South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill prohibiting transgender girls and women from participating on female sports teams, becoming the first state this year, and the 10th in the Nation, to enact such a bill.

According to NBC, Noem vetoed a similar law in March, claiming that it wouldn't stand up to judicial scrutiny. Later that month, she signed two executive orders limiting female sports team membership to those who were designated female at birth.

Proponents of trans sports bans, such as Noem, say that they are safeguarding gender equality in athletics. The majority of the legislation prohibits trans athletes from participating in gender-specific sports teams in public K-12 schools, some private schools, and colleges and universities.

LGBT supporters claim that conservative leaders are exploiting transgender inclusion on sports teams as one of several culture war themes to energize their audience ahead of the midterm elections.

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Playing with Pride: LGBT Rights Charity Expands To North America

With the addition of a number of new ambassadors and partners throughout North American racing, Racing Pride has announced a substantial expansion of its world-leading campaign to actively promote LGBT inclusiveness via motorsport.

According to Sports Media, Racing Pride began in June 2019 with a group of U.K.-based ambassadors and partners with the goal of providing visible role models and support for the LGBT community in the sport, as well as allyship education.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we are now able to launch this expansion of Racing Pride with a terrific line-up of inspiring ambassadors and carefully selected partners who both belief in and will be able to further our core mission to positively promote LGBTQ+ inclusion through motorsport from grassroots to elite professional level internationally,” said Racing Pride Co-founder and Driver Ambassador Richard Morris.