GOP senator apologizes after boos for ‘two sexes’ remarks
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) apologized Monday after being booed by a crowd during an inaugural speech at the University of Wyoming for saying it was a "fundamental scientific truth" that there were only "two genders”.
Lummis said "it was never my intention to make anyone feel unwelcome or disrespected," and apologized to those made to feel unwelcome, according to Oil City News.
"My reference to the existence of two genders was intended to highlight the times we are in, times when the metric of biological sex is being debated with potential implications for the shared value of equality in Wyoming," the statement said.
During Sunday's inaugural address, Lummis said constitutional rights are being attacked in the US and "even basic scientific truths such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are being called into question today."
The remark immediately drew a loud chorus of boos from the crowd, as Lummis paused for an awkward smile.
"You know, I..." Lummis said, waving his hand. "I challenge yours. I'm not commenting on the fact that there are people who switch between genders."
Lummis then moved on to another topic, ignoring repeated boos from the crowd.
University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel released a statement on Lummis's comments without naming the senator.
"One of our speakers made comments about sex that many on campus object to," he said. "While we respect everyone's right to voice their opinions, from students to elected officials, we state unequivocally that the UW is an institution that supports and celebrates its diverse communities that together make us the wonderful place we are are."
Republican-led states have introduced a slew of transphobic laws, including a directive by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to investigate parents who allow their child to receive gender-reassigned care.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) banned discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in schools from kindergarten through third grade. Several red states have also banned transgender girls from participating in girls' sports.
Other GOP lawmakers and politicians in local, state and federal offices have made inflammatory comments against the trans community, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said earlier this month that gender-affirming grooming was "almost grotesque," while Michigan GOP state senators accused Democrats of "grooming" children because of their advocacy for transgender rights had.
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