Over yonder in Tennessee, State Rep. Richard Floyd is defending his bill to harass transgender people using public bathrooms. His measure would prohibit trans people from using use public bathrooms and dressing rooms that don’t match the gender listed on their birth certificates.
Quoting Rep. Floyd from the Chattanooga Times Free Press article Watson withdraws Senate version of bill affecting transgender use of restrooms, dressing rooms:
“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. 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 them him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”
He doubles down on his take on trans women in a video for a webpiece entitled Proposed State Bathroom Bill Would Limit Transgender Options.
““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…I’m just sick and tired of society having to adjust to every little alternate life style, or little whim or someone who thinks they’re different…If things go in the future like Washington wants them to go, people will be marrying their dogs, their cats, and their horses. We can’t continue to let society go down a slippery slope of depravity and survive as a society.
And note that I said “trans women,” and not “trans people.” You see, Rep. Floyd only thinks of trans people being male-to-female — he hasn’t really thought through the reality that there trans people who are female-to male.
To take trans women out of women’s restrooms, one would put trans men into women’s restrooms. So would Rep. Floyd rather have someone like a Marisa Richmond in a women’s restroom or would he rather have a someone like a Diego Sanchez, a Masen Davis, or an Ethan St. Pierre in a women’s restroom?
And beyond that, does that mean that everyone who uses a public restroom in Tennessee is going to have to carry a copy of their birth certificate with them? Exactly how is this measure, if enacted, going to be policed?
Jonathan Cole of the Tennessee Equality Project dubbed the proposed measure the “Police the Potty” bill, and describes the situation this way:
With unemployment rates higher than the national average and poor educational outcomes in the State of Tennessee, it’s alarming to see lawmakers champion legislation that will only bring unwanted embarrassment to our state. I suppose it’s easier for some lawmakers to manufacture a problem, propose an invasive big government “solution”, and target a small minority than to actually solve real problems in Tennessee.
That sounds like an apt description of the situation to me. Rep. Floyd should personally be embarrassed that he even proposed this bill — it’s a fail of a measure on so many levels. But, that’s the kind of stoopid we seem to see too frequently from those on the extreme right: manufacture a problem, propose an invasive big government “solution” to the “problem,” and then target a minority rather than solve real problems.