South Dakota governor aims to block trans athletes from women's sports nationwide

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Monday urged fellow governors, high-profile athletes and everyday citizens nationwide to join an initiative seeking to bar transgender girls and women from participating in female sports. Noem, a Republican, announced her “Defend Title IX Now” effort three days after coming under fire from both sides of the political aisle for rejecting a bill that would ban students designated as male at birth from women’s and girls’ sports. The governor, who disappointed conservatives in her party by not signing the bill into law, said she agr…

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