Syrian conflict can be solved only with political negotiations, and that he listened to Prince's "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" before his bilateral meetings.
"I want everybody here in the United Kingdom to know that the people of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people," Obama said at the press conference, after a reporter asked him about the laws. "They are hospitable people. They are beautiful states, and you are welcome, and you should come and enjoy yourselves, and I think you'll be treated with extraordinary hospitality."
The U.K. recently issued a travel advisory, saying, "The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi." more >>
Despite generally declining mortality, the suicide rate in America is climbing and the sharpest rate increase is among young girls between the ages of 10 and 14, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a data brief released Thursday that cites suicide among the 10 leading causes of death in the nation, the CDC revealed that the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014 from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 of the population.
In 2014 alone, 42,773 Americans died of suicide and when broken down by race, the statistics show that black males were the only racial or ethnic group to have a lower suicide rate in 2014 than in 1999. more >>
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards equated her controversial Wednesday visit to Georgetown University, the nation's oldest Catholic college, and the fight for so-called reproductive rights with the nation's fight to end slavery and racism.
Richards, whose visit to the Jesuit school came under much scrutiny from the Archdiocese of Washington and the pro-life community, was invited to speak by Georgetown's student-run Lecture Fund and addressed an invite-only room full of pro-choice students.
However, members of the student group Georgetown Right for Life were able to obtain an audio recording of Richard's speech and ensuing question-and-answer session, which was obtained by The Christian Post through Students for Life of America. more >>
A 16-year-old Yazidi girl has revealed in her testimony that Islamic State fighters raped every last girl older than age 8 in her community, including one 9-year-old girl who was raped by so many men she died from her injuries.
The girl's testimony was shared by British Conservative MP Fiona Bruce earlier this week, after members of Parliament voted unanimously to declare IS' treatment of Christians and Yazidis a genocide, and refer the issue to the United Nations Security Council.
Bruce did not reveal the name of the girl, but said that she witnessed her own father and brother killed in front of her when IS attacked her community. more >>