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"No Gays Allowed" business owner has an even worse message for trans folks

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Google Street View

An old USA Today video piece featuring the homophobic Amyx Hardware and Roofing Supplies store in Tennessee with a "No Gays Allowed" door sign resurfaced this week. Some media outlets featured it thinking it was a current piece in response to the SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling. Snopes set the record straight, the video is actually from 2015. 

But there is something more disturbing that the media may have missed. If you do a Google search for the hardware store's address, 8145 hwy 131 Washburn, Tennessee, it will take you to the building. From there if you click around the property, it reveals true hatred disguised as humor. 

Near the highway, there is a doorless wooden outhouse which reads "transgender bathroom," looking closer it also says "Out of service indefinitely." Next to that is another sign which reads "No Gays Allowed." Add that to yet another one stenciled on the front of the building and his message is clear.  

Three years ago the owner of the store, Jeff Amyx, posted the first homophobic warning in the entry door window.

He eventually took it down but quickly put it back up and added to it, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

The photos at left are from a Google Streetview search. They are of the Amyx Hardware parking lot and building facade and are timestamped 2016.

The state of Tennessee does not have anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation or gender identity.