After President Donald Trump yanked former President Barack Obama’s guidance on transgender bathrooms, the issue has once again become a major controversy in America.
The Steak and Catfish Barn restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has found itself at the center of this debate after a sign that has been at the restaurant for over 10 months was photographed and went viral, KFOR reported.
“We do not have a transgender bathroom. So don’t be caught in the wrong one,” read the sign, which apparently has made some transgenders feel unsafe.
Paula Schonauer, who was born male but lives as a woman, claimed that the sign was an implied threat against transgenders. Other liberals were similarly triggered by the sign and what they perceived as a threat of violence.
“You’ve got this sign implying a threat of potential violence against somebody for going to pee,” explained Troy Stevenson, a member of the gay rights advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma. “That’s not the Oklahoma standard. That’s not what it means to be American. That’s just wrong.”
Bob Warner, the owner of the restaurant, has defended his sign by explaining that it was for his customers’ own safety and didn’t carry any threat of violence.
“We have a lot of redneck guys that come in here. Truck drivers and everything. They’re big husky guys and I said, ‘man alive!’ If their wife or their little girl walked in that bathroom and a man followed them in there, I wouldn’t have a restaurant,” he explained.
Warner also noted that if a transgender person is dressed “appropriately,” they can use the bathroom in his establishment.
The Oklahoma City-based website NonDoc noted that the restaurant has been flooded with calls from angry (and often drunk) liberals upset by the sign who apparently concluded that the best way to express their anger was to swear loudly over a phone.
Maybe liberals should focus their energy on something else and let businesses do what they think is best for their prosperity and safety.
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