Millionaire lesbian transgender conservative Caitlyn Jenner has finally weighed in on a controversy involving a Texas restaurant that used photos of her, pre- and post-transition, as signs for its male and female restrooms, respectively.
Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill in Allen, Texas plastered the images of Jenner on its restroom doors around 2017. Its men’s restroom shows a pre-transition image of Jenner from her days as an Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete. Its women’s restroom shows the iconic 2015 post-transition cover photo of Jenner from the fashion magazine Vanity Fair.
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Images of the restroom doors went viral in 2017, as web commenters argued whether the use of the images was funny, disrespectful, light-hearted, or transphobic. Now, six years later, Jenner herself has finally offered her own opinion.
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On September 11, Twitter user @brixwe reposted an image showing the restroom doors. The user wrote, “Is this funny?” On September 13, Jenner responded, “Funny as hell.”
Jenner might feel differently about it if Texas was like the six states that have laws or policies defining “sex” in ways that could limit or criminalize trans people’s access to bathrooms matching their gender identity. Florida also recently passed a law banning trans people from using bathrooms and facilities consistent with their gender identity in all schools, colleges, and government-owned buildings and spaces.
While Jenner finds the restrooms funny, other trans people haven’t been laughing at the transphobic policies she has pushed since coming out. She has said she will support the 2024 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, a man who was the most anti-LGBTQ+ president of all time.
Despite being a transgender athlete herself, during her barely existent 2021 campaign as a California gubernatorial candidate, Jenner came out against allowing trans girls to participate in sports teams matching their gender identity. Jenner and other conservatives who share her view believe that pubertal changes give trans girls unfair physical advantages over their cisgender opponents and “erase” women’s hard-won victories in sports. Critics of this position point out that sexism and poor funding harm women’s sports far more than trans competitors.
Jenner has attacked at least one trans athlete and celebrity by misgendering them. She has also claimed that the “radical left” (meaning Democrats) has “hijacked and politicized yet another minority group” by supporting trans people.