A Target Team Member’s Open Letter To Target, its CEO, & Those Protesting on Saturday.

Aug 12, 2010 · 1985 views

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To those mentioned above and all others affected by this situation, Thank you for taking the time to read this. Earlier today, I received word that local LBGT groups plan to protest at the newly […]


  1. You sure you really want to speak to this as you are a new employee? Haven’t you been unemployed long enough? No one is going to hold you responsible for the actions on the corporate side of things.

    • Frankly, I have been harassed by my friends for checking in at Target. I was very careful in my wording that I am confident this will not result in the scenario you mention.

      In all honesty, gay employees at Target are some of the hardest hit by this situation and we conversely don’t have much of a voice for the very reason you mention.

      I feel like this perspective needs to be known by both sides, and could have a positive outcome.

      • If I were you, I wouldn’t address it publicly nor would I use four square to check into my work.

        Your job is your job and your friends should be OK with it. Yes, what Target did is bad but there are a lot of other shitty companies out there that do worse and treat their employees unfairly.

        Hang in there, shut up and I’m sure Target will do the right thing. If you hate your job, well, that’s another story.

  2. Pat Lee says:


    This was very eloquently and fairly stated, and especially brave given your employment at Target. I hope people do realize the distinction between protesting Target as a corporation versus those who are simply employed by them. Personally I think there are many worse companies out there, and I like that Target has at least been responsive and apologetic about what’s been going on. Hopefully they will take the advice of the HRC and cease these type of divisive political contributions in the future.


  3. Daniel says:

    I would just lay low and collect the paycheck. A gurls gotta get paid, ok?

  4. Thanks everyone for your concern, but it would be a huge PR mistake firing a gay employee over this. I’m really not concerned that I will lose my job. The fact of the matter is that out of all the big box retailers out there, Target treats its employee the best. It’s not unfair to them like Wal-Mart. Also, for them to fire me over this would most likely result in even worse PR for them with regards to their treatment of the gay community.

    As I said, I’m truly not worried.

  5. Lair Scott says:


  6. Kelli Busey says:

    God bless you RyanJustice. I read the comments from peeps who think you should not have said anything. Bullshit. If we acquiescent to injustice we suffer the worst for it. I love your bravery Mr RyanJustice.

    I was a new transgender employee of a Walmart and was in the lunch room while the infamous Jerry Springer show “Is it a man or Woman’ was on.

    The whole lunchroom was shouting out in a uproar making bets about who was fooling them about being a ‘real’ woman. Who they’d fuck ect.

    I stood up in front of the TV and told them we have feelings and are human! I toke the remote from a burly man and changed the channel.

    I was up in front of the store management the very next day and they demanded a explanation. By the end of the interview they promised to change the channel selection on the TV so it would not show anymore ‘springer’ type shows again./ They promised to equally uphold the companies second motto ‘Respect the Individual’.

    After a year I am still a valued employee at that Walmat in the very center of the most conservative state of Texas and they have been true to there word without fault.

    STAND UP for your DIGNITY! DO NOT lie down in subservience and hope your invisibility will shield you!

    GOD BLESS You RyanJustice!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I am sorry to hear of the struggles you have gone through at Wal-Mart, but am grateful that out of that ordeal everything turned out for the best for you.

      Oh, and Ryan Justice is my name. I’m not sure why there isn’t a space in it, alot of people think its a wacky username I came up with. 馃檪

  7. Chessi Trouble says:


    I really admire you for this. It’s been years since I’ve seen you, but next time I do, you’re getting a huge giant hug.

    Thank you for being awesome.

  8. Jeff Stoddard says:

    Another approach is to write, FAX, email members of Target鈥檚 Board of Directors

    These directors:
    Richard M. Kovacevich
    Anne M. Mulcahy
    ……Solomon D. Trujillo
    Stephen W. Sanger
    can be reached at:
    Target Corporation
    1000 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    E-mail: investorrelations@target.com

    Director Roxanne S. Austin can be reached at
    Move Networks, Inc.
    President Roxanne S. Austin
    796 East Utah Valley Drive
    American Fork, UT 84003
    801-756-5805 phone
    801-756-5806 fax
    email: usinfo@movenetworks.com

    Director Calvin Darden can be reached at
    Darden Development Group, LLC
    Attn: Calvin Darden
    885 Woodstock Road
    Roswell, GA 30075-2277
    Phone: (678) 585-9595

    Director Mary N. Dillon can be reached at
    United States Cellular Corporation
    Mary N. Dillon, President and Chief Executive Officer
    8410 W. Bryn Mawr
    Suite 700
    Chicago, IL 60631-3486
    Telephone: (773)399-8900, 888-944-9400

    Director James A. Johnson can be reached at
    Perseus, LLC
    James A. Johnson, Vice Chairman
    2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 9th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    Tel.: 202-452-0101
    Fax: 202-429-0588

    Director Mary E. Minnick can be reached at
    Lion Capital Inc
    Mary E. Minnick, Partner
    888 7th Avenue
    43rd Floor
    New York, NY 10019
    Tel: +1 212 314 1900
    Fax: +1 212 314 1950

    Director Derica W. Rice can be reached at
    Eli Lilly & Company
    Derica W. Rice, Chief Financial Officer
    Lilly Corporate Center
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46285
    Phone: 317-276-2000

    Director John G. Stumpf can be reached at
    Wells Fargo & Company
    John G. Stumpf, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer,
    420 Montgomery Street
    San Francisco, CA 94104

  9. Tina says:

    Thanks for speaking up,Ryan – I think it’s like soldiers who disagree with their generals about the war — the stronger the movement is, the safer you are. Emmer (who Target’s money supported)is also anti-worker, pro-tax cuts, and probably anti-union. We’re in good company to object to Target’s support to this creep!

  10. George says:

    Ryan, although I don’t know you personally, you come across as an amazing guy. I’ve been an avid reader of your blog here and on ChicagoNow for a couple of months now. And always enjoyed what you had say, especially concerning issues affecting the gay community. So I just wanted to let you know that I support you wholeheartedly. Keep up the great work, my friend !


    It takes courage to speak when your livelihood could be at stake. But your carefully worded mail conveys message of enlightenment to Target authority (considering what we contribute to fashion, advertisement and retail.) Your speaking out may also have given hope and peace to other lgbt workers in your establishment. We need more of you everywhere. Ryan. Kudos!

  12. The Milkman says:

    It’s never wrong to stand up and demand your equal civil and human rights.

    Good on you. 馃檪

  13. South Texas Team Member says:

    Just remember, Ryan, even though Target is your employer, they do not have the right to silence ANY opinion you may have about them, nor can they terminate you for such a reason.

    I, myself, have problems with some of Target’s policies and are very vocal about it when I’m off the clock.

    Keep free-thinking alive amongst us all… that’s what makes everyone unique 馃檪

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