Red Deer diner’s ‘pick a washroom’ sign sparks outrage

A sign in front of Queen's Diner in Red Deer, Alta.
A sign in front of Queen's Diner in Red Deer, Alta. Twitter / @DougYEG

A sign in front of a central Alberta diner sparked outrage this week after people who saw it complained it was homophobic and transphobic.

The billboard outside of Queen’s Diner in Red Deer, Alta. read “Its [sic] Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve! Pick a washroom.”

Dozens of people took to social media to complain about the sign, which went up on Wednesday, saying it was disrespectful to the LGBTQ community.

You should be ashamed. I will never step foot in your diner again.

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The owner of the diner, Scott Shaw, appears to have posted an apology to the eatery’s Facebook page, before later deleting the account.

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“It was not meant to offend anybody,” Shaw told Global News in a phone interview. “I have reached out to the organizations I have offended to apologize, and I will be meeting with them next week to see how I can work with those communities.”

“I apologize [for] how it all came across and I understand this is a sensitive issue.”

“I want to make things right.”

Earlier this summer, a sign asking patrons at a Medicine Hat bar to “use the bathroom of [their] gender” sparked similar outrage.

In Alberta, discrimination against transgender people is prohibited by Bill 7.

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With files from Jill Croteau.