Brian Dwyer, a resident of Waterford, Pennsylvania, lives near the town’s edge. His house sits just along Route-19, the common road taken by drivers as they enter Waterford.
Recently, Dwyer took advantage of his prime location.
With a giant electric sign—the kind commonly seen on highway construction sights—Dwyer displayed a message to all motorists on their way into town.
Dwyer’s take on a Waterford first impression, though, was transphobic.
“Don’t let a man in a dress rule us Waterford.”
Dwyer’s sign referred to Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, who recently announced statewide virus restrictions closing indoor dining, gyms and casinos and banning all school sports, according to Erie News Now.
Levine is a transgender woman and uses she/her pronouns.
But Brittney Loper, another Waterford resident, stepped in to lead the fight against Dwyer’s intolerance. She created a Change.org petition calling for Dwyer to take down the hateful message.
Loper’s call to action outlined her shock and disappointment.
“I’ve always been proud to grow up in the close knit community of Waterford.”
“The support and love that I’ve received from my community has helped me grow into the person that I am today.”
“Today, I don’t feel that pride anymore.”
“Instead, when I drive into Waterford I see a transphobic sign that doesn’t offer the same love and support our town should stand for.”