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Opponent: Transgender athletes bill perpetuates myths

February 20, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Opponents are calling on South Dakota lawmakers to defeat a bill taking aim again at a policy allowing transgender students to play on the athletic team that matches their gender identity.

The House Health and Human Services Committee began hearing testimony Tuesday. The Argus Leader reports the panel is expected to vote Thursday.

The bill would require a student’s sex to be determined by their birth certificate or a South Dakota High School Activities Association physical exam form.

Opponent Miranda Gohn, a transgender woman, says the bill perpetuates myths and would put a target on the back of all transgender South Dakotans.

Gohn pointed out the association already has strict guidelines to determine on which team a transgender student can participate.

A Senate panel killed a similar bill last month. Supporters in the Senate argued the bill was necessary to ensure fair competition.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com