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South Dakota anti-trans legislation withdrawn

A bill that was introduced in the South Dakota State Senate that would have required the state's public school students to use locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities matching the gender they were assigned at birth was withdrawn yesterday. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Lance Russell, who said he withdrew the bill because of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's promise to veto the bill if passed and because the legal defense team which promised to defend the bill withdrew its support because bathrooms were not included in the restrictions.

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South Dakota governor pledges veto

Yesterday, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard pledged to veto a discriminatory bill that would restrict transgender students from accessing locker rooms and facilities that match their gender identity.

SB 115 was introduced this week even though Daugaard vetoed a similar bill last spring.

The legislation does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota.

I haven’t heard one instance of a problem in this area. Not one. But we have seen major problems in North Carolina when a bill like this was enacted.

--Daugaard

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Another

Friday evening police were called to a Sioux Falls apartment building because a juvenile reported a strong odor emanating from a neighbor's apartment. Investigators discovered the body of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year-old transgender woman. She reportedly had been stabbed to death.

Ms. Wounded Arrow was an Oglala Lakota who grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

A vigil was held outside the building on Saturday evening.

We need justice and we will get it.

I’m still in shock. I keep thinking she’s going to text me or come up here.

I always judge myself more severely than everyone around me. She made me feel like I could be myself.

--Franklin Whiting, Jr, friend and neighbor

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While you were busy

While you were busy

Yesterday I buried the lede in a comment in my diary offering because I knew that diary would be mostly ignored, what with it being Super Tuesday and all.

Maybe today this will actually draw some notice. South Dakota Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard yesterday vetoed the anti-transgender "bathroom bill" which targeted transgender students.

Proponents of House Bill 1008 say it protects students' privacy. Opponents say it's discrimination.

--Gov. Daugaard

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Daugaard meets transgender people

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard noted recently that he had never "knowingly met a transgender person."

He can't truthfully say that anymore. Yesterday the guv met with three transgender South Dakotans, including two students who would be severely adversely affected by HB 1008 for about a half hour..

Thomas Lewis, 18, and Kendra Heathscott, 22, reported that the governor was "kind and receptive in hearing their stories."

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Child Advocacy groups urge governors to veto anti-transgender legislation

 photo A_TransGender-Symbol.pngThe American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Education Association have joined together to write an open letter to the nation's governors stating their opposition to bills which target transgender students such as the one awaiting the signature of Governor Daugaard in South Dakota.

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Human Rights Watch calls for legal gender recognition to be fundamental right

Kyle Knight and Neela Goshal have written an interesting essay on the rights...or lack of same...of transgender people around the world.

The process is as universal as it gets: when a baby is born, a doctor, parent, or birth attendant announces the arrival of a “girl” or “boy.” That split-second assignment dictates multiple aspects of our lives. It is also something that most of us never question.

But some people’s gender evolves differently, and might not fit rigid traditional notions of female or male.

That should have no bearing on whether someone can enjoy fundamental rights. But for transgender people it does—to a humiliating, violent, and sometimes lethal degree.

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South Dakota Legislators vote to go full transphobe

 photo SD_zpscuis9krs.jpgState Representative Fred Deutsch has sponsored two bills targeting transgender kids.

The first passed out of committee Monday and restricts transgender students from using bathrooms designated for people with the opposite physical sex. 

That bill, HB 1008, passed the South Dakota House yesterday by a vote of 58-10.

The bill does now contain language calling for schools to provide "reasonable accommodations" for transgender students...as long as they are segregated.

Deutsch claims the bill is intended to protect the privacy of all students.

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South Dakota's Genital Police

 

 

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This intelligent-looking gentleman is South Dakota State Rep. Roger Hunt (R-Brandon). He's really pissed that the South Dakota High School Activities Association had a policy whch allowed parents to notify schools of their child's gender identity.

From there the school collects information from pertinent individuals and sources including family members, friends, and teachers. In addition to the testimonials the association also requires written verification from a health care professional attesting to the child’s professed gender expression.

This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture.

--Rep. Hunt

And by God, in Roger Hunt's South Dakota, transgender people don't deserve to be treated equally!

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Transgender worker wins workplace discrimination settlement with backing from EEOC

 photo McCreery_zps6da77b95.jpgCori McCreery was working as a clerk in the grocery store Don's Valley Market in Rapid City, SD and had earned a promotion in 2010. Then she announced that she was transitioning from male to female.

Originally given assurances that she would have job security if she transitioned, her employers apparently believed they had no choice but to terminate that employment soon after her announcement. Her supervisors told her she was making other employees "uncomfortable," so she had to go because the company had a "7 million dollar investment to protect."

In 2012 Lambda Legal filed a suit charging employment discrimination in 2012, claiming that workplace discrimination against transgender people is gender discrimination in violation on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Last Monday Lamdba Legal announced that, with backing from the Equal Employment Opportunity Employment Commission, a settlement had been agreed to by the contending parties. Don's Valley Market would have to pay her the maximum allowable of $50,000 for an employer of fewer of 100 employees.

In addition the settlement included a public notice on the EEOC website, public notice on the workplace bulletin board, a mandatory policy in the workplace regarding workplace protections, a letter of apology to Ms. McCreery, and a letter of recommendation in regard to future employment.

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