Harley Davidson says its ‘humble’ to say transgender customers can’t buy dresses
It was a statement on a dress that no one would ever say publicly.
But that didn’t stop the brand from saying it’s proud to be transgender.
“We are transgender and we have a lot of transgender customers,” Harley Davidson CEO and founder Chris King said in an interview with Billboard on Tuesday.
“And we’re so proud of that, and it’s a very humble statement to make.”
The comments, made to Billboard, were the first time the company has publicly spoken out on the topic of transgender people buying dress codes, as it has a large number of transgender employees.
King’s company, which also owns clothing lines like Harley Davidson and Dolly Parton, has become a beacon for many transgender Americans as a way to get the word out about the importance of having a closet full of comfortable clothes.
King and his family have been active in transgender rights, particularly in speaking out against bullying and discrimination in the workplace.
He’s also fought to change the definition of transgender, a person who is transgender.
But while King said he’s proud of his employees, the company also said that customers should have the freedom to make their own decisions about what clothes they wear.
King said that he doesn’t want customers to feel like they have to wear anything in the store, but that customers are allowed to choose to buy clothes from other stores.
“I just don’t want to be like, ‘Oh, you’ve got to go shopping,’ or ‘You’re going to be walking down the aisle wearing these shoes,'” King said.
“If you want to wear jeans, then you can wear jeans.”
While King said his company has seen a huge increase in transgender customers, he’s still not a fan of the transgender “bathroom bill.”
The “bathrooms bill” was introduced in Congress in January, and would allow businesses to deny access to transgender people based on their gender identity.
King said that his company is not opposed to the bill, and that the company doesn’t believe it’s needed.
“It’s not about bathrooms.
We think it’s about equality, and if there’s equality, why should there be one way or another to access a bathroom?”
King said on Billboard.
“There should be two or three or five, and you know, for people who are transgender.
We don’t think there’s any reason to have this law.”
But the company said it has seen an increase in the number of customers buying dress-code items online, and King said they’re not a big enough demand to warrant a nationwide rollout.
“When you’re doing a lot, you’re going through a lot,” he said.
“But at the same time, we’ve seen an enormous uptick in the demand to wear our dress, which is a big step forward.
But I think we have to be careful with it.”
The company’s transgender employees, who also include CEO and CEO of the company’s parent company, have also spoken out, with King recently making headlines after revealing he’s transgender.
King made headlines last year when he became the first CEO in history to openly disclose that he was transgender, and he was followed in the media by many others, including former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as former President Barack Obama.
King is no stranger to controversy.
He was fired from his job as the CEO of a clothing store in the late 1990s after he was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.
King and his wife, Christine, also own a clothing line called Harley Davidson, which has a loyal following.