Anti-LGBTQ stickers left inside children’s books on sale at the Montana Target/LGBTQ Nation store
A Reddit user posted a photo of a vulgar sticker found inside a children’s book on sale at a Target store in Kalispell, Montana. Anti-LGBTQ sticker includes a “fact” about gay people that is not true.
The user said in their post that three stickers were discovered when a customer purchased three books. All included the stickers.
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“NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF” proclaims the all caps sticker at the top. “78% OF GAYS HAVE STDs (SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES)” the sticker continues.
To ensure customers are clear on the intention of the cowardly vandal, the sticker features a rainbow and a clip art of a man with a beard wearing a pink skirt with a top. in rainbow colors and opera gloves. They were found stuck inside the blanket.
“We’re in a pretty conservative community that’s still a decade behind,” said an employee who asked to remain anonymous. LGBTQ Nation. “Our team is made up of amazing LGBTQ people and we always get a lot of dirty looks and Karens wants to see the managers just for us wearing our Pride shirts.”
Evangelical churches frequently leave stickers or similar literature inside books at libraries or retail outlets. They also leave fliers instead of tips if they realize their server is from the LGBTQ community; most look like fake money meant to trick the server into collecting it. The pamphlets or memos urge queer people to “repent” and miraculously become cisgender or heterosexual. Churches often confuse gender identity with sexual orientation.
Last year, a Maine-based TikTok star raised more than $10,000 for the LGBTQ community in honor of a gay waiter who was discriminated against by the people he served at a restaurant.
“As a rule, I try not to make videos when I’m mad,” she said in the video posted during Pride Month, “but if you can’t tell by my chest right now, I’m angry.”
She went on to explain that she had worked in restaurants for fifteen years and could not believe what had happened.
“I don’t care who your God is,” she said. “If you do that, you’re an asshole. And you can justify it any way you want, but it’s not in your book.
A gay couple walking down the street in Manhattan in early 2021 noticed two women posting vulgar stickers disparaging transgender people and quickly acted to confront them. One of the men filmed the encounter and it quickly made national news.
The stickers said: “Transwomen [sic] are men and most have a penis.
LGBTQ Nation contacted Target for comment but did not receive a response by post.