S.C. Statehouse bathroom gender bill blows up on social media

This screenshot shows one of the Twitter accounts, @PeeWithLee that has been created in response to legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Lee Bright. If passed, the bill would regulate gender issues inside South Carolina’s public restrooms.

A conservative lawmaker’s legislation to regulate gender issues inside South Carolina’s public restrooms is making a splash on social media.

Within hours of state Sen. Lee Bright’s bill being filed, Twitter handles and e-chatter began popping up with hashtags that included #peewithlee and #peeforleesc. A Twitter account @PeeWithLee was also created.

“Let’s let him know every time we go!” one comment said.

Bright, a Spartanburg Republican, on Wednesday introduced a bill similar to the controversial North Carolina law that prevents local governments from passing laws expanding the use of gender-designated public restrooms to transgender people.

Bright said he introduced the bill because his constituents voiced concern over the issue as it gained traction in North Carolina.

“There’s a segment of the population that believes that you ought to be able to use whatever rest room you identify yourself as being,” Bright said afterward.

The effort drew widespread condemnation online.

“Just saw someone enter the bathroom. Better go check to make sure they really are a man. #peewithlee,” one comment said.

Democrats have also pounced on the bill.

“I know we can do better. I have seen South Carolina do better. It’s time for the SCGOP to rein in its own and say no to this hateful legislation,” said S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.