by Jeff Woods
All too predictably, the blogosphere is blowing up with the latest news from our state legislature: Rep. Richard Floyd’s bill to spare normal citizens the indignity of using the bathroom in the presence of transgender people.
“If anything, it’s making us a laughingstock,” says Marisa Richmond, lobbyist for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. “We’re talking about harassing people who are taking care of a basic biological function, and that’s all this does. My email inbox is lit up today. People all over the country are just shocked that this sort of legislation is being introduced. They’re using words like absurd, idiocy, discriminatory as well as obviously transphobic.”
In Montreal, they’re wondering if Tennessee is actually part of America.
So we were happy to watch Floyd’s interview with WTVF in which he explains himself. You see, he read a newspaper article about some Macy’s department store clerk (in Texas, he thinks) who was fired for refusing to let some transgender person into a lady’s dressing room, and Floyd is outraged over this, and he feels like beating up somebody, and there ought to be a law, and it’s all Washington’s fault, and humans will start marrying animals if we don’t draw a line in the sand right here and now.
“I’m just sick and tired of society having to adjust to every little alternate lifestyle or little whim of someone who thinks they’re different,” Floyd says. “We’ve got the tail wagging the dog. If things go in the future like Washington wants them to go, people will be marrying their dogs and cats and horses. We can’t continue to let society go down a slippery slope of depravity and survive as a society. We can’t do it.”
OK then. Why didn’t he say that in the first place?