Mississippi Officially Bans Transgender Athletes From Female Sports Teams | 22 Words

Mississippi governor, Tate Reeves, has signed a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in women's sports while insisting it will keep competition fair.

Safe to say, this has really divided opinions...

The bill is due to become law on July 1st.

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Other states such as Utah and Tennessee and North Dakota are also considering similar bills, with certain states opting to ban trans athletes in K-12 sports.

Elected officials in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kentucky, and New Hampshire are now also considering doing the same.

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Keep scrolling for all the details on this nationwide issue.

Now, this has been debated for quite some time.

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Ever since the Olympics allowed trans athletes to compete in 2016, there has been a solid divide in opinion over the matter.

While many are supportive of the inclusion of transgender athletes...

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Others argue that it is unfair towards other athletes competing in the sport.

The subject of transgender female athletes is certainly the most debated...

With people like Piers Morgan arguing that female trans athletes have an "unfair advantage" due to the fact they were born with a male anatomy, consisting of testosterone and other male hormones that increase strength and stamina.

It has been argued that their competitors don't "stand a chance"...

And there's a high number of people out there who feel transgender athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete because of this thought.

For instance, professional MMA fighter Ronda Rousey refused to fight trans fighter Fallon Fox in 2014.

"I feel like if you go through puberty as a man it's something that you can't really reverse. You can't just reverse that, there's no undo button on that. That's, unfortunately, her scenario," she said of her decision.

And New Zealand transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, faced a lot of criticism after she won a gold medal at the Pacific Games.

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New Zealand-based lobby group, "Speak Up For Women," which advocates that sport must be categorized by sex rather than gender identity, called on the country's Olympic committee and sports minister to "defend women's sport."

"Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women's sport is blatantly unfair," the group's spokesperson Ani O'Brien harshly said.

Nevertheless, transgender athletes are allowed to compete here in the United States...

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And transgender girls are permitted to participate in sports that match their gender identity at schools and colleges across the country.

However, that is all changing in one particular State.

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The State of Mississippi voted unanimously to ban young transgender athletes from competing in female sports in all schools and universities.

Of course, many have slammed the decision as an "attack on trans lives," including the Human Rights Campaign.

​However, others have expressed their support for the bill.

The initial vote took place on Thursday, February 11th, and won by thirty-six votes to 9.

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4 people chose not to take part in the vote, while 5 voted "present," meaning they were not voting for or against the new legislation.

There was reportedly "very little discussion" before the vote took place in the Republican-led state...

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And, according to AP, no one asked if any transgender athletes were currently competing in Mississippi, with the bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Angela Hill, not offering such information.

Sen. Hill said this on the decision:

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"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."

Following the first vote, it officially passed through Senate.

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On March 3rd, representatives voted 81-28 in favor of the bill.

The news comes after President Joe Biden signed an executive order which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in school sports.

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The order said this: "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports."

However, the Governor of the state, Tate Reeves, took to Twitter to slam his decision saying:

"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."

And now, Tate Reeves has signed the bill making Mississippi legally and officially ban transgender women from competing in high school and university sports.

The bill, named Senate Bill 2536, is due to become law on July 1.

Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David, disagreed with the decision deeming it as "appalling."

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In a statement he said: "While transgender athletes have been competing at every level for years without incident. Governor Reeves is signing this bill while Mississippians continue to suffer and real issues go unaddressed.

"Bullying transgender kids is no way to govern the state out of the crises they face ... Transgender kids deserve better and so does Mississippi."

All public schools in the state are now forced to "designate its athletic teams or sports according to biological sex."

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Though the bill could still face a legal challenge in the courts despite Reeves' decision.

Stay tuned for more updates on this ongoing issue.