Transgender advocates fear bill’s fallout even if it dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Transgender people say they fear a South Carolina bill that would require them to use the public bathroom for their “biological sex” will stoke misguided fears and endorse restroom vigilantism, even if the bill ultimately dies as expected.

Opponents told a Senate panel Thursday the unenforceable measure perpetuates myths against an already-ostracized community, while supporters contend it’s about protecting the privacy and safety of women and children.

No vote was taken in the panel’s second and final hearing. It’s unclear whether it will advance at all.

The South Carolina measure mimics part of a North Carolina law that’s caused economic fallout and debate nationwide. In Massachusetts on Thursday, an LGBT group booed the Republican governor off stage when he declined to commit to legislation expanding protections for transgender people.

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