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Mississippi is the first state to pass a law attacking transgender youth

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Mississippi’s legislature just passed a law that would ban transgender girls and women from school sports and the governor is expected to sign it soon, which makes it the first state to pass a law attacking transgender youth this year.

The point of the bill “is not to protect women athletes,” said Jarvis Dortch of the ACLU of Mississippi. “It’s to tell transgender kids that they do not belong, that they’re not welcome.”

Related: Trump administration asks court to maintain ban on transgender girls from school sports

S.B. 2536 was passed by the Mississippi Senate last month. This past Wednesday the state house voted 81-28 in favor of the bill, with 73 Republicans and eight Democrats voting in favor. Republicans control both chambers of the state legislature in Mississippi.

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) is expected to sign the bill soon.

“I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities,” Reeves said on social media Thursday. “It’s crazy we have to address it, but the Biden E.O. forced the issue.”Reeves was referring to an executive order that President Joe Biden signed on his first day in office in January, which said that […]

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