Mississippi Republican-controlled Senate vote to ban transgender athletes on female teams
ByFunAsia 14 Feb 2021 12:10 PM 87

A bill focusing on the renewal of transgender rights may ban Transgender athletes from competing in girls' or women's sports in Mississippi schools and universities.

Mississippi is one of the states with lawmakers voting to propose restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors this year.

Democratic President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 20 — the day he took charge-that lifts discrimination on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere.

There was some discussion of Senate Bill 2536 before the Republican-controlled state Senate late Thursday night passed it 34-9. Four senators voted "present," which count against the measure. Five did not vote.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Angela Hill of Picayune said, "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."

No senator raised a question on if any transgender athlete is currently competing in Mississippi. The bill is expected to go to the Republican-controlled House for more work in the coming weeks.

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