A North Dakota coffee shop received a lot of attention after posting a sign in its shop window banning 56 lawmakers from its establishment, each of which voted against banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Red Raven Espresso Parlor’s ban came just one day after the North Dakota General Assembly voted down the legislation that would have banned such discrimination. The image first appeared on the coffee shop’s Facebook page.
“Ban effective immediately. The listed Men & Women are now banned from enterting this establishment,” the sign read. “Unless accompanied by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersex or Asexual person.”
Beside the sign, the coffee shop featured a picture of North Dakota newspaper The Forum, which included a picture of each lawmaker who voted against the bill.
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According to Red Raven owner Joe Curry, the purpose of the sign was to send a message. Since posting it, he’s received a lot of press and only one negative phone call.
“While it’s satire, I think it does make an immediate point,” Curry said. “A lot of us feel that discrimination is an old way of thinking that should be put aside.”
Curry further pointed out on the coffee shop’s Facebook page that, despite the sign, everyone is welcome at his business. The intent of the sign was to satirize the environment legislators created for the LGBTQ community, and not a true attempt at discrimination.
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Photo Credit: Dominic Holden/Twitter, Red Raven Coffee Shop