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Tennessee State Rep Richard Floyd Threatens to “Stomp” Transgender Women

January 12, 2012

Tennessee State Representative Richard Floyd has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for people to be in a sex-specific bathroom or dressing room (i.e., one designated for men or women) that doesn’t match the sex given on their birth certificate.

Tennessee does not allow transgender people to have their birth certificates changed, so if the bill were passed, there would actually be no legal bathrooms for transgender men and women to use in any state government building. (It’s unclear to me whether this might also apply to other public restrooms in non-governmental buildings)

Practical people have noted other problems with this bill. It would be impossible to enforce, because there is no chance we’re going to set up checks outside of restrooms. It could hypothetically criminalize parents who need to take a child into a restroom, other caregivers in similar situations, maintenance workers, and others.

But let’s be clear – mom taking her male-appearing son into a women’s restroom is not the target of this bill. Transgender men and women are, because of the small-minded bigotry of Floyd and others like him.

To make that point perfectly clear, Floyd said this, clearly illustrating his bullshit fears and hatred of transgender women:

I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.

You know, because transgender women are really all predators out to harm cis women, a belief Floyd emphasized by continuing, “Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let them him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room. Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk.”

This is not a secret email remark made by Floyd. It’s not a comment he thought was off-the-record, between friends. This is what he said on-the-record, for public consumption.

So, Chattanooga, who are you going to run against this asshole this year? And if this nonsense is not quickly withdrawn or defeated, who wants to go pee in the “wrong” bathrooms in the state capitol building with me?

[Note: it looks like the Senate version of the bill has already been withdrawn after public reaction began; it could potentially be reintroduced by someone else, and Floyd’s House bill remains. Here’s Floyd’s contact information if you’d like to let him know what you think of him and his bill.]

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2012 8:22 pm

    I don’t get the dressing room thing anyway….the stalls are perfectly private. I mean, I don’t undress in the hallway…

  2. T. Lavoie permalink
    January 13, 2012 9:17 am

    Representative Floyd…I am not a strong person, physically. I am not versed in martial arts. You could very likely beat me to a pulp. My question to you is: Would beating up someone weaker than yourself make you feel better about yourself?

    When I use a dressing room I want to try on clothes. I don’t want anything to do with your wife, daughter, son, or yourself. I do my best to ignore anyone around me in those situations, and I think most others do their best to do the same.

    Clearly you have some other idea about what people do in dressing rooms, which makes me wonder if you are projecting some secret desires of your own onto me, because they perhaps embarrass or frighten you and it’s easier to place our fears on others, than to deal with them ourselves.

    Which is worse, Mr. Floyd…creating a law that prevents people from trying on clothes in a store, or flouting a law that protects people from unnecessary violence? I want to try on clothes…you would make me a hardened criminal for that. You express a desire to visit violence onto innocent people…you are one small step away from *being* a criminal, Mr. Floyd. The only thing standing in your way is an opportunity.

  3. Stephanie Waaser permalink
    January 15, 2012 6:28 pm

    I started a petition asking Rep. Floyd to withdraw the bill from the Tennessee General Assembly:

    Sign and pass it on! Together we can make change happen.

  4. Wodentoad permalink
    January 27, 2012 2:39 pm

    Wow, that’s just… wow… I’m not cis, but I am a friend. This concerns me also as a mother. I have a son, so how far is it from banning my dearest friends from public places. After all, those things we don’t understand are scary right? May heaven stand on the side of justice in this case. And may Floyd get boils in unpleasant places.


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