Protestors stood in solidarity as they argued against the proposed bathroom bill on the State Capital grounds.
the #NotThisTime Twitter hashtag emphasizes that being transgender is not a crime.
Senator Joel Lourie says that he will continue to fight to make sure that transgender rights are protected. He does not stand in support of the bathroom bill.
By Khadijah Dennis
Members of the South Carolina General Subcommittee discussed the controversial bathroom bill yesterday while angry protesters demonstrated outside. The bill would require transgender people to use the bathroom of their birth gender. Protesters argued against the bill because it discriminates against transgender members of the LGBTQ community.
"They don't understand change and they don't want to make the change," one protester said. "Positive change needs to come to society, it really does."
The bill would also be a concern for LGBT youth who would be effected by the bill at an early, more vulnerable age.
"It would force the transgender students to use what we would call the wrong restroom for us," highschooler Dex Sexton said. "That would obviously make us stick out and let all the other kids know we're transgender."
Committee member Senator Joel Lourie said that he doesn't agree with Senator Lee Bright, the bill's sponsor.
"If [this bill] passes the full committee and it goes to the floor, I can assure you that we will use every procedural tactic available to see that this bill doesn't come up for passage on the senate floor," he said.
Supporters of the bill filled the hearing room. One of those who spoke, like the Reverend Johnny Gardner, have strong opinions on why it should pass.
"I'd have never thought we'd be discussing this [because] it goes against God's word," Gardner said. "God only created two sexes. He created male and he created female."
The bill isn't expected to make much movement from the senate to the house before this year's legislative session ends.