TN Lawmaker Says He'd "Stomp a Mudhole" in Transgender People Who Came Near His Family in a Dressing Room

Today's award for bigotry and intolerance goes to one Richard Floyd, a GOP State Rep. from Tennessee who has introduced legislation that would ban transgender individuals from using public restrooms and dressing rooms that are not designated for the gender listed on their birth certificates. What's more, Rep. Floyd said in a recent interview that if he "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" (by which he means a transgender person), he would "stomp a mudhole" in that person. He went on, "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."

According to Urban Dictionary, the phrase "stomp a mudhole" means to "kick someone into the ground."

Even under scrutiny from rights groups and the public at large, Floyd will not reconsider his ignorant position. Raw Story reports:

Speaking to Raw Story on Friday, Floyd did not back down from the threat.

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

As Raw Story notes, Floyd's bill is unlikely to pass.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 14, 2012, 7:05am

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