Popular hosts on HGTV – Chip and Joanna Gainesto – have incensed a number of their fans because Target is offering their home decor collection. Some fans have asked the couple to reconsider their partnership with the retailer because it allows transgender employees and customers to use restrooms and fitting rooms that best align with their gender identity.
The retail giant unveiled plans this week for a new home decor collection called Hearth & Hand with Magnolia. The line, which is slated to hit stores Nov. 5, will be a partnership with Chip and Joanna Gaines, the hosts of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”
The Gaines found themselves at the epicenter of a media firestorm last year after a BuzzFeed article reported that they attended an anti-LGBTQ church. In January, Chip Gaines appeared to respond to the controversy in an impassioned blog.
“Joanna and I have personal convictions,” he wrote. “One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith.”