Republican North Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill That Bans Trans Girls From Sports

Republican North Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill That Bans Trans Girls From Sports

The past few years have seen a wave of anti-trans paranoia over the ‘red’ states across the US. Legislators have introduced 35 bills across different states to try and limit or ban trans women from competing in women’s sports. However, rather surprisingly, there have been a shift of tides this week.
Republican governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, surprised everyone by vetoing the bill that would ban trans girls from participating in women’s sports.

Although the bill passed in the state Senate last Thursday and in the House on Wednesday, Burgum vetoed it because he believes there isn’t an issue with trans girls playing sports in North Dakota. This is what he wrote in his statement:

“There is no evidence to suggest this is true. To date, there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team. This bill’s blanket prohibitions do not extend to students attending tribal or privately funded schools, thereby creating the potential for an unlevel playing field.”

Additionally, he said that the North Dakota High School Activities Association already has a law which requires trans girls to undergo testosterone suppression treatment for a year before they’re able to join a girls’ sports team.

The veto comes after three other states have rejected the anti-trans legislations. Namely, Democratic Governor of Kansas, Laura Kelly, said that she will veto a bill passed by House that aims to ban trans girls from playing sports in school. Notably, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also announced that he’s against any legislation that would ban sports participation for trans youth.

Source: Upworthy

 
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