A restaurant in the US has drawn criticism for using pre- and post-transition photos of Caitlyn Jenner for its bathroom signs.

Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill used large pictures of Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair and at the 1976 Olympics to designate its female and male bathrooms, respectively, Pink News has reported.

The restaurant posted a photo of the bathroom signs on Facebook in August, before it came to the attention of the media this week.

Dallas Morning News editor Dom DiFurio shared the image on Twitter, where it has been widely reposted.

DiFurio told the Daily Dot that the restaurant is not “in a progressive area”, adding that he “wouldn’t consider it a particularly great place to be LGBTQ”.

Social media is divided about the bathroom signs, with some deeming the gag funny, and others finding it transphobic.

“She is trash—but this is still hella violent toward all trans people,” tweeted one person.

Yelp reviews of the restaurant have also called it transphobic for the signs.

The restaurant responded on Facebook to the controversy.

“Our intention was not to make fun of or offend anyone when we installed the pictures of Bruce and Caitlyn [sic] on our bathroom doors,” they posted.

“It was merely a lighthearted gesture to push back against the political correctness that seems to have a stranglehold on this country right now.”

The restaurant wrote that they felt “name calling” and terms like ‘transphobic’ were divisive.

“Please know that we are here to discuss this and move forward as a community. Everyone is welcome here,” they added.

Jenner has recently been romantically linked with 21-year-old trans model Sophia Hutchins, after the two were spotted vacationing together in Mexico.

Jenner has denied rumours that she and Hutchins are a couple, saying the pair are just friends.

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