University of Wyoming (UW) graduates reportedly booed a U.S. senator off the stage during the school’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday after she stated that there are only “two sexes, male and female.”
“Even fundamental scientific truths such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subjected to challenge these days,” Senator Cynthia Lummis stated in her address to the near 2,000 class of 2022.
Her speech focused on modern challenges to being the “keepers of the flames of liberty.” Lummis argued that Americans’ rights are endowed by God, not created by the government.
“You woke up this morning with more individual freedom in the most creative, divinely inspired nation on Earth,” Lummis said. “The transformations and disruptions I have alluded to are testing the very freedoms beyond watch.”
Lummis’ comment on gender was met with immediate jeer from graduates, who collectively booed in collective outrage as the Senator attempted to continue her speech.
She clarified that the comment was not intended for transgender people.
“I’m not making a comment on the fact that there are people who transition between sexes,” Lummis said.
Regardless, Lummis has since apologized for her words. She emphasized her belief that “there are biological differences and circumstances in which these differences need to be recognized,” but expressed remorse for expressing it on stage.