U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lamis of Wyoming has apologized after saying in a Saturday speech at the University of Wyoming that some believe transphobia has caused outcry from the crowd.
Lamis, a Republican in deep red Wyoming, began her speech with the usual choruses of the start day, encouraging graduates to work hard and understand their place in the world. She moved on to discuss subversive technologies such as cryptocurrency before reflecting on how technical capabilities confront individual rights.
She suggested that some rights were at stake, including “freedom of speech, religion, property, assembly, and the possession and carrying of weapons.” She then remarked: “Even fundamental scientific truths, such as the existence of two sexes – male and female – are subject to challenge today.”
Then you hear a loud scream, mixed with bursting applause video from the ceremony.
Oil City News reported that Lamis apologized on Sunday to anyone who felt “unpleasant or disrespectful” to the comment, but not for the statement that sparked controversy.
University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel briefly described the incident statement published on Sunday.
“On Saturday, the university marked the beginning of spring 2022 with a series of events that demonstrated what makes us special: our students, staff, faculty and our ability to openly accept and discuss complex issues. One of our speakers made remarks about biological sex that many on campus object to. While we respect the right of everyone to express their views, from students to elected officials, we unequivocally state that UW is an institution that supports and values its diverse communities, which together make us so wonderful. the place we are, ”Seidel wrote. “Thank you to the many students and families who celebrated with us this weekend. We welcome the incredible individuality and intelligence of all our dynamic and diverse students and never want you to feel any different. ”