Bill Put Forward in South Dakota Barring Transgender Students from Competing against Opposite Sex

Two Republican legislators introduced a bill in South Dakota that would throw out the 2015 policy of the South Dakota High School Activities Association which allows transgender students to join sports teams of their chosen gender, instead of their biological sex.

Senate Bill 49 was introduced by Senator Jim Bolin and Representative Thomas Brunner in the South Dakota State legislature. If the bill is successful, it will void the current policy of the SDHSAA and instead would use the student’s sex on their birth certificate to determine which sports teams the student may participate in.

Senator Bolin said that he is seeking to “bring the policy of Texas to South Dakota,” and that “fair competition,” was his reason for introducing it. Bolin said in a statement:

“I believe the activities Association is a very good group, but I think they made a bad decision when they implemented this policy four, five years ago. We have sports that are set up – boys go over 39-inch hurdles in 110 meters and girls have to clear 33-inch hurdles in 100-meter hurdles. We have a smaller ball for girls basketball than we do for boys basketball. If we’re going to have these modifications, then my point is that the birth certificate should be the determining factor in which team you play on. It’s all about fair competition.”

If you live in South Dakota and want to tell your Representative what you think about this bill, you can find their details HERE.

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