Dallas Morning News editor Dom DiFurio posted an image of the bathroom doors at Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill decorated with photos Caitlyn Jenner, pre- and post-transition, to indicate the men’s and women’s restrooms.
DiFurio told the Daily Dot that the restaurant isn’t “seated in a progressive area” and that he
“wouldn’t consider it a particularly great place to be LGBTQ.”
As if it needs to be spelled out, using Jenner’s photos in this way trivializes the internal struggle and gender dysphoria many transgender individuals face.
Being trans doesn’t mean that someone was one gender and is now another. There are far more complex emotional and psychological experiences (not to mention physical ones) than bathroom doors can reflect.
What’s underneath this is the same as gay-bashing. Hate. More hate against the transgender community. It’s deep and widespread (so is ignorance) According to United Press International, one study finds that transgender adults were,
“14 times more likely to think about suicide and 22 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general public.”
A lot of people in and out of the LGBTQ community have a problem with Jenner’s politics but she’s still just about the most visible trans person out there. She deserves to be defended.
Dodie’s Place released a statement on the signs, below, but it doesn’t say they’ve removed the offensive pics, does it?
(Photos, Facebook; via HuffPo)