MEGA VICTORY: South Dakota attack bill vetoed!
Today, Governor Daugaard of South Dakota vetoed what was on the verge of becoming the worst anti-trans law on the books in any state. HB 1008, which would have prohibited trans students from using the restrooms that match their gender, denied trans kids basic rights and robbed them of the chance to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.
By vetoing this bill, Governor Daugaard has listened to South Dakota parents and students, and school administrators, and has chosen to protect all students in the state. He has sent his constituents and the whole country the message that discrimination is not a South Dakota value.
This is a huge victory for trans people around the country. HB 1008 was has been our legislative biggest threat this year—and defeating it shows us that we are still winning. NCTE has been working with South Dakotans since this bill was introduced and sent Mara Keisling, our Executive Director, to help out on the ground last week.
But our work is not nearly done. Join the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender Law Center this Thursday, March 3 at 6pm EST for a community call about anti-trans legislation around the country. We’ll talk about how we’re going to beat them--and what you can do to help. Register here.