Press "Enter" to skip to content

Activists Plan Rally Against Transgender Bullying at Governor’s Mansion Thursday Noon

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:

Transformation Project Protest at the Governor's Mansion, Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12 pm CST
Women are women. Mind your own business.

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.


  1. Genie 2021-03-10 19:41

    Trouble with Kristi is she has no intention of being a real governor. She only took the job for the use of SD plane and Highway patrol to escort her all around the US to stump for her dictator cult leader. None of that was for State Business. She had no business using SD equipment and highway patrolmen for her “personal use”.

  2. Mike Livingston 2021-03-10 20:01

    One may think that the twit is just too stupid for our good!

  3. mike from iowa 2021-03-10 20:05

    Maybe they should ban farm kids from sports as they tend to be stronger and larger due to farm chores and activities.

  4. Mike Livingston 2021-03-10 20:07

    There ain’t enough lipstick for that little piggie.

  5. Mike Livingston 2021-03-10 20:14

    This bill should be amended to contain, a mind your own damned business clause.

  6. Mark Anderson 2021-03-10 20:45

    Mike from Iowa, farm kids are from Iowa. South Dakota kids all claim to be ranchers, just ask kristi. Shes just setting up the pub line, its a nationwide thing, you know they can’t think individually, it takes a pub village you know.

  7. Joe 2021-03-10 21:31

    Argus Leader reporting: “Anti-trans bill could hurt state’s college teams, cost state millions, sports official says”

    From the article:

    “Tom Johnson of Elevate Rapid City, an economic development agency, said bills like these sometimes have an impact on companies thinking of doing business in South Dakota.

    “There are companies from outside of South Dakota that would look at South Dakota in a negative way when they feature [culture war issues],” Johnson said. “A lot of companies outside of South Dakota think of themselves as diverse, inclusive, and when we feature these kinds of bills in the press or down at the Capitol, it makes our jobs harder sometimes.”

    Johnson said that he would rather discuss taxes, workforce, or other relevant business topics with companies, but sometimes companies will bring up South Dakota laws or ask questions about diversity and inclusion in the state and cause Johnson and others to have to “dance around the topic.”

    “I would like for the legislature and for South Dakota to continue to look at how we can make this state conducive to companies expanding, our workforce, our air service, our housing, and in areas that make South Dakota look more diverse and more inclusive and not less,” Johnson said.”

  8. mike from iowa 2021-03-10 21:58

    Joe, I seriously doubt magats would shed a tear if those companies didn’t relocate to Northern Mississippi. They’d be considered undesirables like trans people, immigrants, POC, etc.

  9. leslie 2021-03-11 01:44

    [Republicans] have been intentional, thoughtful, and strategic about how they can strip us of the right to vote and defend that stripping of the right to vote through the court system.” –

  10. Eve Fisher 2021-03-11 09:28

    Good. The gratuitous cruelty – and deliberate anti-science ignorance – of the GQP towards LGBQT (and other issues) always amazes me.

  11. Mike J 2021-03-11 14:06

    Will she even be around at the mansion? The girls state basketball tournament started today, so she may end up being at the games instead. That way she doesn’t have to see those protesters.

  12. Arlo Blundt 2021-03-11 17:02

    Well…the Governor, like all bullies, enjoys kicking down.

  13. happy camper 2021-03-11 17:48

    These kids need to be loved top to bottom but they are not real women. They are not the opposite sex and never will be the opposite sex. Remember science for a moment every cell in their body is XY not XX, they don’t have a uterus, the list goes on. The discrimination they receive is much worse because you insist on pushing a bunch of crazy things that everybody knows aren’t true. If you were actually honest about the science most people would accept that some people are gender confused and need an abundance of understanding, but not to the point we tell them they are really the opposite sex and opposite gender. A full transition is just not possible. Now this doesn’t dispute that some people may be happier living as the opposite gender, but your lack of honesty on the issue and cramming down people’s throats they must accept liberal pseudoscience gibberish is more than half the problem.

  14. Eve Fisher 2021-03-11 17:51

    Dear Happy Camper,
    I once worked for Medical Genetics at Emory University, where, among other tests, we did sex tests on newborns. One of my regular jobs was to sort out the chromosomes (from a photo taken on an electron microscope) to determine what the sex of a baby or child was, because the physical genitalia were anything from unclear to deformed to nonexistent.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: One out of every thousand children is born with “indeterminate genitalia”.
    The doctors, nurses, and parents literally cannot tell, looking at the baby/child, what sex it was. In the past – and apparently it still happens today – they would simply assign “sex” according to their own preference – and a lot of times they were wrong:

    Two examples of wrong assignment are Mokgadi Caster Semenya, a South African runner, who was assigned female at birth (b. 1991), but has either XXY or XY chromosomes, and Foekje Dillema (1926-2007), a Dutch runner, who was assigned female at birth, but after her death was determined to be a “mosaic”, or a “46XX/46XY woman.” Both were raised as girls. So which, my dear culture warriors, should everyone go by – what was/is on her birth certificate, or the genetics? Or is it her own damn business?

    SECOND IMPORTANT NOTE: Conservatives (?) keep trying to say that sex chromosome abnormalities are very rare. WRONG. Actually, sex chromosome abnormalities are the most common there are because they are rarely lethal (unlike many other chromosomal abnormalities). And the variations of genetic results can range from the normal XX or XY to XXX, XYY, XXY, as well as mosaics, and many many more. Nature is not “always right” or “always perfect”.

    For example: “Klinefelter syndrome has been reported to be between 1 in 500 and 1 in 1000 male births.” (That’s XXY or XXXY or a mosaic.) “In severe cases, they have relatively high-pitched voices, asexual to feminine body contours as well as breast enlargement, and comparatively little facial and body hair. They are sterile or nearly so, and their testes and prostate gland are small. As a result, they produce relatively small amounts of testosterone. The feminizing effects of this hormonal imbalance can be significantly diminished if Klinefelter syndrome boys are regularly given testosterone from the age of puberty on.” These are very apt to be confused as girls at birth, unless sex tested, which may or may not happen. And they may very well “feel” that they are girls. And without a lot of testosterone, they WILL be girls. (Palomar Article)

    And then there’s the Guevedoces, a classic study which I read for the first time back on the job at Emory, about a community in the Dominican Republic, where some males are born looking like girls, are raised as girls, and only grow penises at puberty, at which time they become male. Yes, you read that right.

    “When you are conceived you normally have a pair of X chromosomes if you are to become a girl and a set of XY chromosomes if you are destined to be male. For the first weeks of life in womb you are neither, though in both sexes nipples start to grow.
    Then, around eight weeks after conception, the sex hormones kick in. If you’re genetically male the Y chromosome instructs your gonads to become testicles and sends testosterone to a structure called the tubercle, where it is converted into a more potent hormone called dihydro-testosterone This in turn transforms the tubercle into a penis. If you’re female and you don’t make dihydro-testosterone then your tubercle becomes a clitoris.
    When Imperato-McGinley investigated the Guevedoces she discovered the reason they don’t have male genitalia when they are born is because they are deficient in an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which normally converts testosterone into dihydro-testosterone.
    This deficiency seems to be a genetic condition, quite common in this part of the Dominican Republic, but vanishingly rare elsewhere. So the boys, despite having an XY chromosome, appear female when they are born. At puberty, like other boys, they get a second surge of testosterone. This time the body does respond and they sprout muscles, testes and a penis.”

    BTW – it doesn’t just happen in the Dominican Republic; it’s also been found in Papua New Guinea and Turkey. And probably elsewhere, just not reported. Or believed.

  15. Jenny 2021-03-11 18:52

    Most female sports athletes could care less, HC, and it is such a minute number of ttrans that play sports.
    Republicans are so obsessed with the LGBT it’s disturbing. I actually think that there are a lot of pubs in the closet because they are afraid to come out, for they know they would be ostracized in a republican anti-gay state like SD.

  16. happy camper 2021-03-11 19:06

    But two things, Eve is making a case for how much culture, or nurture impacts case study, so that’s really my point, but also citing a very, very tiny percentage of our population who are born with a physical abnormality that has now only become a talking point. Real science has to rule. I think Jenny, there are times we can agree with others and should embrace those times we do regardless of politics. I don’t think making broad pronouncements about any group is helpful when you’re trying to find common ground.

  17. Arlo Blundt 2021-03-11 20:57

    well…Eve is so correct. We cannot control the chromosones and genes we inherit. This great concern about trans kids playing sports is a false scapegoating of an issue, is based on a social agenda that, I believe, is a distinctly minority driven agenda by people my parents would have called “ignorant and small minded.” My dad had no college education, was well read, intellectually curious, and self educated, to a large extent. He was philisophical and would apologize when he said something homopobic. He may have been homophobic but was very friendly with the local gay people he had grown up with in our small town. “Well, ‘ he’d say, that’s the way his cookie crumbled>” My mom had a Masters Degree, had been in the Arts World as a dancer and musician, and had known many homosexual people.
    Unlike my Dad she was more emotional in her outlook and very interested in what was current, what was happening in the big world outside South Dakota. She charactorized homosexual people as “Creative, dedicated, and hard working.”Her advice…”appreciate people for who they are. It takes all kinds to make world.” It seems to me the keys to unlock and dispose of this agenda are familiarity and respect. Jenny is correct. Most young people could care less. The advent of women’s sports has broadened societal attitudes in most adolescents I know. I don’t fear the future. They are going to be a great generation.

  18. leslie 2021-03-11 21:38

    Thx Eve. Happy C, what is your interest?

    The act says: “If a student is deprived of an athletic opportunity or if a student suffers direct or indirect harm, as a result of this Act being violated….” It protects others, not the athlete who wishes to compete. This is a cruel bit of law-making, likely by those with a agenda in some other state.

    What action can we take to prevent Noem from carrying this out?

  19. Mike Livingston 2021-03-11 22:48

    happy, who are you to say how someone who sees themselves and feels about themselves a certain way, that they were born with a physical abnormality? And then you state that you don’t make broad pronouncements?

  20. Eve Fisher 2021-03-12 08:49

    Dear Happy Camper,
    You said, “Remember science for a moment every cell in their body is XY not XX, they don’t have a uterus, the list goes on.” – well, believe it or not there are XX infants who were born without a uterus. It happens. (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that affects the female reproductive system. Women with MRKH are born without a womb or upper two-thirds of the birth canal. The condition affects one in every 5,000 women across the globe and renders sufferers unable to carry children.) One in every 5000 – Does this make them less female, even with the XX chromosomes?

  21. Donald Pay 2021-03-12 09:18

    Between XX or XY, there are trillions upon trillions of chemical reactions before you get to an adult male or female. None of these reactions occur in the same way at the same time or same place in the same chemical environment as others. The other 22 chromosomes have something to contribute. The fact is all of this contributes to the tremendous diversity of humans, including transgender humans. Yes, XX and XY provide a general blueprint, but it’s like any other plan that’s drawn up. Chance happens and plans change. Something is changed here and that leads to change there and pretty soon things get a bit different from the deterministic thinking of happy camper. XX and XY may be the general blueprint, but there are many different kinds of women and men. Now me, I’m a ladies’ man, but others may be ladies inside a man’s body. That’s the way it works. Don’t try to change it. Let people be who they are. It’s all beautiful.

  22. leslie 2021-03-13 01:36

    F**king Catholics. Ist its “hide pedophile priests etc” from criminal justice investigation while loyal parishioners claimed no responsibility. Next, it’s St Thomas Moore(?) and Aberdeen Rancolli(?) high school basketball tournaments during a pandemic etc and other non-profit, tax exempt athletic programs providing public TV content by exploiting young people whose loved ones mindlessly cheer them on, while the Republican legislature is busy legislating against trans-athletes! Seems wrong.

  23. Nix 2021-03-13 06:53

    Well Leslie,
    As a non practicing Catholic, some of your post is true.
    The generalization pisses me off.
    Generalization is exactly what the LBGTQ community do not need right now.
    Collective individualism rules the day weather you are Trans, Catholic , Lakota
    Black or Blue.

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-03-13 08:56

    Whatever Happy’s concerns, weren’t the schools and the SDHSAA doing enough to manage this near-non-issue? Does it really require the heavy-handed government intervention that Governor Noem invokes, against her own conservative small-government principles, to get more camera time?

  25. Eve Fisher 2021-03-13 09:00

    Yes, Cory, there are already rules & regs on the books – but our Governor and our legislature want to prove how “pure” their “conservative principles” are, which means somebody has to be sacrificed. And it seems to always be transgenders.

  26. happy camper 2021-03-13 20:44

    No, the thing is, we should completely accept people regardless of their appearance, be it man or woman, skin color or whatever, until we realize they are a threat. There is nothing wrong with these kids questioning their gender or sexuality, so just let them enjoy themselves. But it is you, you Binary People, that think only one thing or the other exists and keep forcing kids into two separate labels. And it is you wonderful, tolerant liberals that will give them drugs and cut off their penis, rather than just tell them they are fine and beautiful and wonderful just the way they are, different now at a young age, maybe always different, but will also see, feel, and understand things only because they are different.

  27. leslie 2023-01-11 08:54

    Nix, just seeing your response, you are correct of course, my over-generalization is faulty. Forgive my obtuseness.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.