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KIM KOPPELMAN

When institutions like the University of North Dakota allow a culture of political discrimination to persist, the public loses faith, and when our society loses faith in its institutions, we all suffer.
California says North Dakota's law was an affront to the LGBTQ community, which left North Dakota's first openly gay lawmaker a little confused.
Democratic California Attorney General Rob Bonta said a bill passed in North Dakota allows for discrimination against LGBT college students, but supporters of the legislation say it aims to expand free speech on campus and clearly doesn't target students of any particular viewpoint or orientation.

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The members of the Administrative Rules Committee voted 8-7 on Tuesday, June 8, to authorize the prohibition proposed by the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, which oversees licensing for social workers in the state.
The bill, sponsored by Fargo Republican Rep. Andrew Marschall, passed the House of Representatives by a 57-36 vote and the Senate by a 41-6 vote.
Only 1.7% of North Dakotans citizens were counted as LGBTQ+ in 2013 — no other state came close — so we have already been leading the league for a while now.
Transgender kids so often endure being isolated, made fun of, bullied, and beaten everyday. Why?...simply because they dare to exist.
Jim Shaw argues the transgender high school athlete bill in the North Dakota Legislature is a bill looking for a problem to fix.
The idea that trans women have an automatic athletic advantage over cisgender women is incorrect. A large 2016 study by medical researchers from the UK concluded that there is currently no research available that suggests that transgender female individuals have an inherent advantage in athletics.

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Hogenson points out rhetoric associated with the bill.
The NCAA has allowed transgender student-athletes to participate in college athletics since before I started coaching college sports, and without incident. Transgender student-athletes are not “stealing” scholarships, championships or opportunities from female student-athletes.
Anti-trans athlete bill is another example of the homophobic underpinnings of the North Dakota GOP.

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