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‘Douche du Jour’: Tenn. State Rep. Richard Floyd Threatens to “Stomp a Mudhole” in “Perverted” Transgender Women

A Republican state lawmaker in Tennessee is standing by his threat to brutally beat transgender women who he catches using women’s restrooms.

Ignorant transphobe.

The Raw Story reports that Rep. Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga) has introduced a bill that would ban transgender people from using dressing rooms and restrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates. Violators would face misdemeanor charges and $50 fines.

Rep. Floyd, who says he came up with the bill, HB 2279, after reading a story about a woman in Texas who was fired from her job in a department store for trying to prevent a transgendered teenager from using the women’s dressing room.

According to the Times Free Press, Floyd said:

“It could happen here. 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.

“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 them him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”

“Stomping a mudhole” in someone is Southern speak for brutally beating them until they can’t get up.

Rep. Floyd’s utter ignorance of gender identity issues and his threats of violence against transgender women has caught the attention of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), whose president, Jonathan Cole, told Raw Story that “it’s clearly an indication of violent intent toward transgender people here in Tennessee… it’s a very vicious thing to say about another human being, about what you would do. It’s really appalling.”

But Floyd has stood by his threat.

“Let me tell ya something, mister,” he told Raw Story. “If I was standing at the door and my wife or my daughter or my granddaughter was in the bathroom and a man tried to go in there, I can guarantee you it’d be a bad hair day for both of us. I don’t back up from that, either. I don’t back up one iota.”

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

Rep. Floyd also compared transgender individuals to pedophiles.

“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,” Floyd told Raw Story. “We’re talking about society getting picked on by a few.”

HB 2279’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Bo Watson, has withdrawn his support for the measure, possibly in light of Floyd’s hate speech. Watson’s withdrawal means that HB 2279 is all but dead in the water. Floyd would have to reintroduce the bill in the House and find another senator to co-sponsor it if it is to have any chance of moving forward.

A Times Free Press poll currently shows only 11% of respondents agreeing that people should only be allowed to use the restroom of the sex shown on their birth certificate. Fully 89% believe that transgender people should be able to use the restroom that appropriately reflects their gender identity.

Rep. Richard Floyd contact info: 

301 6th Avenue North
Suite G-24 War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-2746
Fax (615) 253-0304

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  1. jim happenstanceJanuary 17, 2012 at 7:14 amReply

    Email address for this pos:
    rep.richard.floyd@capitol.tn.gov

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