Hey, is Kristi’s expensive fence all done? Maybe the Transformation Project and opponents of the transgender athlete ban that Governor Noem is excited to sign can hang their banners on it during tomorrow’s noon protest:
The Transformation Project and the Transformation Project Advocacy Network will hold a rally outside of Governor Noem’s mansion in Pierre, SD at 12 pm CST. This rally is in response to the Governor’s declaration that she will sign HB 1217, the transgender sports ban, into law.
“We condemn the decision by Gov. Noem to signal her intention to sign HB 1217 into law. Attacking transgender children as a political tactic is nothing more than bullying, plain and simple,” said Susan Williams, Executive Director of The Transformation Project.
“Transgender kids already struggle with bullying and discrimination in schools, public spaces, and health care. After witnessing the attempts of legislators to erase transgender people – and transgender girls in particular – from the debate on this bill we feel called to remind South Dakotans that transgender girls are girls and they should be allowed to participate in sports alongside their peers. HB 1217 and harmful and by signing this bill, Gov. Noem will target vulnerable transgender kids for even more harassment and abuse.”
“Kids learn a lot of important life lessons in sports: leadership, confidence, self-respect, and what it means to be part of a team. Gov. Noem and the South Dakota legislature have decided to shut transgender youth out of those opportunities, promote discrimination, and encourage harassment of vulnerable kids in our state. Instead of focusing on what matters — containing the virus, increasing vaccinations, bolstering the economy, and helping families—South Dakota politicians have decided to hurt transgender youth.”
“We call on our neighbors and friends to join us at the Governor’s mansion tomorrow to insist she reverse course and instead protect transgender South Dakotans from this discriminatory, harmful ban. Let’s make sure Gov. Noem knows that transgender kids want the opportunity to play sports for the same reason other kids do: to be a part of a team where they feel like they belong” [Transformation Project, press release, 2021.03.10].
If you’re in Pierre at lunchtime tomorrow, swing by the Mansion and let our Governor know that maybe she ought to spend less time trying to dictate who’s a real woman and more time trying to be a real Governor.