South Dakota Governor Introduces Ban on Transgender Student-Athletes


South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is scrambling to advance legislation that would ban transgender girls, women, and some non-binary student-athletes from playing sports in grade school or college, representing the latest chapter in a continuous campaign against transgender youth in the state.

Noem killed a similar anti-trans sports bill earlier this year because that legislation, she argued, would have imposed an overwhelming administrative burden on schools. She also worried about the effect such a law would have had on colleges given that the measure was inconsistent with nationwide policies governing college sports.