Washington | Mississippi on Thursday became the first U.S. state to ban transgender women from participating in sports, an example of a highly divisive debate in the United States.
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The question is whether individuals who are not identified with the gender of birth can instead compete in the gender they identify with.
Opponents of this, like Mississippi, say it is unfair to target sports competitions in particular and to pit sports women against tall, strong and fast individuals.
Conversely, plundering transgender athletes at sporting events is said to be discriminatory and very offensive.
A law passed in Mississippi, a state known for Christian conservatism, mandates schools or universities to segregate sports teams or sports according to the gender of athletes or biologists.
The text is due to go into effect on July 1, but will have to be challenged in court by US civil rights organizations, which have revealed the cause of transgender sports women.
This debate is of concern to only a handful of athletes in practice, but it has become an employee of a select few Conservatives.
The governor of the rural state of South Dakota has announced that he will sign the same speech soon, ahead of Women’s Rights Day.
Bills are being debated in about 20 U.S. states.
U.S. President Joe Biden has taken a stand on the issue, announcing on the first day of his decree an order aimed at “preventing and opposing discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”
“Children can study in their school without worrying about being denied access to toilets, rooms or games,” it says.