Politics

Tennessee State Rep. Richard Floyd Threatens Transgender People

| by Michael Allen

Tennessee State Rep. Richard Floyd (R) was quoted recently as threatening to “stomp a mudhole” in anybody who might be wearing the clothing of the opposite sex (trangender) if they came anywhere near his family.

Rep. Floyd also wrote a proposed law that would ban trangender people from using dressing rooms and restrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates.

“This bill has no vindictiveness, it is not personal, but it is intended to protect,” Rep. Floyd said. “I have a wife, three daughters, two granddaughters, and there is no way, if some man thought he was a women and thought he had the privileged or the right to go into a women’s bathroom, I would no way and stand there and allow that.”

According to the Times Free Press, Rep. Floyd came up with the bill after reading about a woman in Texas who claimed she was fired from a Macy's department store after attempting to stop a transgender teen from using the women’s dressing room.

“It could happen here,” Rep. Floyd explained. “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.”

He added: “Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk. We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”

“The potential for pedophiles and molesters to come into the restroom and claim the same thing, that they think they’re of the opposite sex and they think they’re something else, something they’re not, they can do the same thing that transgender people do,” Rep. Floyd argued. We’re talking about society getting picked on by a few.”

State Sen. Bo Watson withdrew the Senate version of the controversial House measure because of Rep. Floyd's comments.

“I understand Rep. Floyd’s passion about the issue, but we have more pressing issues before us that we need to focus our attention on and we don’t need to get sidetracked,” Watson said.