Governor Tate Reeves signed the “Securing Areas for Females Effectively and Responsibly Act” into law Monday, making Mississippi the eleventh state in the U.S. to protect single-sex spaces in schools.

The SAFER Act (SB 2753) requires men and women use sex-segregated facilities — like bathrooms, locker rooms and sorority housing — consistent with their sex, rather than their perceived “gender identity.”

The law defines sex as “the biological indication of male and female as observed or clinically verified at birth.” It further states that sex does not change based on people’s “psychological, chosen, or subjective experience, feelings, actions, or sense of self.”

By separating sex and “gender identity,” legislators hope to keep men from entering women’s single-sex spaces.

“Having to pass common sense policies that protect women’s spaces was unimaginable just a few years ago,” Governor Reeves writes on X, “but here we are … we have to pass a law to protect women in bathrooms, sororities, locker rooms, dressing rooms, shower rooms, and more.”

The law also signals Mississippi’s intention to push back on federal legislation — like the Department of Education’s rewrite of Title IX — forcing schools to give people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their “gender identity.”

“There’s no doubt that the left will continue to come up with more kooky ideas that harm biological women,” Reeves writes, “And there’s no doubt that Mississippi will continue to push back on them. That’s because we have to — protecting girls and women from the left’s dangerous agenda is just too important to ignore.”

Mississippi’s SAFER law mimics laws protecting single-sex spaces in Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Florida.

All eleven of these states join Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Montana, Texas, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri in refusing to comply with the Department of Education’s new Title IX rules.

Enacted in 1972, Title IX was written to give women and girls equal access to educational opportunities, including intramural sports.

The edited version released last month expands the definition of “sex” to include “gender identity”—giving men who “identify” as women free access to women’s locker rooms, bathrooms and sports leagues.

The Daily Citizen applauds Mississippi for refusing to bow to the social and political pressures of gender ideology — a belief system activist and author Kara Dansky rightly calls “a regressive and sexist concept that has no business being enshrined in law or policy.”

Single-sex spaces aren’t discriminatory — they’re necessary and undeniably worth fighting for.

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