Sen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming apologized Monday after a crowd booed her during a commencement address at the University of Wyoming for saying it’s a “fundamental scientific truth” that there are only “two sexes.”
In her speech, Lummis said that human rights come from God but the government continues to redefine those realities.
“Even fundamental scientific truths such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subject to dispute these days,” Lummis said, receiving boos from the crowd.
The curator stopped and smiled amid the heckling, clarifying that she doesn’t “comment on the fact that there are people who are transitioning between genders.”
Lummis, a Republican and UW alumnus, paused and smiled through the jeers and briefly tried to explain her comment. “I’m not making a comment about the fact that there are people who transition between the sexes,” she said.
“One of our lecturers made remarks regarding biological sex that much on-campus dispute,” she wrote. “While we respect the right of everyone to express their opinions, from students to elected officials, we unequivocally declare that the UW is an institution that supports and celebrates its diverse communities…”
Lummis later said in an emailed statement “refers to the existence of two sexes was intended to highlight the times we find ourselves in, the times when the metric of biological sex is under debate with potential implications for Wyoming’s Shared Value of Equality.”
She also apologized in the statement for her comment that sparked the boos, saying it was not her intention “to make anyone feel unwelcome or disrespected…”
“I enjoyed hearing from members of the University of Wyoming community on this issue, and I look forward to continuing this dialogue,” she wrote.
University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel quickly followed with his own statement, noting that different people from all walks of life are welcome at the institution.
“One of our speakers made remarks regarding biological sex that many on campus dispute. While we respect the right of everyone to express their opinions, 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,” he explained.
Cynthia Lummis (Republican) is a member of the United States Senate from Wyoming. She took office on January 3, 2021. Her current term ends on January 3, 2027. Lummis (Republican Party) ran for the US Senate to represent Wyoming. She won the November 3, 2020, general election.