Mississippi Bans Trans Athletes From Competing in Women’s Sporting Events
Mississippi state Senate passed a bill seeking to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports at state schools and universities.
According to a report in The Associated Press, the bill passed by a 34-9 majority vote.
“I’ve had numerous coaches across the state call me and believe that they feel there’s a need for a policy in Mississippi because they are beginning to have some concerns of having to deal with this,” state Sen. Angela Hill said.
In a similar vain, The North Dakota state House passed a bill that would ban youth transgender athletes from joining teams congruent with their gender identity if they are not biologically of that sex.
“We’ve got science going back well before the United States that backs this. This isn’t new science. Men and women didn’t just cease to exist. They’ve existed for a long time and we’ve been able to recognize the differences,” state Rep. Ben Koppelman said.
Tennessee is also pushing for a requirement that would require student-athletes to prove that their gender identity matches the sex listed on their birth certificate.
“I do believe that transgenders participating in women’s sports will destroy women’s sports,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said.
The Human Rights Campaign criticized the bills being advanced in Mississippi and other states related to transgender participation in sports.
“These bills are not addressing any real problem, and they’re not being requested by constituents… Rather, this effort is being driven by national far-right organizations attempting to sow fear and hate,” the campaign said in a press release.
This comes after President Biden’s Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.
Biden’s executive order received criticism from Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.
“…I am so disappointed over President Biden’s actions to force young girls like them to compete with biological males for access to athletics. It will limit opportunity for so many competitors like my daughters. It is bad policy and it is wrong for America,” Reeves said.
“I don’t understand why politicians are pushing children into transgenderism in the first place. I certainly don’t understand why the President chose to make it a priority. And my heart breaks for the young women across America who will lose in this radical social experiment.”