SD Gov. Noem signs executive orders barring biological men from women's sports

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 30th, 2021 9:58 am
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Last Updated Mar 31st, 2021 at 11:14 pm

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed two executive orders that would bar biological men from women's sports.

The orders follow a rejection of revisions to Bill 1217 in the South Dakota House of Representatives that would have the same effect as the orders.

Noem announced the orders on Monday.

The first order bans biological men from competing in women's sports at K-12 schools, while the second does the same at the collegiate level. The collegiate order also encourage the state's Board of Regents to implement policies barring biological men from women's sports as long as it does not impact the state's standing with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA currently allows transgender athletes to compete in the sport of their choosing.


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