Target: Governor Dennis Daugaard
Goal: Stop a bill that will restrict transgender students from using public school facilities.
A bill was recently approved in the South Dakota Senate that would impede transgender students from using public school restrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender. The bill was approved in a 20 to 15 vote, and Governor Dennis Daugaard will now decide whether to sign the bill into law or veto it. We must take action now to demand that the Governor stand up for transgender students.
This comes on the heels of another bill, approved by the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee, which will restrict the ability of trans people from playing on sports teams according to their gender identity.
Many states across America have already passed laws that will allow trans students to take part in teams consistent with their gender identity. According to the Human Rights Campaign, which is a LGBT advocacy group, this bill and similar proposals in Texas and Nebraska constitute an attack on the ability of trans people to live openly and on their own terms.
Governor Daugaard has stated that he has never met a transgender person. Sign this petition to let him know that they have the same rights as anyone else.
Dear Governor Daugaard,
Recent proposals from the South Dakota Senate and House State Affairs Committee seem to harbor an agenda against transgender students.
To restrict access to public school restrooms and facilities according to gender identity is an attack on the rights and liberties of this vulnerable part of society. Further restrictions on their ability to participate in sports teams, according to the same gender “discrepancies” between their identity and what’s on their birth certificate, would be salt in the wound.
The rights of trans students to preserve their dignity and to take part in communal activities such as sports, like any other student, should be protected and upheld to the same degree as anyone else’s rights. These bills and others like it in South Dakota and other locations around the country are without any moral merit.
To sign this bill into law would be a discriminatory act on your part and that of the state. I urge you to veto this bill, an act that would be equally compassionate as it is just.
[Your Name Here]
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