Which stores are most friendly to crossdressers?
June is Pride month and with how many businesses changing their social media profiles to rainbows you’d think EVERYONE loved us. And why wouldn’t they? We’re all so cute.
I can’t speak for every single business out there, but if we look at the major chains (such as the Targets and Walmarts and Starbucks of the world), all of them want our money, and they want people to shop at their stores. Of course no store has a written discrimination policy. It all comes down to training their employees to treat every guest/shopper with great customer service. I can’t imagine any company explicitly writing in their training manual to be rude/mean to members of the LGBTQ+ community. That being said, some companies do more than others to make their shoppers feel more welcome and included than others. A few years ago Target announced that guests at their stores are invited to use the restrooms and fitting rooms that align with their gender identity.
However, does this mean every t-girl and crossdresser will have a trouble-free shopping experience at Target? No. Remember, stores are run by people. Stores are visited by people. Target’s corporate policy seems to be inclusive, but the company’s mission statement can only go so far. Sure, the cashier was trained to provide friendly customer service, but if they hate transpeople there’s a chance they’ll be rude to a girl like us, no matter what Target’s policy is. Same thing with customers. The first time I went out en femme I went to Target and the employees were nice, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a customer or two looked at me in a less than friendly way.
When it comes to a local business, I am a lot more confident I am welcome there if they have a “All Are Welcome Here” sign in their window, or something similar. Businesses in more liberal parts of a city are likely to have more experience with someone from the LGBTQ+ community than a more rural area. And yes I know there is an overly generalized statement and there are exceptions to everything. I wish I I could provide a list of all the stores in the world that are friendly to the LGBTQ+ community but that is impossible. Really the only way you’ll know is if you go there and decide for yourself if they deserve your money.
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