North Ridgeville anti-transgender sign creates controversy in community

Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 10:40:21-05

A sign in North Ridgeville is being met with a lot of criticism.

The sign reads: “If you don't know who you identify as, pull down your pants and look.”

It's located at the Northridge gas station on Lorain Road.

The gas station Facebook page is drawing a lot of comments, most are critical. One person wrote: "I would never go to a business that promotes hate and ignorance."

Another wrote in support saying "Outstanding service by an honest businessman that happens to have political opinions.”

Rissa Trent, who is transgender, finds the sign offensive and is especially upset because the owner of the gas station is also the council president for Olmsted Falls.

Trent says this sign sends the wrong message.

"There's no malice in the sign," said Jay Linn, who put it up. "It's just making the point why does everybody want to be someone else and draw attention to them, be who you are and be happy with who you are."

But should an elected official show some political correctness?

"You're looking at non-political correctness right here, I am non-political correctness, because I don't give a rat's rear end about political correctness," Linn said.

"I think that sign is going to affect a lot of people that are walking by especially youth who haven't worked up the courage to come out yet," Trent said.