UPDATE: South Dakota’s Governor VETOES ‘Show Us Your Genitals’ bill!

dennis DaugaardLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATE: March 1, 2016 — South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has VETOED the state’s Bathroom Bill! More from the Washington Post:

“South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) has vetoed a bill that would have been the first in the nation to restrict transgender students’ access to school restrooms and locker rooms, a move that came after LGBT-rights activists waged a furious campaign against the measure.

In a message to state lawmakers announcing his veto, Daugaard said that the bill would have introduced a new statewide mandate that “does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota.”

“Instead of encouraging local solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state,” Daugaard wrote, emphasizing that local school districts should be able to decide how to handle questions about bathroom use without interference from the state or federal government.”

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Original article: An anti-transgender Bathroom Cop bill passed both houses in South Dakota and has landed on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature. There has been numerous attempts in the past in the United States to get a bill like this passed, but none have progressed to this stage. This one is only a signature away from actually becoming law.

We’ve heard these irrational rationalizations before. The Republican legislators in South Dakota are no different:

Republican State Sen. Brock Greenfield, sponsor of the bill: “We’re talking about our youths commingling in bathrooms and locker rooms, biological males and biological females . . .”

Republican Sen. David Omdahl: “I’m sorry if you’re so twisted you don’t know who you are . . .” and “[the bill is to] preserve the innocence of our young people.”

At this point, only one person can now stop can stop the bill from becoming law: Gov. .

The trans community is out in force to convince Daugaard to do the right thing. Means to contact him is provided below.

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Blogger Lauren-Elizabeth McGrath pretty much sums up what a lot of people are thinking: “Creepy lawmakers in South Dakota are mouth-foamingly obsessed with people’s genitals, namely the genitals of children, transgender children, in public schools.”

From the National Center For Transgender Equality (NCTE):

[South Dakota] House Bill 1008. What it does: Requires students to use single-sex facilities (like restrooms and changing rooms) according to their sex assigned at birth and requires schools to segregate all multi-user facilities by sex. Creates restrictions on when trans students can use single-user restrooms.”

Contact Gov. Daugaard and voice your concerns:

Email: http://sd.gov/governor/contact.aspx

Phone: 605.773.3212

Office of the Governor
500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

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t/h: Ginger Marshall

Update March 1, 2016 — Bathroom Bill vetoed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/03/01/south-dakota-governor-must-decide-tuesday-whether-to-restrict-transgender-students-access-to-school-restrooms/

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I wrote earlier about what can be done if Bathroom Bill ever becomes law: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/11/04/call-for-trans-men-to-invade-public-womens-bathrooms-in-houston/

NCTE: http://www.transequality.org/action-center#SouthDakota

Bill passes senate: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/16/sd-senate-transgender-bill/80453170/

More: [warning, this link loads a lot of junk ads] http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/17/south-dakota-lawmakers-approve-transgender-bathroo/?page=2

Lauren-Elizabeth McGrath: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2016/02/17/genital-obsessed-republicans-in-south-dakota-attempt-anti-transgender-legislation/#sthash.LO58L762.dpuf

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18 replies

  1. Please contact the governor and let him know that you oppose HB1008 and that he should not sign it into law. I called, emailed and tweeted him today and will likely do so again tomorrow.

  2. From the Argus Leader, just now:

    http://www.argusleader.com/story/blogs/danaferguson/2016/02/17/daugaard-declines-invite-meet-transgender-students/80508250/

    Gov. Dennis Daugaard will meet with transgender students before deciding whether to sign a bill that would bar them from using public school bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities of the gender with which they identify.

    After a mishap Wednesday morning in which the governor’s office called back an LGBT support and advocacy group that had invited him to meet saying he wouldn’t be able to meet them, Daugaard’s spokeswoman Kelsey Pritchard said he’ll meet the group as early as Thursday.

    Pritchard said the office received the request before the Senate advanced the measure to the governor Tuesday and a staff member issued the response in error Wednesday morning.

    Pritchard said Daugaard will also meet with the bill’s sponsors to hear their input.

    Last week, the Republican governor said he hadn’t knowingly met a transgender person and didn’t think he needed to do so before taking up the bill.

    Ashley Joubert-Gaddis, director of operations for The Center for Equality, said she is excited that the governor is willing to meet with some of the Center’s directors and other transgender community members.

    “Any time you’re hoping for someone to see the light or to make change, it’s so much easier if you can put a face to it,” Joubert-Gaddis said.

    Daugaard has five days to approve or veto the measure after it arrives on his desk.

  3. i callled….told them hi im ema im a female with a cock. and tho i my be in canada i would glady come down and kock his face in for this bullshit.. ohw ait what was ur comment mr gov your sorry im so twisted i dont know who i am… no i know who i am but if i ever get the chance to met you they wont recoqnize u. cause ur be so twisted…. and idgaf if the nsa charges me with threats,. fucktard idiots

  4. If they want to outlaw us from their gender specific bathrooms in South Dakota, then we want their laws to provide a gender neutral bathroom where ever the other bathrooms are located.

    • i would not use a gender netural washroom i am a damn woman and ill be damned if someone thinks i aint gonna use the womans washroom. anyone touch me to remove me will see i dont joke bout being purple sash in qung fu

  5. Male-female and netural washroom . Is the only way this can done. In Portland we have lunatic man living on the street. Saying he has a right to go into the girls restroom and shower room. This is the insanity of the new law.

  6. This is a copy of the veto:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    CONTACT: Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212

    Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1008

    PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill:

    HB 1008 – An Act to restrict access to certain restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.

    For more information about this bill and other bills, visit legis.sd.gov.

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    Note: A copy of the Governor’s veto message follows:

    March 1, 2016

    The Honorable Dean Wink

    Speaker of the House of Representatives

    500 East Capitol Avenue

    Pierre, SD 57501

    Dear Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives,

    I respectfully return to you House Bill 1008, with my VETO.

    House Bill 1008 does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota. As policymakers in South Dakota, we often recite that the best government is the government closest to the people. Local school districts can, and have, made necessary restroom and locker room accommodations that serve the best interests of all students, regardless of biological sex or gender identity.

    This bill seeks to impose statewide standards on “every restroom, locker room, and shower room located in a public elementary or secondary school.” It removes the ability of local school districts to determine the most appropriate accommodations for their individual students and replaces that flexibility with a state mandate.

    If and when these rare situations arise, I believe local school officials are best positioned to address them. Instead of encouraging local solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state.

    Preserving local control is particularly important because this bill would place every school district in the difficult position of following state law while knowing it openly invites federal litigation. Although there have been promises by an outside entity to provide legal defense to a school district, this provision is not memorialized in the bill. Nor would such defense eliminate the need for school or state legal counsel, nor avoid expenses relating to expert witnesses, depositions and travel, or other defense costs. Nor does the commitment extend to coverage over settlement or damage expenses. This law will create a certain liability for school districts and the state in an area where no such liability exists today.

    For these reasons, I oppose this bill and ask that you sustain my veto.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Dennis Daugaard

  7. Thank you Governor Daugaard for taking the right and compassionate position.

  8. Republican Governor – surprise you left wing haters

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