Caitlyn Jenner is not beloved by a lot of people in the LGBT community, but we’ve always respected her truth as a trans woman who transitioned in the glare of the public spotlight. But a Texas restaurant thought she’d be perfect to adorn the doors of its men’s and women’s rooms.
Dallas News editor Dom DiFurio stumbled across the bathrooms at Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill, which feature Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair photo on the ladies room door, and the Olympian before transitioning, winning gold at the 1976 Montreal Games on the men’s room.
What’s going on here Dallas? pic.twitter.com/CgllDKliE2
— Dom (@DomDiFurio) October 30, 2017
The photos have reportedly been in use at least since August.
“Collin County, where Allen, Texas is, as a whole is considered a conservative bastion in North Texas,” DiFurio told the Daily Dot. “I wouldn’t consider it a particularly great place to be LGBTQ.”
Predictably, the restaurant’s Yelp page has become Ground Zero for a discussion about the doors. A notice on the page indicates its being monitored by Yelp’s support team.
“I’m frequently in Allen, and have thought about stopping at this restaurant many times,” said one commenter. “And then I saw a picture of the tasteless display of Caitlyn Jenner on the bathroom doors. I’m transgender, and I see no reason to spend my money in a restaurant that chooses to make jokes about transgender people. Obviously we aren’t welcome in this establishment.”
“This place is great,” wrote another. “I really appreciate the clear designation on the men’s and women’s restrooms.”
Exactly what the restaurant was thinking isn’t clear—Dodie’s management says they are preparing a statement about the bathrooms.
But Texas just fought a contentious battle over an ugly bathroom bill that would have prevented Jenner from using the women’s room: SB6 would have banned trans people from using facilities matching their gender identity and prohibited municipalities from enacting LGBT-rights ordinances. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick maintained it was one of his highest priorities in the last legislative session, but the measure was killed by Republican House Speaker Joe Straus.
Straus said he opposed the proposal “to protect our economy from billions of dollars in losses and more importantly to protect the safety of some very vulnerable young Texans.”
“I’m disgusted by all this,” he added. “Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.”
Well, there’s one Texan with his Stetson on straight.