Denton Sheriff Candidate Cancels Meeting with LGBT Group About His Threat to Transgender Women
Tracy Murphree, Republican candidate for Denton County sheriff, announced he had said all he needed to say in regard to his Facebook post claiming he’d beat a transgender woman if he caught her in the bathroom with his daughter.
“This whole bathroom thing is craziness I have never seen.” he wrote in his original April 22 Facebook post. “All I can say is this: If my little girl is in a public restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify, goes into that bathroom, he will then identify as John Doe until he wakes up in whatever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girl’s safety.”
Murphree’s post set off a firestorm that led to Equality Texas, a statewide organization dedicated to LGBT equality, to reach out and set up a meeting with the GOP sheriff elect and a Denton County family with a transgender child. Murphree abruptly canceled the meeting Wednesday evening, the day before it was scheduled to take place.
“I feel I have made my position clear that I am not targeting transgenders but concerned about predators taking advantage of the [bathroom] policies,” Murphree wrote in April 27 email to Equality Texas. “I really have nothing else to add.”