The Weight of Thought

On Jan. 12 Tennessee State Representative Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga) said he would “stomp a mudhole” into any transgender woman he saw attempting to use a women’s restroom. That phrase means to sexually and violently assault someone to the point where they are unable to fight back.

So far, Rep. Floyd’s comments have been largely ignored and unchallenged by the mainstream media. How could something so incredibly outrageous and disgusting go unreported?

We are living in a world in which transgender people face extremely high rates of violence and discrimination. Every year I attend the Transgender Day of Remembrance and hear a new list of names of trans people who have been murdered. And, sadly, in my workplace, I hear stories of violence and discrimination on a regular basis.

Rep. Floyd’s hateful remarks validate people’s misconceptions about transgender people and incite violence against anyone who is gender-nonconforming.

My heart goes out to all of the Tennesseans who are subjected to this kind of violent language and discrimination.