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Chattanooga lawmaker threatens to 'stomp' transgender people

Rep. Richard Floyd has introduced a bill requiring birth-gender bathroom

January 12, 2012 O&AN Staff Reports   Comments

A Chattanooga lawmaker has drawn criticism from the GLBT community for his comments on transgender people.

Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, has introduced a bill that would prohibit people from using public bathrooms and dressing rooms that don’t match the gender listed on their birth certificates.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Floyd introduced the bill after reading a news article about a Texas woman who said she was fired from Macy's after stopping a male dressed as a woman from using a dressing room.

“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.”

Floyd later expressed disgust at society's attitudes towards transgender people, explaining that they were guilty of a "perverted way of thinking."

On the Tennessee Equality Project blog, chairman Jonathan Cole called the bill "one of the most vicious attack bills ever filed against transgender people in state government."

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