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High school sports panel shoots down transgender policy changes

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PIERRE, S.D. — A legislative panel has shot down two policies that would have required transgender people to define their gender by the anatomy listed on their birth certificate.

The Argus Leader reports that the South Dakota High School Activities Association Interim Committee on Friday tabled a measure that would have required transgender high school athletes to sign up for activities based on the biological sex listed on their birth certificate. It was a 6-5 vote.

In a separate 4-7 vote, the committee killed a policy that would require broadly that people define their gender by the sex listed on their birth certificate.

Currently, transgender students who want to join a sex-specific team or activity must submit a request to the association with documentation affirming their gender identity.

Fourteen other states and Washington, D.C., have policies similar to South Dakota’s on the books.

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