In response to vetoing a bill involving transgender sports, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the state already has rules in place for sports leagues regarding transgender people.
“North Dakota has fairness in girls’ and boys’ sports in large part because of the caring and thoughtful leadership of the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) Board and its members,” Burgum said. “We have every confidence they will continue to ensure a level playing field for the more than 27,000 students who participate in North Dakota high school sports.”
The state says a transgender student who is not taking hormone treatment may not participate in sports with the gender they identify as, The Bismarck Tribune reported.
Transgender males have to undergo testosterone treatment in order to compete in male sports leagues, and transgender females have to undergo testosterone suppressing treatment for one year before participating in female sports leagues.
“To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team. Further, the NDHSAA already has regulations in place for participation in sex-separated interscholastic contests by transgender students,” Burgum said.
The bill could be overridden by the state House and Senate, with the House getting enough votes the first time around to override the governor’s decision.
This topic has a lot of tension surrounding it right now especially with the NCAA organization releasing a statement in which it said its Board of Governors “unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.”
NCAA May Not Hold Championship Games in States That Stand Up for Women’s Sports
The NCAA has indicated it may not hold championship games in states that protect women’s sports.
The organization released a statement yesterday in which it said its Board of Governors “unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.”
“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the NCAA stated. “Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect.”
“When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected,” continues the statement.
The NCAA has just announced they do not care about women's sports. There will soon only be one category of college sports.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 13, 2021
The Daily Wire points out:
According to a recent study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, biological men underwent a year of hormone treatment and still enjoyed a solid advantage over their female peers. Though the researchers did say that two years of hormone treatment did show some positive signs for transgender athletes, they ultimately admitted that there is no possible way to completely eliminate biological advantage, given how the body develops during puberty.
In recent weeks, Tennessee’s Governor Bill Lee signed a law requiring student athletes to submit proof of their biological sex at birth which also requires them to compete according to that designation.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued two executive orders to protect women’s sports in her state after a battle with the legislature over a transgender sports bill which she did not sign and instead, sent back to lawmakers for “style and form” revisions.