Target: Tennessee General Assembly Representative Richard Floyd
Goal: To urge this Tennessee politician to issue a public apology to transgender people for advocating violence against them and to cease similar speech in the future.
Transgender people are targets of more violence than most. So, it doesn’t help that a Tennessee representative is giving the green light for people to “stomp a mudhole” in transgender men and women. Richard Floyd must stop these hazardous statements before a depraved person commits a deadly act against this group of people.
Floyd had previously sponsored a Tennessee House bill that would prohibit transgender people from using restrooms and dressing rooms that did not match the sex listed on their birth certificates. If caught, violators would receive a $50 fine.
Floyd not only condoned, but advocated violence against transgender Americans. He introduced the bill earlier this month by saying, “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.” He made similar threats to a local Nashville news station.
“Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk,” Floyd added.
Just days ago, the Senate withdrew its version of the bill, but Floyd’s words continue to reverberate through the public sphere. We are calling for Floyd to issue an apology for his harmful and potentially violence-causing statements.
By singing the petition below, you will tell Floyd that not only are his words unacceptable and dangerous, but they will not be tolerated. Fighting words –especially against oppressed groups– are never right.
Dear Tennessee General Assembly Representative Richard Floyd,
Your recent statements against the transgender community are particularly troubling. When you publicly stated that you would “stomp a mudhole” in a transgender woman who used the same dressing room as your family, millions of people were exposed to your words.
Not only is this type of speech hateful, it can also lead to physical violence against transgender people –even if that wasn’t your intention. As a government representative in a position of power, I urge you to choose your words more carefully.
It is imperative that you issue a public statement of apology to mitigate the potential danger you have caused to thousands of transgender people. Please commit to taking action immediately.
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