By Angela Williams |WAPT 16| February 5, 2021
Jackson, Miss. - President Joe Biden’s executive order designed to allow equal transgender participation in school sports.
“If there’s one thing that we are passionate about in the Reeves family, it’s my daughters’ sports,” Reeves began in a series of tweets Thursday. “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.”
The governor went on to describe the hard work and practice his daughters put into sports and how they’ve learned to win and how to lose.
“It’s true bonding – my happiest and proudest Dad moments,” Reeves said. “It is also why I am so disappointed over President Biden’s actions to force young girls like them to compete with biological males for access to athletics. It will limit opportunity for so many competitors like my daughters. It is bad policy and it is wrong for America.”
Biden signed the executive order Jan. 20, which is intended to enable transgender women who have gone through male puberty to compete in women’s sports. The move was applauded by LGBTQ advocates, but quickly drew criticism from others who argued it threatens the rights of others.
“Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love,” the order says. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports.”
“I don’t understand why politicians are pushing children into transgenderism in the first place,” Reeves said in the Twitter thread. “I certainly don’t understand why the President chose to make it a priority. And my heart breaks for the young women across America who will lose in this radical social experiment.”
The ACLU of Mississippi tweeted a response to criticism of the order, saying "There is simply no data to back up these concerns."