South Carolina bill aims to restrict transgender access to bathrooms

A gender neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, IrvineSouth Carolina lawmakers have introduced a measure that would block transgender people from using public bathrooms that do not match their birth sex, despite increasing calls for a repeal of a similar provision enacted last month in North Carolina. The legislation proposed in the state Senate on Wednesday also would prohibit local governments from requiring private businesses to provide restroom access based on gender identity rather than birth gender. “Men should use the men’s room, and women should use the women’s room – that’s just common sense,” Republican Senator Lee Bright, a sponsor of the bill, told The State newspaper.

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