UPDATE: This bill was heard on the House Floor and was defeated after not receiving enough votes.
House Bill 1225 would establish a determinant in identifying a student's sexual identity, according to their birth certificate, for the purpose of participation in high school athletics.
The ACLU of South Dakota opposes House Bill 1225. This bill won’t make sports safer or fairer for any student—all it would do is stigmatize and exclude a group of students who already face high levels of discrimination. Transgender students already face disturbing rates of bullying, rejection, and even violence. House Bill 1225 will needlessly ostracizes them and deny them the right to have the same opportunities as their peers.