UPDATE: Gov. Burgum signed House Bill 1489 into law. 


House Bill 1489 would ban transgender athletes from competing on the sports teams that match their gender identity at institutions of higher education in North Dakota.

The ACLU of North Dakota opposes House Bill 1489. This bill violates both the United States Constitution and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which protects all students – including those who are transgender – from discrimination based on sex.

House Bill 1489 is not about leveling the playing field for student athletes. It’s about erasing and excluding trans people from participation in all aspects of public life. It’s about creating solutions to problems that don’t exist and, in the process, harming some of the most vulnerable people in North Dakota.


Rep. Koppelman, Louser, Meier, Novak, S. Olson, Steiner, and VanWinkle, and Sens. Estenson, Myrdal, Paulson, and Wobbema


Signed by governor



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