In an interview discussing HB 2279, a bill that would prevent transgender individuals from using a restroom or dressing room according to their gender identity, Rep. Richard Floyd (R-TN) resorted to violent, transphobic rhetoric. Floyd was quoted as saying:
“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 him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”
The term “stomp a mudhole” means to kick or stomp someone to the point that they cannot get up.
While Representative Floyd is entitled to his opinion, this type of violent hate speech is entirely uncalled for, and plain unacceptable coming from a government official. Please join me in calling on Representative Floyd to issue a formal apology for his remarks, and to denounce violence against the LGBT community.
You can watch the his entire interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WClAvYlXd0Y