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South Dakota House Advances Dangerous Anti-Trans Sports Bill

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Grand Forks Herald reports. The House has a Republican supermajority, and 10 Republicans joined seven of its eight Democratic members in opposing the bill; one Democrat was excused from the vote.The bill mandates that school sports teams be classified as male, female, or coeducational — which is usually the case — but says participation on female teams must be based on an athlete’s “biological sex, as ascertained at or before birth in accordance with the student’s genetics and reproductive biology.” That excludes trans girls and women.Supporters of the measure “bandied stories of male physical superiority” and said that admitting trans girls and women to female teams would end the progress women have made in sports, the Herald reports..

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