A Texas restaurant is being slammed for using Caitlyn and Bruce Jenner restroom signs. The image on the men’s restroom door is from the 1976 Summer Olympics when she was known as Bruce, prior to coming out as transgender. The opposing image on the door of the women’s bathroom is of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair magazine cover. Some have taken to social media to call out the restaurant for stigmatizing transgenderism while others consider it a joke and have no issue at all with it.
Regardless of the negative comments, Dodie’s Place has not lost patrons and continues to be praised for its authentic Cajun food. Fans of the Allen, Texas restaurant say that people should not use the bathroom there if they are that easily offended. One Twitter supporter said:
No tranny’s were hurt in making these pictures.
Several others were also quick to defend the establishment, suggesting that the use of Jenner’s images was hilarious. Another social media user said:
Technically they should have put both pictures on the men’s room.
The LGBTQ community is not taking this at all lightly. Many have slammed the restaurant for being incredibly insensitive by defining gender with before and after images. By labeling Jenner as a man before her gender transition, the picture implies that gender is only skin-deep. Science suggests that transgender people experience their gender identity psychologically, not just physically. According to this theory, the argument is Jenner was a woman long before she began changing her name and features.
The restaurant is slammed for using Jenner’s images. Despite trending on social media, the restaurant’s owner has no plans to remove the images; instead, Dodie’s Place is content celebrating all of the media attention. The restaurant owners do not believe it is harmful to acknowledge the “obvious.” Jenner transitioned publicly from male identity to female.
The LGBTQ community believes this concept makes a public spectacle of the transgenderism and is deeply hurtful. Placing the images adjacent to one another reminds patrons that Caitlyn lived publicly as a man for years. Images like these can be disturbing for trans-women who want to leave their pre-transition years in the past.
The pictures of the former Olympian have been on the restroom doors for several months, but not publicly acknowledged as negative until recently. Dodie’s Place may not understand the implications and instead thinks of gender transitioning simply as “a man becoming a woman” or vice-versa. The establishment is located in a “conservative” part of North Texas and does not view the images as harmful.
According to its website, Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Restaurant is a family owned business with fabulous recipes, service, and food that has been around for over 20 years. The establishment recently came under fire for using Caitlyn and Bruce Jenner images on restroom doors. The owner maintains that the images are just lighthearted fun for patrons using the restroom facilities and wishes no ill will to the transgender community.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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