Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) is expected set to sign a bill on Thursday banning transgender athletes from competing on girls and womens sports teams.
The legislation calls on K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to designate all sports teams for men and boys, women and girls or coed. It states that Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.
The bill passed the states Senate last month, and Mississippi House lawmakers passed the bill last week.
The bill will go into effect on July 1 after being signed by the governor.
Reeves earlier this month vowed that he will sign the legislation in order to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities.
He also slammed President BidenJoe BidenManchin cements key-vote status in 50-50 SenateThe Memo: How the COVID year upended politicsPost-pandemic plans for lawmakers: Chuck E. Cheese, visiting friends, hugging grandkidsMOREs executive order he signed earlier this year banning discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities.
Its crazy we have to address it, but the Biden E.O. forced the issue. Adults? Thats on them. But the push for kids to adopt transgenderism is just wrong. https://t.co/sncpaPlTbZ
Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 4, 2021
States across the country have proposed restrictions on athletics for transgender students this year, seeking to block transgender children and young adults from playing on the teams that affirm their gender identity.
Critics of the legislation argue that it marginalizes transgender students from participating in activities that align with their gender.
The Human Right Campaign, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, last week slammed the states passage of the bill, calling Mississippi the first state in the nation to pass an explicitly anti-trans bill in 2021.
We are witnessing a coordinated effort to limit and erase trans existence across the country, the group tweeted.
BREAKING: Mississippi just passed SB 2536, an anti-trans sports bill, becoming the first state in the nation to pass an explicitly anti-trans bill in 2021.
We are witnessing a coordinated effort to limit and erase trans existence across the country.
Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 3, 2021