Not content with the odious “don’t say gay” bill that would ban mention of homosexuality in schools, or a bill that critics say would give kids a license to bully LGBTs so long as they did so from a religious perspective, the Tennessee Legislature saw the introduction of a new bill this week that would impose a $50 fine on anyone who used a restroom or dressing room that did not match the sex on their birth certificate — this in a state where trans people cannot legally amend their birth certificates and so would be precluded from using public amenities that match their gender expression.
The legislation, originally sponsored by State Representative Richard Floyd (HB 2279) and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Bo Watson, states:
(b) Except as provided in § 68-15-303, where a restroom or dressing room in a public building is designated for use by members of one particular sex, only members of that particular sex shall be permitted to use that restroom or dressing room.
(c) A violation of subsection (b) is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a to a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00).
Rep Floyd’s reasons for introducing the bill? He simply “can’t get his mind around” someone being fired for transphobia.
Specifically, how a Texas Macy’s store recently stood by its trans friendly policy and fired an employee after she told a transgender woman that she could not change in the women’s dressing room. The employee says that her Christian religious beliefs prevent her from recognizing transgender people. Conservative group One Million Moms began fretting almost immediately, and Rep Floyd is having none of it, saying his bill would stop this kind of, and I quote, “perverted” way of thinking from coming to Tennessee.
“I cannot imagine firing anybody for something like that. I just cannot, I cannot grasp that, I can’t get my mind around it,” Representative Floyd explained.
Floyd strongly believes a man does not belong inside a women’s restroom or dressing room, not matter the circumstances.
“I don’t care for what reason, how depraved their mind is, how perverted their mind is, or for what reason they think a man has a right to go into a women’s bathroom, or dressing room to try on clothes,” Floyd said.
You can click here to see Floyd make these, and more, comments in a video interview with Channel 5, and hear reactions from trans rights groups, who have labelled this is disgusting transphobia.
Regardless, Floyd has continued his tirade against Macy’s and trans people, commenting to timesfreepress.com (emphasis added):
“It could happen here,” Floyd said. “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,” he said. “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.”
You read that right, Floyd would “stomp” a trans person, “stomp him dry.”
Channel 5 and other sources report that Senator Bo Watson has withdrawn his support, thus the Senate version of the bill is stranded without a sponsor.
Floyd however is said to be determined to find another sponsor and bring about a floor vote on the issue. Floyd is also standing by his comments despite accusations of blatant transphobia.
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