Mississippi has ruled that transgender athletes will no longer be able to compete in women and girls' sports teams.
The state's House voted 81-28 to pass Senate Bill 2536, 'an act to require any public school, public institution of higher learning or institution of higher learning that is a member of the NCAA, NAIA, MHSAA or MJCCA to designate its athletic teams or sports according to biological sex', according to CNN.
The aim of the bill is to 'protect' any school from wanting to have 'separate athletic tams or sports for students of the female sex.
The legislation will now be implemented across Mississippi's schools and universities following approval from Republican Governor Tate Reeves, who has voiced his support of the change.
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
In a statement on Twitter, Reeves wrote: "I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities."
"It's crazy we have to address it, but the [President Joe] Biden E.O. forced the issue. Adults? That's on them. But the push for kids to adopt transgenderism is just wrong."
He added on Facebook: "If there's one thing that we are passionate about in the Reeves family, it's my daughters' sports.
"I know that the lessons learned through team sports have led to so many successful lives and careers for women and have truly helped provide a more equal opportunity for success in our world."
He went on to say that he was 'so disappointed' over the idea of making girls compete against people who were biologically born a different sex because he believes it 'will limit opportunity for so many competitors like my daughters'.
I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities.
It's crazy we have to address it, but the Biden E.O. forced the issue. Adults? That's on them. But the push for kids to adopt transgenderism is just wrong. https://t.co/sncpaPlTbZ
- Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 4, 2021
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David slammed the new laws, saying in a statement: "Today, in sending SB 2536 to Governor Reeves, Mississippi became the first state to take the plunge by passing legislation specifically attacking transgender children.
"Mississippi is so determined to be on the wrong side of history that it is defying the evidence in favour of discrimination," he added.
"There is simply no justification for banning transgender girls and women from participating in athletics other than discrimination."
Across the US, just 17 states allow transgender high school athletes to take part in sports without regulation.
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