Restaurant posts transphobic bathroom sign but owner denies it is ‘threatening’
A restaurant owner has denied “threatening” trans people with a sign attacking “transgender bathrooms”.
Steak and Catfish Barn in Oklahoma City has come under fire on social media for the sign, proudly displayed in the restaurant.
It says: “We do not have a transgender bathroom. So don’t be caught in the wrong one. Thank you. Bob.”
Bob Warner, the owner of the restaurant, spoke out to defend the sign.
He claimed the sign was a ‘warning’ to trans people because of the restaurant’s clients and would ‘protect’ them.
Mr Warner told NewsChannel4: “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 added that he doesn’t mind which bathroom transgender people use as long as they are “dressed appropriately”.
The incident is the latest example of the anti-transgender ‘bathroom’ smears employed as a tactic by anti-LGBT campaigners over the year bleeding through to the local level.
A horrific pro-Republican has been aired in a number of states depicting the fictional rape of a little girl in a bathroom, in a shocking attack on transgender people.
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The National Organisation for Marriage pushed the an ad campaign in North Carolina, blaming “[Democratic candidate] Roy Cooper’s bathroom plan” for the apparent rape of the little girl, who is a fictional character and does not exist.
There are zero recorded cases in the United States of transgender people taking advantage of bathrooms to commit sexual assaults.
But the ad claimed: “Any man at any time could enter a woman’s bathroom simply by claiming to be a woman that day. No-one is exempt.
“Even registered sex offenders could follow women into the bathroom or locker room, and no-one could prevent them.”
The same ad has been recycled in other states. An identical campaign was launched in Texas – which succeeded in persuading voters to vote down an Equal Rights Ordinance providing basic protections for LGBT workers.