Author of Tennessee Bathroom Bill Threatens Violence Against Transgender People

Senator Richard Floyd introduced the Bathroom Harassment Act into the Tennessee State Legislature. Senator Bo Watson, who also introduced a version of he bill, withdrew his version of the same bill.

Under the proposed legislation, a transgender person would face a $50 fine for using a restroom or a dressing room that does not match their birth gender. Transgender advocates have criticized the bill for being transphobic. Maine’s legislature considered a similar bill earlier this year.

Senator Floyd, the only remaining sponsor of the bill drew further controversy when he threatened to use violence on a transgender person he caught using a dressing room not appropriate for their birth gender.

“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”, said Floyd in an interview with WTVF 5.

Floyd continued saying that the bill protects everyone and that people should not care what transgender advocacy groups say in the same interview.

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