California on Saturday became the first state to require toys and other children’s items to be displayed in a gender-neutral manner in large department stores.
It is considered a victory for the LGBTQ community and it is claimed that dividing these spaces into blue and pink colors pressures children to adhere to gender stereotypes.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott doesn’t have it.
In a tweet, Abbott, who had just issued an executive order banning private companies from vaccination, said the Texas government would never force private companies to do so.
“California requires large retailers to have a gender-neutral toy aisle. This is not Texas. In Texas, it is the company, not the government, that decides how the merchandise is displayed,” Abbott wrote.
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The new law, signed by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, does not outlaw the traditional boys and girls section of department stores. Instead, he says that larger stores need a gender-neutral section to display a “reasonable choice” of items “traditionally for girls or boys.” ..
Clothes are not included. This law only applies to toys and “childcare products” which include hygiene products and teeth whitening products. Also, this only applies to stores with 500 or more employees. In other words, SMEs are exempted.
California is the first state to demand it, but some large department stores have already changed the way products are displayed. Target Corp. has 1,914 stores nationwide and announced that it would stop using gender-based signs in its stores in 2015.
The law was opposed by some Republicans and several conservative groups, who argued that the government should not teach parents how to shop for their children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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