Target shopper ‘banned over transgender views’ seeks anti-discrimination ruling | The Australian
Retailer Target faces an anti-discrimination tribunal complaint after one of its staff allegedly tried to eject a female customer because of her views on transgender rights.
Lesbian activist Jessica Hoyle alleges she was ordered to leave the Launceston Target store by a non-binary staff member who called her a “TERF”, a term for feminists who exclude transgender women.
In a complaint lodged with Equal Opportunity Tasmania, Miss Hoyle said at the time of the incident she was wearing clothing featuring the logo of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Tasmania, which does not advocate for transgender people. According to Miss Hoyle and witnesses, she was talking to two other shoppers about “the need for female-only lesbian events” and female, rather than gender-neutral, toilets.
Her complaint – rejected on August 31 by anti-discrimination commissioner Sarah Bolt but now under tribunal review – alleges the staff member discriminated on the basis of her sexual orientation and political beliefs.
Miss Hoyle, who is appealing the decision to Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, said it was wrong for a retailer to eject someone over a private conservation or for wearing gay rights logos. “It was a private conversation – surely we’re allowed to talk about anything without being harassed by staff members,” she said.