SD transgender students could play sport of choice - KOTA Territory News

SD transgender students could play sport of choice

In a four to one vote, the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) board approved a transgender policy Wednesday night.

This policy allows students who identify with a specific gender to participate in the sport of that gender."T
hey now have a process in place where they can appeal it to the activities association should they want to compete in a gender that's different than their birth record," said Wayne Carney, executive director of the High School Activities Association.

Through a multi-step process, including proof of 'consistent gender identification and expression', a committee and Carney take about 21 days total to make a final decision. "A school determines if the necessary documents have been procured for SDHSAA transgender application, and then school will submit the application to the association for review," said Carney.

Under the new guidelines, a student who is unhappy with the final decision can appeal.

Nancy Rosenbrahn, Black Hills Center for Equality board member, says this is a step in the right direction. "Ev
ery person wants to have a full and complete life, and for some people, that's to play sports," said Rosenbrahn. "Anytime a policy is put in place that helps transgendered students get what they want, it's a good day," said Rosenbrahn. 

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