A U.K.-based designer targeted in the intense anti-LGBTQ backlash against the sale of Pride products at Target says he has received a deluge of threats and hateful comments — alongside an “unprecedented number of orders” from supportive customers. Erik Carnell owns Abprallen, a brand that provides art and accessories for the “proud, loud, and colourful,” according to its Instagram page. Earlier this month, Carnell announced a partnership with Target
on three products sold in the retail giant’s stores and on its website. The range comprises an adult sweatshirt emblazoned with “Cure transphobia, not trans people,” a “Too queer for here” tote bag and a “We belong everywhere” fanny pack.
“I wanted to ensure that any young people who saw Abprallen in Target would know that who they are is beautiful, purposeful, and worth expressing,” Carnell wrote in an Instagram post May 9. The products are no longer available on Target’s website, and the designer has been targeted amid a right-wing backlash against Pride products at the retail giant. Abprallen’s online store is now temporarily closed, according to a statement on its website Thursday. “Thank you all for the unprecedented number of orders! Your support during this extremely difficult time means more than I can express,” he said in a note on his Etsy page Thursday. “I am putting my shop on …
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