GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A downtown Greensboro business’s photo gains traction on social media after it shows a sign outside the store denying the restroom to four legislators from Guilford County who supported House Bill 2.
Scuppernong Books displayed the sign last week that was written in chalk stating, “Restroom access denied for Trudy Wade, Jon Hardister, John Blust, Jon Faircloth.”
“The sign is satire, it doesn't have any biding qualities, a law does,” said book store owner, Brian Lampkin. “The discrimination is very real. You know we've had a unisex bathroom since we opened here, without any issues."
Among other LGBTQ protections, the new law blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms for the sex they identify as, and restricts cities from passing non-discrimination laws.
Lampkin said he took a risk taking a political stance.
"I hmmed and hawed about it, whether to do it, but finally you have to stand up for what you believe in when you think there is real discrimination going on,” he said. “So we did what we had to do."
Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 last week after the General Assembly went into a special session for one day to push through the legislation that was in response to a ordinance the City of Charlotte passed earlier this month. That ordinance made it possible for transgender individuals to use the public restroom of the sex they identify as, among other things.
Lampkin’s business isn’t the only one opposing it. The restaurant, 1618 Downtown on Elm Street, also wrote a sign in chalk outside its doors last week.
"I don't think that our restroom is going to be a place where anybody is any sort of danger, and therefore nobody needs to be excluded from the restroom that they feel comfortable using,” said restaurant manager, Jake Skinner.
However, some people feel public restrooms need to remain separate in case pedophiles target young girls.
"Even though there aren't issues going on with it now, it doesn't mean it can't start because this world is filled with crazy people,” Johnique Streeter said “And when they get the chance, they're going to take advantage of it."
Lampkin said he invites the four Guilford County legislators to discuss this hot topic at his shop and hear from their constituents and added they may use the bathroom if they want.
Scuppernong Books posted a video on its Facebook page Tuesday showing its stance against HB2 that generated more than 3,000 views within nine hours.