Gay activists in Chicago have joined in protesting against retail giant Target, gay weekly the Windy City Times reported.

A Saturday demonstration organized by the gay rights group Gay Liberation Network attracted about 50 people to a new Target store located on Broadway.

The company is among those who contributed to MN Forward, an independent political fund supporting Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, an anti-gay Republican.

Emmer has been linked to the Christian rock band You Can Run But You Can't Hide International, whose members strongly oppose gay rights. He also opposes the right of gay men and lesbians to marry.

An apology by the Minnesota-based retail giant for its $150,00 contribution failed to mollify critics who say the company needs to make amends to the gay community.

The Facebook page Boycott Target Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics continues to attract members at a fast clip, more than 60,000 as of Saturday.

Electronics giant Best Buy Co. and other Minnesota-based businesses – including Red Wing Shoes and Polaris Industries Inc., a manufacturer of snowmobiles – are also being criticized for contributing to MN Forward. However, Target gave the most money and has previously supported the gay community.

“Companies like Target need to understand that they can't have it both ways when it comes to issues of our basic rights, and that the facts will eventually come out,” Illinois State Representative Greg Harris, who is openly gay, told gay website “I hope that they will rethink this contribution and find a way to make it right.”