States launch a conservative offensive against transgender athletes in the US
In the United States on Thursday, Mississippi became the first state in the United States to portray transgender women from competing in women’s sports, drawing an extremely divisive debate in the United States.
The focus of the debate is whether people who do not identify themselves at birth can compete with the gender they identify.
Opponents, in Mississippi, focus exclusively on women’s competitions. He claims that it is unfair to pit female athletes against those who can be big, strong and fast.
On the other hand, there are those who claim that it is discriminatory and extremely hurtful for transgender athletes deprived of sporting events.
Legislation enacted in Mississippi, a state known for its Christian conservatism, obliges schools or universities to “allocate sports teams or sports based on biological teams” to athletes.
The law will go into effect on July 1, but it is expected to be challenged in court by civil rights organizations in the United States who have taken up the cause of transgender athletes.
This debate only affects a handful of athletes, but has become the work of many conservative politicians.
The governor of rural South Dakota announced on Women’s Rights Day that he would soon sign a similar bill.
And a similar bill is being debated in about 20 US states.
US President Joe Biden has spoken out on the matter, issuing his first-day executive order “to prevent and combat discrimination based on sexual identity or sexual orientation”.
“Children should be able to study in their school without worrying about being deprived of toilets, changing rooms or sports,” he says.
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