Leveling the playing field

Lawmakers in South Dakota have proposed a law banning transgender athletes from competing against rivals of opposite biological sex.

The new bill will require transgender participants to enter sporting events in accordance with the gender listed on their birth certificate, instead of their assumed sexual choice.

The bill was introduced Tuesday by Republicans Senator Jim Bolin (Canton) and Representative Thomas Brunner (Nisland).  

Sen. Bolin, a former Canton mayor and athletic director of the Canton Public Schools, said his goal was to emulate recent rules in Texas.

“I just firmly believe that those who are males should play in sports designated for males and those who are females … should play in sports designated for females, according to your birth certificate. It’s about fair competition, and we’re not breaking any new ground.” the sen. said, “This has nothing to do with bathrooms, locker rooms or shower rooms. This has only to do with the eligibility for athletic competition.”

In another case, a student born a male assuming the identity of a girl has beaten all female contestants in Track & Field competitions in Alaska.

And in another incident, a student born male but claiming to be female has consistently beaten all female contestants in track events in a Connecticut high school district.  

This is a very confusing time. 

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