Call on Rep. Richard Floyd to Apologize for Transphobic Remarks
  • Petitioned Tennessee House of Representatives

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State Rep. Richard Floyd

Call on Rep. Richard Floyd to Apologize for Transphobic Remarks

    1. Lauren Evans
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Evans

      Ames, IA

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:

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    • Erica Nash SENATOBIA, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      This sort of rhetoric is dangerous. Trans people deserve to be allowed into the dressing rooms and bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Please apologize and denounce this legislation. Please support the rights of transgender people.

    • Brianna Kaiser CENTEREACH, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      you'd think that in the 21st century, we as a society would have progressed a little more, ignorance is sad

    • Ross Polonetsky BRENTWOOD, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      People like shit should not be allowed in PUBLIC, let alone public office. Comments like this should be treated like a hate crime as much as actually committing the physical violence he described.

    • Reagan Stewart DOUGLASVILLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Truly a disturbed person. I would wonder what he would do if one of his precious children came out as transgender. Would you stomp them into a mud hole? Or would that be against your pro family values?

    • arnaud de villiers CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      With such irresponsible and malicious hatespeech from soociety leaders it is no wonder that transpeople are still murdered in the land of the free. How cowardly to pick on those who are arguably the most discriminated and stigmatised. If he is ignorant, educate him. If he has internalised transphobia, get him into a support group. Otherwise nail him legally.


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