LGBT advocacy group threatens boycott of Myrtle Beach over school transgender bathroom issue

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County Schools held a meeting Monday morning before a capacity crowd to discuss Title IX and the transgender bathroom issue.

The School Board called the meeting to decide if they should continue to comply with a federal court ruling in favor of a Virginia transgender student who wished to use the bathroom of the gender he identified with.

CLICK HERE to watch the Facebook LIVE recording of the HCS Meeting.

The board voted on a resolution to follow the law under the recent 4th Circuit Court ruling on Title IX and will explore all possible legal avenues on the issue — including filing an amicus brief in support of the Virginia school district. 

The School Board also said non-transgender students will be allowed to use private bathrooms in the nurse’s office of they feel uncomfortable with transgender people in the bathroom.

Later in the afternoon, the world’s LGBT media advocacy organization released a statement that they are watching the events in Horry Country very closely.

GLAAD and our partners are prepared to lead a national boycott of Myrtle Beach should the Horry County school board take any action that would reverse the decision that has already been announced or perpetuate any further discrimination against this student or others.” – Zeke Stokes, Vice President of Programs, GLAAD.

Nearly all of the school board members said they didn’t support the 4th Circuit Court ruling, but they have to follow the law. They vow to fight it.

Brad Dean, the president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce released this statement to News13 about GLADD’s threatened boycott of the Myrtle Beach area:

The Myrtle Beach area has firmly established itself as a fun and welcoming destination for all visitors. Our beach destination has never experienced a boycott tied to restrooms or transgender issues. Because the questions being raised are about school board policy and complying with federal law, and not about Myrtle Beach area tourism or the business community, we don’t anticipate any impact on tourism.

Count on WBTW.com and News13 for more on this developing story.

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