Noem proposes ban on transgender athletes from female school sports

CBS News reports “South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced on Tuesday that she has proposed legislation to her state to ban women and girls from playing on female sports teams. The legislation is the latest in the governor’s efforts to issue the ban at both the high school and collegiate level.”

Noem tweeted:

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. Read more here:

Noem later added:

My bill will codify the Executive Orders that I signed when a legislative solution wasn’t able to be achieved last session. I’m looking forward to working with you on this and other conservative initiatives in the future.


“This is about fairness. 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,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “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.”

“Only female athletes, based on their biological sex, shall participate in any team, sport, or athletic event designated as being for females, women, or girls,” the legislation reads. The legislation describes “biological sex” as “the sex listed on the student’s official birth certificate issued at or near the time of the athlete’s birth.”

“This legislation does not have the problematic provisions that were included in last year’s House Bill 1217,” continued Governor Noem. “Those flawed provisions would have led to litigation for our state, as well as for the families of young South Dakota athletes – male and female alike.”