Cranky Old Politician Promises to Commit Hate Crimes Against Transsexuals

Concerned Tennessee lawmaker Richard Floyd has withdrawn a bill that would have made it illegal for transsexual women to use ladies' restrooms in his state, but that doesn't mean that he wouldn't kick a mudhole in any depraved pervert that tried to go in the "wrong" bathroom. I'm not an expert on law-type stuff and I could be wrong here, but isn't it kind of bad to promise to commit hate crimes on TV?


Floyd's irrational transphobia first made headlines when a Tennessee House colleague of his proposed the "Bathroom Harassment Act" in his honor, a law which would have fined people $50 for not using the bathroom that matches the sex listed on their birth certificate. How would this be enforced? Crotch pat-downs? State-of-the-art instant chromosome analysis in every bathroom in Tennessee? Would Richard Floyd himself serve as the state's Official Minister of Genitalia Inspection? No one says!

The bill was withdrawn, because, according to Floyd, the state of Tennessee should be spending its time fixing things instead of focusing on which bathroom should be used by whom. HOWEVER! Make no mistake: Richard Floyd fucking hates "depraved" and "perverted" transsexuals. Just ask him.

In an interview that would be hilariously out of touch if it wasn't conducted by a man who actually has power, Floyd doubled down on his insistance that transsexuals using the wrong bathroom are the biggest threat to the integrity of vaginas since Colin Farrell in a TV interview on Tuesday. During the 8-minute-long flurry of hate, he reflects sternly on an incident he read about in "the paper" about a Texas Macy's employee who was fired for kicking a trans woman out of the ladies' fitting rooms. Man, that story just about broke his heart. Can you imagine? Fired for being a complete cock? The nerve!

The entire interview is jaw-droppingly hateful and revealing a man with no qualms about singling out a specific population for violence. At one point, he says,

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.

Wait, what?

Did an elected official just threaten to beat someone up for using what he thinks is the "incorrect" dressing room? And did he really stand behind legislation that would protect the rights of other people to be discriminatory? And, to be completely honest, just what kind of ageless superman ninja does 68-year-old Richard Floyd think he is? Doesn't he know that bone density and muscle atrophy commonly happen to people who are pushing 70? I'm trying to imagine him attempting to "kick a mudhole" in, say, Pandora Boxx, and all my brain is producing is an image of Richard Floyd being defensively smacked in the face by a fabulous handbag.


But regardless of the strong He-Man Trans Hater Richard Floyd fancies himself to be, the point stands that he's only the most visible of a very real subset of the population that thinks gender identity is an acceptable grounds for violence. And that's much more terrifying than someone using the "wrong" bathroom.

Tennessee Bathroom Bill Sponsor: 'I would stomp a mudhole' in a transgender person [ThinkProgress]


"Not a real" DrDonna

As a transwoman, this only further depresses my desire to visit that awful place. Of course, there's effectively no reason to go anyways.

Regardless, I love the idea of "state-of-the-art instant chromosome analysis in every bathroom." I think there would be a lot of undiagnosed intersex people who would receive a nasty surprise at first, but I would hope that it would help trans and intersex folk gain more acceptance. Longterm, it would probably backfire on this guy. Of course, he seems to be about 400 years old, so I wouldn't be surprised if he gets his Glorious Reward before he saw what he had created.