Target Puts Urinals in Women’s Bathrooms

A photograph of urinals was not taken in the women's bathroom of a Target store, nor has the chain announced plans for such installations.

  • Published 25 April 2016


The Target retail chain has installed urinals in their women's bathrooms.

It's true ... I'm in the women's bathroom at a Target north of LA ... they actually took out a stall for women in order to accommodate the ones who have giblets ... yes, these are urinals ... for men ... and so the war on women progresses ...

Collected via Facebook, April 2016



In April 2016, a blurry photograph purportedly showing two urinals that had been installed in a women’s bathroom at a Target retail store in Los Angeles spread widely on Facebook. The picture was posted amidst debate over the chain’s announced policy of allowing transgender individuals to use restrooms of their choosing:

In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.

Outrage over the policy quickly spread on social media, with the American Family Association starting a “Boycott Target Pledge” which quickly garnered more than a half million signatures. But although some consumers have genuine concerns over Target’s policy of allowing transgender individuals to use the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities, the online outrage has also spurred a number of transphobic and baseless items spread via social media.

For instance, the above-displayed picture has nothing to do with Target’s restroom policy. The image was not taken in a women’s restroom at a Los Angeles Target store (rather a men’s room that was undergoing repair or refurbishment) and makes little sense given that individuals of any gender can use stalls for their bathroom needs, but urinals are not generally suitable for women.

Target has also affirmatively denied any plans to install urinals in their women’s restrooms:

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