THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATED-2 – Transgender Law Center says Floyd guilty of hate speech – see below.] “Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk,” said Rep. Richard Floyd, a Tennessee House Republican who sponsored a bill in the state legislature that would force trans people to use public restrooms and dressing rooms of their birth gender. Fortunately a state Senator withdrew his co-sponsorship of the bill placing it in limbo. It is said Floyd drew up the bill after reading about the Macy’s dressing room incident late last year.
More from Rep. Floyd:
“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, this is a man full of vile hate and I’m holding him accountable for his actions.
UPDATE – Jan. 16, 2012: It appears we have the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition to thank for getting the ball rolling to get this bill killed.
From KNOX-TV News: “The measure caused a stir on blogs around the nation after the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition sent out a news release declaring “the bathroom harassment act” a direct attack on “the transgender community” that would also impact many others, including plumbers, cleaning personnel and others who work in restrooms as well as parents taking their young children into a facility. The release also questioned how the measure would be enforced, given that few persons carry a birth certificate to visit restrooms.”
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition website (has not been updated in a while): http://ttgpac.com/
UPDATE-2 Jan. 19, 2012 – Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center says Floyd’s comments amount to hate speech and called for him to apologize for “threatening violence.”
Davis: “Representative Floyd’s threats send the message that it is OK to attack innocent people based on their gender identity and expression.” This type of hate speech incites violence and fosters a dangerous and discriminatory environment for transgender people in Tennessee.”
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