Transgender bathroom sign at popular Oklahoma restaurant raising eyebrows, concerns
A controversial sign at a popular Oklahoma City restaurant is raising eyebrows and concerns.
For about 10 months, the sign posted at the Steak and Catfish Barn tells patrons that the restaurant does not have a transgender bathroom. It then goes on to warn transgender people not to get caught in the wrong bathroom.
Some call the sign discriminatory and threatening, but the restaurant owner says the intent of his message is to protect his property and customers, including those who are transgender.
"You`ve got this sign implying a threat of potential violence against somebody for going to pee,” said Troy Stevenson, who is with Freedom Oklahoma. “That`s not the Oklahoma standard. That`s not what it means to be American. That`s just wrong."
"We have a lot of redneck guys that come in here, truck drivers and everything,” Steak and Catfish Barn owner Bob Warner said. “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."
The restaurant owner says transgender patrons are welcome to use the bathroom of their choice as long as they are in his words "dressed appropriately."
Reported by KFOR