South Dakota Republicans want to force trans boys to play in female sport teams

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Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill in South Dakota which would force sport teams members to be elected to gender-segregated teams on the basis of the gender they were assigned at birth even if it goes contrary to the way they self-identify. This would overturn the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s (SDHSAA) policy, adopted in 2015, according to which children were allowed to join those gender-segregated teams that matched their actual gender identity. Senate Bill 49, submitted on January 14th by State Senator Jim Bolin and State Representative Thomas Brunner, would make the gender on a student’s birth certificate the “sole determinant” of the teams they can play for. The Republican lawmaker, who has been a state senator for 10 years, said he introduced the latest anti-trans legislation to ensure “fair competition,” adding that he was trying to “bring the policy of Texas to South Dakota.”Since 2016, students in Texas public high schools are playing for the gender-segregated teams on the basis of the gender they were assigned at birth

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