“A team or sport designated as being female is available only to participants who are female, based on their biological sex,” states a passage from a recent bill passed by South Dakota senate that would ban transgender women and girls from competing on the sports teams that match their gender identity. Gov. Kristi Noem indicated that she would sign the bill.
13-67-1. Athletic teams and sports-–Designation by sex–Participation.
Any athletic team or sport that is sponsored or sanctioned by a public school, a school district, an association meeting the requirements of § 13-36-4, or an institution of higher education under the control of the Board of Regents or the South Dakota Board of Technical Education must be expressly designated as being:
(1) A male team or sport;
(2) A female team or sport; or
(3) A coeducational team or sport.
A team or sport designated as being female is available only to participants who are female, based on their biological sex, as verified in accordance with § 13-67-2.
“In South Dakota, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women’s sports! I’m excited to sign this bill very soon,” Noem tweeted on Monday.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 8, 2021