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  • Across the country, dozens of state lawmakers are proposing bans on transgender students participating in school sports.
  • While some governors have vetoed the legislation, some legislatures have overridden the veto.
  • The governors of North and South Dakota have vetoed similar bills after significant opposition from the LGBTQ+ and business communities.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) may be the second Dakota governor to veto a transgender sports ban, but he’s the first to oppose it outright. The governor vetoed legislation on Wednesday that would prevent transgender athletes from participating on gendered teams.


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"To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team," Burgum said in an email to reporters. "Further, NDHSAA already has regulations in place for participation in sex-separated interscholastic contests by transgender students. These regulations require transgender girls to undergo testosterone suppression treatment for gender transition for a full calendar year before they are eligible to compete."  


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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) veto over “style and form” came after significant backlash from the LGBTQ+ community as well as businesses, several of which have pulled out of other states over other controversial legislation. Instead, she signed an executive order effectively implementing the legislation, while reportedly pitching changes to the bill, which she vowed to sign last month, to South Dakota lawmakers, who said they would not consider it in a special session. The bill died in the House after lawmakers failed to override the veto. 

"We have to do this right. If we lose, we could set back protections for our girls. And that’s not what anybody wants," Noem said in a statement on March 26. 


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Published on Apr 22, 2021