Every year, the George Washington University Residence Hall Association hosts “Target Takeover,” a couple of days at the beginning of the school year during which busses take students to the local Target store to buy supplies. In light of recent events, I am – as an LGBT student of GWU – calling on the GWU RHA and the GWU administration to cut its ties to Target and call off the event.
GWU has always been known as a gay-friendly school. Sure, it's not perfect (but we're working on it – stay tuned for gender-neutral housing within the next few years), but we are definitely better than associating ourselves with a corporation that donated $150,000 to the vehemently anti-gay Tom Emmer via the Minnesota Forward PAC. Washington University has already dropped Target, and it's time for GWU to do the same. Based on Target's homophobic campaign contributions – and its lackluster “apology” and unwillingness to make financial amends – I implore the GWU RHA to renounce its relationship with Target altogether.
In order to make my voice as an LGBT student heard, I have launched a campaign to call on members of the RHA directly to dump Target. I emailed members of the RHA Executive Board, urging them to cancel “Target Takeover.” I ask that my fellow students, LGBT and straight allies, do the same. Even if you are not a member of the GWU community, you should still get involved – the RHA should know that the nation is watching.
So please, join the Facebook event and send a quick email to the following people telling them to drop Target:
Let's make sure that the George Washington University stands up for ALL of its students.