Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) is expected set to sign a bill on Thursday banning transgender athletes from competing on girls and women’s sports teams. 

calls on K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to designate all sports teams for men and boys, women and girls or “coed.” It states that “Athletic teams or sports designated for ‘females,’ ‘women’ or ‘girls’ shall not be open to students of the male sex.” 

The bill passed the state’s Senate last month, and Mississippi House lawmakers passed the bill last week. 

The bill will go into effect on July 1 after being signed by the governor.

Reeves earlier this month vowed that he will sign the legislation in order to “protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities.” 

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