Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is set to sign a bill to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls or women’s sports teams
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is scheduled to sign a bill Thursday to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls or women’s sports teams.
Mississippi will become the first state this year to enact such a ban, after a federal court blocked a similar Idaho law last year. Mississippi’s Senate Bill 2536 is set to become law July 1, although a legal challenge is possible.
Alphonso David, president of the LGBTQ civil rights group Human Rights Campaign, condemned the Mississippi bill.
“There is simply no justification for banning transgender girls and women from participating in athletics other than discrimination,” David said after the House passed it March 3.