LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A South Dakota lawmaker is proposing “visual inspections” of transgender athletes in the state’s high schools to ensure they’re restricted to teams matching “birth gender”.
Unhappy with South Dakota High School Activities Association’s recent adoption of a trans equality policy, state Rep. Roger Hunt, a Republican, is proposing to undo the policy with birth certificates and required visual inspections.
Hunt in the Rapid City Journal: “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.”
The same source has Hunt saying the transgender debate is riding the gay marriage wave. While at least one other Republican is behind Hunt, another one thinks this action is premature.
Hunt’s proposal would be a laughable joke if it weren’t for the fact similar proposals in other states (Bathroom Bills) that made a bit of headway last year before failing. At least one state has a Bathroom Bill proposal for their upcoming session.
t/h Jill Adeen Corcoran
A previous attempt to overturn South Dakota High School Activities Association’s trans equality policy failed earlier this year: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/02/13/legislators-bill-to-trash-pro-transgender-student-sports-policy-gets-traction/
Minnesota planning a Bathroom Bill in 2016: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/07/07/anti-trans-bathroom-bill-to-be-front-and-center-next-session-says-state-legislators/
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