Spartanburg County (South Carolina) Sheriff Chuck Wright made these remarks at a Republican Women’s meeting in support of an anti-trans bathroom bill being considered by the state legislature.
Wright: “I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even know why there’s an issue about which bathroom to use. Because if you are a guy and you go into bathroom with my wife, I’m gonna make the news — I know there’s three cameras rolling — I’m gonna whip your tail if you go in there with my wife while she’s trying to use the bathroom, or my granddaughter. That is bologna.” . . .
“So, I don’t really understand why there’s an issue in any legislation, or state senators or whatever gotta make that stuff. I mean, the men’s room is for the men. The girl’s room is for the girls. We were taught the symbol when we were little and we couldn’t read. Wearing a dress is supposed to be a chick. Supposed to anyway. Unless you’re raising money for something. Listen, I’ve dressed up like a girl to raise money for under-privileged kids. But I was the only one who didn’t take it seriously. I didn’t shave. I tried to look like a man dressed up like a chick.”
When asked about his comments later, Wright says he stands by them and says he has received nothing but praise since a video of the meeting surfaced on the internet.
National Center For Transgender Education’s Mara Keisling: “I am shocked that Sheriff Wright would threaten police brutality against South Carolinians for doing something everyone has to do every day. Transgender people have been using public restrooms that match who the gender they live as every day across South Carolina without hurting anyone, and this man is threatening them with physical harm. He does not seem fit to be a law enforcement officer. And the legislators in South Carolina that are scaring the public about transgender people to score some political points should be ashamed of themselves. Governor Haley was correct: South Carolina does not need this bill. Nor does it need this hate-filled conversation or this sheriff.”
A man with a gun wearing a badge threatening to beat trans people up? You’ll find it in South Carolina. Governor Haley, if you’ve a backbone, you’ll rip Sheriff Wright to shreds.
Wright also says he’s received nothing but praise: Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office: (864) 503-4500 FAX (864) 503-4561, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE March 17, 2016. Apparently Sheriff Wright’s county has been having trouble with peeping toms in the MEN’s bathroom. This from Facebook by J Sherylyn Sanders:
“Just found this little gem, while the Sheriff of Spartanburg County is threatening innocents just wanting to use the restroom, Spartanburg City police are trying to find a male who was photographing kids in a public mens room. Of course, this story was buried on the local news website:
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – Spartanburg police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected of recording a child in a public restroom.The agency added more photos of the suspect on its Facebook page in the hopes of getting help are posting these pictures again and adding some new ones in the hope that someone would know who he is.”
I recently wrote about the neighboring state of North Carolina: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/04/08/bruce-springsteen-stands-up-for-transgender-people-pulls-rug-out-from-under-north-carolinas-governor/