Mississippi Senate: Ban transgender athletes on female teams


Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, adjusts her face masks while asking a question as lawmakers discuss and debate bills in their chamber at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Mississippi Senate has voted to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ or women’s sports in the state’s schools and universities.

There was little discussion before senators passed Senate Bill 2536 in a late-night session Thursday. The vote was 34-9. Republican Sen. Angela Hill says coaches have called her wanting a policy.

Mississippi is one of a dozen states with lawmakers proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors this year.

An LGBTQ advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign, is condemning anti-transgender bills in Mississippi and other states. The Mississippi bill moves to the Republican-controlled House.

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