Mom draws praise, brickbats with her viral anti-LGBT Facebook post on transgender bathroom row

Kristi Merritt poses as a football player.(Facebook/Kristi Merritt)

A mother from Lakewood, Washington state, recently made a viral Facebook post in defence of anti-LGBT policies on bathrooms which received huge support worldwide but also drew plenty of criticism.

Kristi Merritt posted a series of images on her Facebook page on April 12, one of them showing her dressed as a football player holding a sign that read, "Does this make me Russell Wilson?" LifeSite News reports.

She also posted a photo of herself dressed as a pirate holding a sign asking, "Does this make me a pirate?"

"Then how can this make a man into a woman?" Merritt continued, posting a photo of a dress and purse.

"A man in women's clothes does not make him a woman. Men should not get to be in our bathrooms or lockers! #?JustWantPrivacy #?BeBold," she wrote.

The post has been shared over 107,600 times and received over 59,000 "likes."

Kristi Merritt dressed as a pirate (L) and photo of a dress and purse (R).(Facebook/Kristi Merritt)

Merritt says some users marked her post as having nudity in it, causing Facebook to ask her to remove it.

"Facebook is trying to make me remove this post, they are trying to say it has nudity in it. Here's what's happening. The people who are trying to censor me are reporting it as having nudity in it, which it clearly does not," Merritt writes in one of her posts.

Merritt says she posted the images because "I've been growing more and more frustrated with the bathroom issue."

Washington State where she resides has adopted a bill that allows transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice.

Critics say that allowing transgenders to use the bathrooms based on their gender identity will open the door for predators to attack women and children inside these bathrooms.

Former ace pitcher and sports analyst Curt Schilling also ranted against states that have allowed transgenders to use bathrooms that used to be for women or men only. His comments cost him his job as ESPN found it highly objectionable, prompting its management to fire him.