Wyoming GOP senator apologizes after saying there are only two sexes in commencement speech

Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming apologized after graduates at the University of Wyoming booed her for claiming that male and female are the only sexes in her commencement speech. The Washington Examiner reports that during the speech, Lummis stated, “scientific truths such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subject to challenge these days.”

In addition to garnering boos, the senator’s remark attracted a scathing response from others on campus, including university President Ed Seidel, who issued a statement saying that “one of our speakers made remarks regarding biological sex that many on campus take issue with.” He continued, “While we respect the right of all to express their views, from students to elected officials, we unequivocally state that UW is an institution that supports and celebrates its diverse communities that collectively make us the wonderful place that we are.”

The university’s diversity, equity, and inclusion board also responded to the senator’s comments saying that “intersex members of our community who have diverse chromosomal makeup should be seen and recognized,” adding that they “deeply regret the harmful impact these words at our graduation ceremony may have had on those graduating as well as their families and friends.”

While standing by the substance of her comment, Lummis apologized, stating that it was not her intent to “make anyone feel unwelcomed or disrespected.” She explained, “I share the fundamental belief that women and men are equal, but also acknowledge that there are biological differences and circumstances in which these differences need to be recognized.”

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