South Dakota Governor to Introduce Girls’ Sports Bill Banning Transgender Competitors

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There has been a lot of debate between athletes, governors, and social media users, as to whether or not it is fair to have transgender athletes competing against female athletes. And it looks like the South Dakota Governor doesn’t think it’s fair at all…

Introducing a girls’ sports bill that bans transgender competitors from their sport events.

The issue of transgender people competing in sports has been something that’s heated up more often than not this year, and the issue got hot when Laurel Hubbard, New Zealand weightlifter, and 1st openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympic games, competed against other female weightlifters.

Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota, has now shared a draft of a bill, restricting transgender people from competing in sports with female athletes, on Tuesday afternoon.

The bill, according to the Daily Mail, is titled: “An act to protect fairness in women sports.” This bill comes into place after people became outraged at transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania.

The transgender swimmer and diver won the collegiate race at a swim meet by thirty-eight seconds, and people do not think it’s fair that the athlete competed against other female athletes.

In a tweet, Noem said: “Every young woman deserves an equal playing field where she can achieve success. That’s why only girls should be competing in girls sports.

“I’m introducing legislation to codify my EOs and extend further protections to women and girls,” she finished, adding a link for people to find out more.

And in a statement, Noem said: “Every young woman deserves an equal playing field where she can achieve success, but common sense tells us that males have an unfair physical advantage over females in athletic competition.

“It is for those reasons that only girls should be competing in girls’ sports.

“Women have fought long and hard for equal athletic opportunities, and South Dakota will defend them, but we have to do it in a smart way.”

Lia Thomas herself spoke out about competing as a transgender athlete in an interview with SwimSwam, too.

In the interview, Thomas was asked if she has an opinion on what standards should look like when a transgender athlete is competing in a sporting event.

“The IOC recently released a new set of guidelines for inclusion on transgender and intersex athletes, and I think the guidelines they set are very good and do a very good job of promoting inclusivity while keeping competitional integrity going,” Thomas explained.

“The IOC guidelines are that each sport has to come up with eligibility criteria for what constitutes an unfair advantage in that given sport, and then everybody is able to compete in the category they’re most comfortable with unless there’s a proven unfair advantage that they have,” she continued on.

But, there was 1 person, among many others, who said it’s “impossible” to compete fairly against Lia Thomas as a biological woman.

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A female swimmer from Niagra University spoke to the Daily Mail about how it felt to compete against a transgender athlete.

“Swimming against Lia Thomas was intimidating,” the swimmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, began.

“It was hard going into a race knowing there was no way I was going to get first.

“I knew I could drop my time but I also knew there was no way I would physically be able to beat her in the race or even catch up to her.

“At the end of the day I respect her decision to complete and I do feel that people are going to have a bad reaction to her life choices which isn’t fair on her. But from an athletic standpoint I do see why a lot of athletes are going to be upset,” the athlete finished.

One person shared: “It’s OK to disagree with Lia Thomas being on the women’s swim team. It’s OK to question fairness. But some of the things that some of y’all are saying are not and will never be ok. Fix that.”

What do you think? Should transgender female athletes be able to compete against biological female athletes or not?