Mississippi House passes bill banning transgender athletes from female sports

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The Mississippi House of Representatives has passed the SB2536 Bill, which bans transgender athletes from female designated sports.

The Bill was introduced in the Mississippi Senate, which it passed earlier last month with a vote of 34-9, and now the House of Representatives with a vote of 81-28.

The Bill requires public schools, member schools of the Mississippi High School Activities association, public institutions of higher education, or any higher education institution which is a member of the NCAA, NAIA or NJCCA to designate its athletic teams or sports on the basis of ‘biological sex.

The bill states that athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex, which in its effect bans transgender female athletes from participating in sports based on their self-identified gender.

Various rights organizations have opposed the Bill for its discriminatory impact on transgender athletes.

The bill now heads to Mississippi Governor, Tate Reeves, and requires a final approval. If signed into law, it is expected to take effect from July 1, 2021.

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