A Pennsylvania man was arrested last month for drilling holes in the women’s dressing rooms of a Target store with the intention of spying, The Mercury reports. Sean Christopher Anderson, 41, was initially charged with criminal mischief and possessing an instrument of crime, but had his charges upgraded this Monday to invasion of privacy and possessing child pornography.
Now, the right-wing Christian group American Family Association is trying to use his case as proof of the urgency of their boycott campaigns targeting Target’s gender-neutral bathrooms, but as LGBTQ Nation points out, Anderson is a straight cisgender man.
Speaking to LGBTQ Nation, AFA president Tim Wildmon tried to argue that their opposition to gender-neutral bathrooms doesn’t specifically focus on trans people.
“As AFA has stated many times, our worries do not stem from fear of the transgender community, but rather from both the real and potential threat that predators and voyeurs would take advantage of the Target restroom policy to harm women and children — and there are plenty of incidents to show that they have,” Wildmom stated.
Sean Christopher Anderson, 41, of #Elverson, #Chesco originally charged with criminal mischief & possessing an instrument of crime, saw charges upgraded on Monday to include invasion of privacy & possessing child pornography, according to #MontcoPa #Court records.
Sean Anderson pic.twitter.com/yjirj20DR7
— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) June 10, 2019
Target has been the subject of boycotts from anti-LGBT groups, and the AFA is no exception. In 2017, the group urged Christians to boycott the retailer in response to its policy of making its public bathrooms open to all genders. But the boycott was widely seen as a failure, with U.S. Target officials telling the Wall Street Journal in April of 2017 that “any lost sales from the boycott weren’t significant enough to require reporting to investors.”
The AFA has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which points out that a “large part” of the group’s work involves targeting the LGBT community through various means, “including publicizing companies that have pro-gay policies and organizing boycotts against them.”
“AFA also supports President Trump’s efforts to ban trans people from serving in the military, posting a statement on its website in July 2017 that stated, in part, ‘AFA applauds President Trump for his courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness.’ The policy has been challenged in court, and thus far has been ruled against,” the SPLC states on its website. “Trump tried a retooled ban in early March, but in August, a U.S. district judge ruled that the administration could not enforce a ban and the judge refused to lift an injunction that she had issued against the original ban.”
Scottish lawmaker: Reasonable grounds to suspect Trump or his associates ‘have been involved in serious crime’
A Member of the Scottish Parliament is asking his fellow ministers to investigate President Donald Trump’s deals through which he acquired his properties in Scotland, including Trump’s two multi-million dollar losing golf courses. President Trump prizes his Turnberry, Scotland resort, but reports that the American president is using the U.S. federal government to help keep it afloat have dogged him.
Florida woman zips boyfriend into suitcase and lets him suffocate: police
A Florida woman zipped her boyfriend into a suitcase and recorded video as he suffocated to death, police said.
Sarah Boone was arrested on second-degree murder charges in the death of Jorge Torres Jr., who died inside a suitcase during an apparent domestic dispute, reported WESH-TV.
The 42-year-old Boone told police that she had been drinking chardonnay with Torres, who she said agreed to climb into the suitcase and be zipped inside as a joke.
Rudy Giuliani whines he only has ‘five friends left’ in latest cell phone misadventure
On Thursday, the New York Daily News reported that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani accidentally complained to a journalist that he had lost most of his friends as a result of the Trump impeachment business.
The confession, made to an unknown associate named "Tony," came after he put his phone in his pocket while it was still running, thinking he had ended his call — the latest in a number of similar mishaps Giuliani has had with his phone.