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This is just a quick update: yesterday I wrote a post about a petition urging Tennessee state representative Richard Floyd to resign. He had sponsored a bill to harass people who are transgender when they attempt to use restrooms and make them show their birth certificates beforehand. This is even more strange because in Tennessee their laws prevent anyone from changing their sex on their birth certificate - it has to remain what the state decides it is at your birth. So by law, their birth certificate is incorrect from birth, and then they'd be legally punished later in life because of that fact.

But then, facing pressure and criticism from state and national organizations and blogs, Rep. Richard Floyd wouldn't back down from his proposal. Instead, he did a televised interview in which he said that he wants to "stomp a mudhole" in women who are transgender and who choose to use the same dressing room/restroom as his wife or daughter at the same time they're using it. He seems very attached to his bill, and beyond that, attached to his deep-seated hatred and fear of people who are transgender, and apparently especially women who are transgender. The fact that he felt comfortable enough to go on TV and discuss violently attacking people who are his constituents really speaks volumes.

There is a petition urging him to resign from office after his violently transphobic comments. It went up yesterday and they've already had to move the goalposts several times: it started at 2,000 signatures and was increased to 3,000; now the goal is 4,000 and there are 3,981.

It's up now at Tennessee Equality Project's Facebook page, and Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend graciously retweeted it, along with some other people.

I think we can get the 19 or so signatures to reach 4,000 easily, and probably a lot more than that. So can you all help? If you have Twitter or Facebook (or Tumblr), send it to your friends.

I am less worried about my post (though recs would honestly be appreciated for visibility) and more focused on passing around the petition itself.

Thanks, everyone.

UPDATE: And just like that:

NEW goal - We need 5,000 signatures

There are currently 4,016 signatures


There are currently 4,114 signatures

Let's go, 5,000!

Edited to reflect a more accurate reading of his comments.

Originally posted to indiemcemopants on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM PST.

Also republished by TransAction, Milk Men And Women, Angry Gays, and Three Star Kossacks.

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