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Transphobic TN Lawmaker Introduces ID To Pee/Dress Bill

Transphobic TN Lawmaker Introduces ID To Pee/Dress Bill

 

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.

From News Channel 5:

“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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8:39PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

What a hateful and small minded person, trying so hard to oppress others. I hope he takes a long walk off a short pier and rids the world of his intolerance.

6:40PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

I am a biological female:
GENDER: FEMALE developed brain gender, thus FEMALE IDENTITY, atypical for my developed SEX (see below).
SEX: Atypical Sex for my FEMALE GENDER; my Wolffian half of my Müllerian-Wolffian (dual-potential precursor sex systems) grew instead of my Müllerian half; so my SEX or GENITALIA is Wolffian derived instead of Müllerian derived, even though, as a human, I started with BOTH precursor sex systems, like everyone else.
I am an atypical FEMALE, Wolffian sexed.
Typical FEMALES are usually Müllerian sexed
Atypical MALES are usually Müllerian sexed also.
Typical MALES are usually Wolffian sexed.
etc
Ask any educated person... or a medical doctor... s/he will agree...

Human Müllerian-Wolffian Nephric Duct systems as dual-potential precursor sex systems:
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/HowTheBodyWorks/SexDevelopmentAnOverview/SexualDifferentiation/Pages/DuctDifferentiation.aspx

They may not teach this in elementary schools, or even at higher level schools... but really, they should at least at senior high school levels, not just college/university!!! (not just medical school)

5:00PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

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3:13PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Nancy,
Biology is not destiny. I believe as a woman you should be aware of that, otherwise you'd be home, barefoot and pregnant and all that shit. The thing you fail to understand here is that transsexual or transgender people who may look like a man to you but identify as women or female, ARE women or female. The appendages, the hormones - that's all shit that got stuck in the wrong place, in the wrong body. Rest assured most of them would not likely look at you twice. And I know NOBODY who uses a bathroom to watch women pee. And here's another little fact: there have been no reports of assaults on women by transgender or transsexual women in restrooms or changing rooms. 'Better they deal with it then [sic] expect everyone else to deal with it.' No one is asking you to deal with it, but to be cognizant and respectful of basic civil rights of American citizens. Your final comment is extremely insensitive, and, along with the line I quoted from you seems to speak to a very harsh reality of the American public: we are isolated, we don't give a shit about the rest of the world or anyone even remotely different from us, and if someone has a problem not caused by them somehow it's still their fault. Try a little love, maybe.

3:06PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Deb L.,
Judging from your comment, where you use "trannies" and "they," I'm guessing that you identify as the same gender listed on your birth certificate. Please note, then, that many transpeople consider it a slur to be referred to as "trannies."
Thank you.

7:06PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

I believe the major problem in this country is that any time a person is nude, or partially nude, some idiot believes that something sexual is going to happen. Why is it that there are so many screwed-up people in this country? Believe me, as someone who has had to use a public restroom from time to time, sex is the LAST thing on my mind when I go to pee. Usually, making it in time is first and foremost on my mind. The same goes for a changing room; if I am shopping and trying on clothes, the furthest thing from my mind is sex. I am constantly amazed and confused at the ridiculous number of people who equate nudity with sex. I have had sex with all of my clothes on. Conversely, I have been with groups of nude or semi-nude people at skinny-dipping pool parties where there was no hint of any sexual activity -- we were there to swim naked because it was fun and exhilarating. The people with the sexual hang-ups are the ones we should fear, not the transgender people. Quite frankly, if some asshole stopped me at a restroom door, I'd piss on their leg. And, in case you are wondering, I am a 100% heterosexual male who is able to control himself in awkward situations. I see nothing wrong with co-mingling the genders when necessary. Note that I did not say sexes, as that tends to be misconstrued and twisted into something sordid.

2:12AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Who cares who is in the next stall, be it dressing room or toilet?!?! You shared a bathroom at home with your brother or sister and that didn't hurt or bother you. Good grief, America! Stop creating issues where there are none! No one is asking you to share a toilet or dressing stall with anyone. You have a separate room, and no one wants to see your crinkly asses anyway!! Get over it! Trannies could give a shit about your naked blubbery bods, they have far too much pride and much more beautiful bodies than you could ever hope for. Why? Because they CARE about how they look & are perceived by the world--unlike the rest of our obese nation!! What moronic nonsense, sheesh!!

2:11PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Nancy L. "biologically a male"

I am a doctor, but I'm afraid I require clarification as to what (to you) a "biological" male really is and what this has to do with this discussion. When I last checked, the brain was also part of our "biology" or perhaps your anatomy text books contradict this?

2:00PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

TOM Y. “Certainly it's more of a challenge to face the roots of one's fear and alienation”

You know, at first read, many people may assume that you know what you are talking about. However, in-reality you know very little about this subject. The give-away in this case is the comment:
“It would be more helpful for the "trans" individual to reconcile him-or-herself to their birth sex”

Helpful for whom? And how on earth can anyone know what another person’s “birth sex” was? In some cases, not even the delivery room staff know the answer. Even allowing for a person who appears externally ‘male’ in terms of their secondary sexual characteristics, the primary arbiter of gender identity (and that is what we are talking about here) is the brain. If the brain develops along one pathway and the body another, the brain has the final say in matters. Everyone who would deride and belittle the difficulties faced by those who are born with and grow up with this dichotomy should be thankful that they have never had to even step into the other person’s shoes. never mind walk a lifetime in them.

8:42PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

I honestly wouldn't mind. Everything in the women's changing/bathrooms is divided up into little stalls anyways. You probably wouldn't even know, unless you were peeking into someone else's stall, which makes you the sicko, not them. And all of the men that go hide in women's bathrooms to hurt/rape/molest them are NOT going in there under false pretenses. They go in as men and they hide somewhere where they won't be noticed. They just wait until no one is looking.

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