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  • Bill Banning Trans Students From Playing Sports In Accordance With Their Gender Identity Passes

    Discriminatory Bill Allows For 'Physical Examination' Of Students By Medical Professionals To Determine Sex

    Transgender students in South Dakota minutes ago were just dealt a significant blow. State House lawmakers passed HB 1112, a bill that requires public schools to treat the sex of transgender students as their birth certificates state, or even, should the birth certificate be unavailable or not list a gender, to allow a "physical examination."

    The vote was 45-23.

    The bill's sponsor is GOP Rep. Roger Hunt, who last year, speaking on the legislation, insisted that this "is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture."

    ACLU Policy Director Libby Skarin states the bill's purpose is to prevent transgender high school students from participating in sports.

    As Skarin mentioned, HB 1008 is another anti-trans bill.

    Last week, South Dakota State Sen. David Omdahl said to trans people"I'm sorry if you're so twisted you don't even know who you are."

    Debate on the floor today rose to an ugly level, with one lawmaker in particular sharing his personal beliefs as facts while he attacked both transgender children and their supporters.

    Rep. Steven Haugaard called the tragic increased rates of suicide among transgender people the "result of internal confusion," and not bullying or discrimination. He added that people, like parents and teachers, who endorse such confusion – i.e., being transgender – "lend credibility to a subject that’s relatively new in nature."

    The bill's purpose, its text states, is to "establish a determinant in identifying a student's sexual identity for purpose of participation in high school activities and to declare void any present or future transgender policy of the South Dakota High School Activities Association."

    In 2014 the South Dakota High School Activities Association passed a rather progressive policy supporting transgender students that lawmakers have been attacking ever since. It gave trans students and their parents the opportunity to make requests concerning which sports team the student should play on. Today' bill, should it become law, would negate that.

    Last year, Republican Rep. Jim Bolin said the SDHSAA's policy protecting trans students was a "significant error."

    HB 1112 voids the SDHSAA's policy and states the "board of directors of the South Dakota High School Activities Association may not adopt any transgender policy."

    It goes on to state the "sole determinant of a student's sexual identity is the sexual identity noted on the student's certificate of birth. If no sexual identity is noted on the student's certificate of birth, the sole determinant is the sexual identity noted on the South Dakota High School Activities Association physical exam form that is completed by a health care professional at the student's physical examination."

    Monday night, as NCRM just reported, the South Dakota House passed a bill that extends special protections to anyone – person or company, corporation, non-profit, club, with few exceptions – opposed to same-sex marriage or LGBT people in general, if they cite their "sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction."

     

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    • commented 2016-02-16 00:40:24 -0500
      These states have school sports policies of students playing on teams consistent with their gender identity: School Interscholastic Athletic Activities Associations from: Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington, South Dakota, California, Colorado, Connecticut Florida New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wash DC, Wyoming.

      The following is from National Association of State High School Associations (NHFS) website “Developing Policies for Transgender Students on High School Teams” (Sep 08, 2015)

      “It is important for policy-makers to understand that transgender girls (who were assigned a male gender at birth) are not boys. Their consistent and affirmed gender identity as girls is as deep-seated as the gender identity of non-transgender girls.”

      “The fear that non-transgender boys will pretend to be girls in order to “dominate” girls teams has never been an issue at any level of sport and should not be used as a justification to restrict the participation of transgender students.

      “Some sports leaders and parents express concerns that allowing transgender girls to participate on girls teams will pose a safety risk for non-transgender girls. This concern is based on an assumption that transgender girls are bigger, stronger and unable to exercise adequate body control resulting in an increased risk of injury to other participants. Though there are generalized differences in post-pubescent male and female bodies, there are also large overlaps in height, weight and strength among biological boys and girls. Moreover, taller, bigger, stronger athletes compete against shorter, smaller, less strong athletes every day in girls and boys sports…”

      “There is no research to support the contention that enabling a transgender girl to play on a girls team creates a competitive imbalance.”

      “Concern about maintaining “competitive equity” is one of the most often expressed reservations about transgender girls competing on girls teams. As with concerns about safety, several assumptions are embedded in this concern: That transgender girls are always more skilled, stronger and bigger than their non-transgender teammates and opponents. There is no research to support the contention that enabling a transgender girl to play on a girls team creates a competitive imbalance.”

      “High school-based athletics programs are part of a broad educational curriculum and the focus should be on enabling participation – not restricting it – for all students. Adopting well-informed and inclusive policies for the participation of transgender athletes according to their affirmed gender identity is consistent with the educational values of equity and fairness for all students.”

    • commented 2016-02-16 00:38:38 -0500
      Who supports gender identity protection? And who doesn’t.
      sports below:

      Government:
      The United Nations, the Veterans Administration, US Departments of Education, Justice, Transportation, Defense, HUD, and Labor plus EEOC via Titles IV/VII/IX, HHS via Medicare and NCD decisions, US OPM via 29CFR/MSPB, NASA, General Services admin, OFCCP, Democrats in general, You could say SCOTUS via Price Waterhouse, but overwhelmingly every court faced with transgender related questions in the last decade.

      States with laws for gender identity protection: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, through executive order Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

      Cities with code protecting gender identity (My apologies for omitting many due to length): AZ – Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, CA – Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, CO – Boulder, Denver, Wash DC, FL – Atlantic Beach, Gainesville, Gulfport, Key West, Miami Beach, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, GA – Atlanta, Decatur, ID – Boise, Idaho Falls, IL – Aurora, Chicago, Decatur, DeKalb, Evanston, Peoria, IN – Bloomington, Evansville, Indianapolis, South Bend, IA – Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, KS – Lawrence, KY -Danville, Lexington, Louisville, LA – New Orleans, Shreveport, MD – Baltimore, MA – Boston, Cambridge, Salem, MI, Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, MN – Minneapolis, St. Paul, MO – Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis, MT – Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, NE – Omaha, NY – Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, NC – Chapel Hill, OH – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, OR – Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem, PA – Allegheny, Allentown, Bethlehem, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, SC – Myrtle Beach, TX – Austin, Dallas County, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Plano, UT – Ogden, Lake, Salt Lake County, WA – Burien, King County, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, WV – Morgantown, Charleston, WI – Dane County, Madison, Milwaukee.

      Private Organizations:

      YMCA/YWCA, Girl Scouts, American Bar Association Amer Medical Assoc, American Psychological Assoc., Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, Virtually every significant university.

      Children’s Hospitals of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, Benioff San Francisco, Seattle, Rochester, PATH Madison, Philadelphia, Dallas, Randall Portland, Duke Durham, Oakland, Rady San Diego, St. Louis, Madison, Milwaukee, Barbara Bush Portland Maine, etc.

      People: J.K. Rowling, Maria Miller, Dr. Phil, Robin Tyler, Gloria Allred, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nancy Pelosi, Judith Butler, Eve Ensler, Whoopi, Ellen, Gaga, Andrea Dworkin, John Oliver, Barbara Walters, Jessica Xavier, Leslie Feinberg,
      Sports: the International Olympic Committee, Planet Fitness, , New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, The Boston Red Sox, New York Giants, NCAA/NSAA, etc.

      School Interscholastic Athletic Activities Associations/Sports from: Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington, South Dakota, California, Colorado, Connecticut Florida New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wash DC, Wyoming.

      Corporations: Aetna, American Airlines, Apple, Bank of America, Best Buy, Chevron, Capital One, Charles Schwab, CIGNA, Citigroup, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Corning, Dell, Eastman Kodak, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Hilton Worldwide, Humana Inc., IBM, Johnson and Johnson, JP Morgan, Kaiser Permanente, Lexmark, Lockheed Martin, Macys, MetLife, MGM Resorts, NCR Corp., Nike, Northrup Grumman, PepsiCo Inc., Phizer, Sears, Southern California Edison, Sprint, Starbucks, Target, Time Warner, Toyota, Walt Disney Co., Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, Xerox.

      Who doesn’t support them:

      While it is probably correct to assign some blame to the Muslims, Southern Baptists, or even the Catholics, I refuse to believe that all people who make the choice to believe in a deity are bad, therefore I omit all religions.

      Germaine Greer. Ken Zucker and CAMH.

      The Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, Privacy for All.

      The Republicans in general.

      Governors of Kansas, Ohio.

      Segments of Houston.

    • commented 2016-02-09 17:31:35 -0500
      If these creeps would only forsake their fists they’d be far less likely to dwell on alt-gender issues.

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