South Dakota Passes Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes From Women's Sport | 22 Words

On the same day that The White House issued a warning against anti-trans bills, South Dakota passes a bill to ban trans athletes from competing in women's sports...

It seems the state has taken 5 steps backward...

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Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights and the LGBTQ+ community...

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And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.

We've come a long way.

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Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.

In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...

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And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.

Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked:

"For equal dignity in the eyes of the law - the Constitution grants them that right."

Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving...

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So much so that it is bigger than ever before.

In fact, according to a recent poll...

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A record number of Americans identify as LGBTQ+.

A new Gallup report has produced some interesting findings on how the youth of America identify...

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The results were based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted with adults eighteen and older throughout 2020.

According to the survey, an estimated 5.6 percent of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

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This is a huge jump from last year's results that showed just 4.5 percent had reported to identify in such a way.

And it seems as if support for the community from the White House is more apparent than ever...

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And that's all thanks to the arrival of President Biden.

Biden has always made his support of the LGBTQ+ community known...

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And in his first few days of presidency, he set out a wide-ranging agenda on lGBTQ+ rights; including immediately repealing Donald Trump's ban on transgender people joining the U.S military.

The president even selected a transgender woman to act as his assistant secretary of health.

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Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's health secretary, has made history by being the first-ever openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S Senate.

So as you can see...

The Biden Administration is keen to promote equality and make America a much more diverse and inclusive country to live in... and we're totally here for that!

However, South Dakota has turned this positive news on its head...

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South Dakota has passed a bill that will ban transgender girls and women from joining female sports teams.

The Senate voted 20-15 in favor of the HB1217 Bill on Monday...

And now South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has said she is "excited" to sign it.

Noem tweeted about 'the Women's Fairness in Sports bill,' saying...

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"In South Dakota, we're celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women's sports! I'm excited to sign this bill very soon."

However, human rights organizations have shared their concern over the new bill...

"Trans girls and their families are your constituents. You are using your power to exclude kids and make them feel less than, and that is nothing to be proud of."

Participants would now have to submit documentation of their gender identity before competing...

Which human rights campaigners have noted is discriminatory against transgender girls and women.

To make the bill even more bizarre, only one trans athlete has competed in women's athletics in the past decade...

And it was reported she "did not dominate the athletics season," according to Senator VJ Smith.

Human Rights Campaign Mississippi State Director Rob Hill told CNN:

"All this bill does is put transgender youth at risk of bullying, exclusion, and increased danger while discrimination and violence against transgender people is at a record high in this country.

"If legislators would simply listen to medical experts and transgender athletes, they might know that transitioning for the sake of competitive advantage is simply unrealistic. So is the idea that transgender athletes even gain a supposed advantage in the first place."

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