Mississippi Republican Government Tate Reeves signed a bill Thursday banning trans athletes from competing in girls’ or women’s sports teams.
Mississippi became the first country to implement such a ban this year after a federal court blocked an Idaho law last year. While legal challenges are
possible, the Mississippi Senate Act 2536 will be enacted on 1 July.
More than 20 states are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-approved healthcare for transgender children this year. Conservative MPs are responding
to Democratic President Joe Biden’s executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity in school sports and elsewhere. Biden signed
on January 20, when he took office.
“But President Biden sat down as his first initiative, and I think he signed an executive order promoting heterosexuality among our youth – but the truth is,
we won’t be here today,” Reeves said at an event in Mississippi Capital. Supporting legislators also participated.
LGBTQ human rights organization Human Rights Campaign head Alfonso David said on Thursday that the Mississippi law could rape transgender people more.
“The law is a solution to the problem, and Mississippi legislators have not provided any example of a gaming system for Mississippi transgender athletes for
competitive advantage,” said David. Said.
Reeves has three daughters who play sports, and on March 4 he said on Twitter that the Mississippi law would “protect young girls from being forced to
compete with biological men for athletic opportunities.
Chase Strangio, a transgender lawyer at the national ACLU, said the Mississippi bill was “extremely vague and seemingly impractical.”
“Unfortunately, there is already widespread discrimination against trans youth in Mississippi, which means people are already deprived of sports,” Strangio
The Freedom Defender Alliance is a conservative party that defends the law of Idaho and represents three veteran girls in a Connecticut case trying to
prevent transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports. The Coalition’s Advocate for Freedom, Cristiana Holcomb, praised Mississippi law in a
“When we ignore science and biological facts, female athletes will lose opportunities for medals, podium stains, public recognition and competition.”
The Mississippi Senate passed the bill on February 11, and the House passed it on March 3. Most Republicans supported the bill, and most Democrats either
opposed or abstained.
Republican legislators who passed the law provided no evidence that transgender athletes did not compete in Mississippi schools or universities.
“The coaches told me this was an impending problem in Mississippi and they were basically willing to give me details,” Picayun Republican Senator Angela Hill
said on Thursday. I believe they know the example. In general I think they want to leave it in this. But they told me it was urgent. “
Bill proponents like the Mississippi argue that ever since they were born male, transgender girls are naturally stronger, faster, and bigger than women.
Opponents say such proposals violate not only the title of the federal education law prohibiting gender discrimination, but also the rulings of the US Supreme Court and the 11th US Court of Appeals.