January 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Tenn. bathroom bill sponsor: ‘I would stomp a mudhole’ in a trans person

Tennessee state Rep. Richard Floyd (R) used violent and graphic language to discuss his views on trans people using dressing rooms that match their gender identity, according to ThinkProgress.

“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,” the lawmaker told a Tennessee newspaper.

“Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk,” the legislator continued. “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.”

Not everyone is standing by Floyd. The bill lost its Senate sponsor, Sen. Bo Watson, who dropped the bill citing “far more pressing issues facing the state of Tennessee at this time.”

Rep. Floyd spoke on camera to a news channel about the bill, saying he “doesn’t care” about opposition arguments that the bill will make public spaces less safe for trans customers.

So far, no new Senators have stepped up to sponsor the bill since Sen. Watson dropped the bill.


  • This is embarrassing. Everyone in Tennessee is not like this. I promise.

  • Well, this is the mentality that is, in some avenues, running the state of Tennessee. Hmm, imagine that!

  • is this another example of the repubs supposed interest and insistance of small gov’t? make another law to ‘keep us safe.’ what absurdity. I say let people like rep floyd keep talking. the more his small minded views are heard, the more outrage is spurred and people of reason speak up and act. thank you, blade, for getting this out to the world.

  • wow, this video reminds me of a period in our history of the black Americans the time period of prejudiced i mean wow i thought we were over this kinda hatefulness.

  • I am a pre-op transsexual and have tried on clothing while shopping in Tennessee. This sounds like I have just been publicly threatened with bodily harm! According to Tennessee Code 39-17-308 this constitutes harassment and is a Class A misdemeanor. What are my legal options now. Why is this man not up on charges?

    I would love to debate why his thinking is wrong, but I have found that people with these viewpoints don’t generally want to change, and that the law is better than logic at shutting them up some times.

  • Is there a way to contact this Senator and explain to him how much of piece of crap he is? Can someone please hand him some serious research on the subject so he can educate his ignorant self? I’ve never met a trans person who is any more perverted than me. I’m bisexual, do I need my own special bathroom? Watch out, everyone, I’m comin’ for you! I am in a relationship with a trans man and he is one of the most gentlemenly, sweet, caring people I have ever met. He wouldn’t pull half of the crap straight men try to pull and get away with because it’s “natural.” Ridiculous.

  • So he wants to pass a law requiring the most masculine, bearded female-to-male transgendered men to use the same restroom and dressing room as his daughter. (They generally have female on their birth certificate, even though they live life as a male, and appear as male as any other man.) Yeah…that solves his problem.

  • @Ronnie Luethy: You state that you’re a pre-op transsexual. Oh my. With all the negatives that have occurred recently to transsexuals in the DC and geographic other areas, have you considered all the negatives with which you may very likely be confronted? We recently revisited that you won’t be protected by any federal or state anti-discrimination laws. Yikes! Perhaps you need to reconsider before it’s too late. Thoughts??

  • I am a transgendered female, I wish he would try me. I would kick his sorry tired old peckerwood butt.

  • The cretin says that his family would be put at risk if a transgender person were to use the dressing room at the same time his family was using the room. I would like to know how they would be put at risk, what does the man think is going to happen? Stores that have areas set aside for patrons to try on a clothing item before buying would be smart to declare this area a unisex area. Anyone could use the space, This space would not be a bit unlike restroom facilities used by either sex. If customers don’t like the idea of a unisex dressing area they are not compelled to shop the store.

  • this man needs to resign.

  • What an idiot! Makes you wonder why he is so convinced that any person with a penis, in the presence of a woman in a dressing room or bathroom, is inherently predatory. Writing this as I listen…..What a f -ing idiot.

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