South Dakota Governor's Bill to Ban Transgender Girls from Sports Moves Forward

South Dakota Governor's Bill to Ban Transgender Girls from Sports Moves Forward

Kristi Noem, South Dakota

1/15/2022 12:32:00 AM

South Dakota Governor's Bill to Ban Transgender Girls from Sports Moves Forward

A South Dakota legislative committee has approved a bill championed by Gov. Kristi Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity.

“As a parent, I don’t really care if she becomes an elite athlete, but I want her to have the experiences of being on a team,” said Jennifer Phalen of her transgender daughter who aspires to participate in school gymnastics.“Passage of this bill would directly hurt children,” she told the committee in an emotional testimony. “It would directly hurt my daughter and take away her freedom to participate in activities with her peers.”

If the bill passes the Legislature, South Dakota could be the 10th Republican-dominated state to adopt such a ban on transgender women or girls. In two of those states — Idaho and West Virginia — the laws have been halted by federal judges. The U.S. Department of Justice has challenged bans in other states, slamming them as violations of federal law.

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