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South Dakota Lawmakers Consider Limiting Transgender Students

In what is already drawing the wrath of the ACLU, two South Dakota legislators have introduced a bill modifying the state’s policy to block transgender students from joining the sports team of the gender he or she identifies with by asserting biological criteria to ensure physically fair competition. Similar legislation has previously been passed in Texas, where students are required to participate based on the sex listed on his or her birth certificate. The ACLU has since responded that “Barring transgender students from the benefits of athletics holds them back from living authentic and fulfilling lives.” By authentic, they mean using “transgender” to create an unfair advantage over those whose sex is biologically correct.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Monday, two Republican legislators in South Dakota introduced a bill that would throw out the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s 2015 policy allowing transgender students to join sports teams of the gender they choose, instead of their biological sex.

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The bill was introduced by Sen. Jim Bolin (R-Canton) and Rep. Brunner (R-Nisland). Bolin served as mayor of Canton, South Dakota, from 2007 to 2008; before that, he served as the athletic director of the Canton Public Schools from 1996-2007. He said he brought forth the legislation in order to ensure fair competition, adding that he wanted to emulate Texas. As The Argus Leader notes, “Texas’ University Interscholastic League requires that students participate on sports teams that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.”

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