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Saturday, January 14, 2012

TENNESSEE: State GOP Rep Pushes Bill To Ban Trans People From Restrooms

GOP Tennessee state Rep. Richard Floyd is so upset about Macy's, he's introduced a bill that would ban transgender people from using public restrooms and fitting rooms.
State Representative Richard Floyd drafted the legislation after an employee at a Texas Macy's store was fired in December for stopping a transgender teenager from trying on clothing in a women's dressing room. "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. The Chattanooga Republican said he did not want anyone in Tennessee to face a similar situation, so he drafted House Bill 2279. 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. His proposed bill would require a birth certificate to prove which restroom a person would be required to use. Violators would face a misdemeanor charge and a fine.

UPDATE: Think Progress points us to this quote in which Floyd vows to physically attack any trans person he sees in a dressing room.
“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.

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