RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates in Virginia for a North Carolina-style transgender bathroom law are urging Republican lawmakers to give their full support to the measure.

Social conservatives joined with Republican Del. Bob Marshall at a Capitol news conference Thursday to promote legislation that would generally prohibit individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings. Marshall's bill would also require public school principals to notify parents with 24 hours if a child requests to be recognized as a member of the opposite sex.

Marshall, Republican National Committee member Cynthia Dunbar and others said the legislation was needed to help protect children.

Theodore Kahn, a transgender man, spoke out against the bill during the news conference, saying it discriminates against the transgender community.