South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Orders DOH To Terminate Contract With Transgender Rights Group Ahead Of ‘Gender Summit’

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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the virtual convention on August 26, 2020. The convention is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include speeches from various locations including Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, DC. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem instructed the S.D. Department of Health to terminate their contract with The Transformation Project, which is a transgender activist group, according to The Daily Signal.

This group is hosting a “Gender Identity Summit” next month at the Sanford Research Center. As this summit approached, it was brought to Noem’s attention, which is when she decided to terminate the contract.

“Gov. Kristi Noem is reviewing all Department of Health contracts and immediately terminated a contract with The Transformation Project,” said Ian Fury, Noem’s communications chief. “The contract was signed without Gov. Noem’s prior knowledge or approval.”

“South Dakota does not support this organization’s efforts, and state government should not be participating in them,” Noem said in a statement provided by Fury. “We should not be dividing our youth with radical ideologies. We should treat every single individual equally as a human being.”

Fury also reported that The Transformation Project had not complied with its state contract. The organization had failed “to submit required quarterly reports for two consecutive quarters,” among other violations.

The Transformation Project and Sanford Health will host the Midwest Gender identity Summit on January 13th at the Sanford Research Center in Sioux Falls.

The summit will provide many workshops focused on topics such as “Providing Gender Affirming Care,” “Gender Affirming Care and the Attitude of Affirmation in Assessment,” “How My Journey as a Transgender Provider Has Impacted Patient Care,” and “Lessons From Transgender Patients.”

The Summit, as well as Sanfords involvement, was under fire from critics before Noem made this announcement as well,

“Trusted medical professionals should be counted on to ‘do no harm.’” Linda Schauer, Concerned Women for America South Dakota state director, told The Daily Signal. “South Dakotans want young people to be healthy and happy in the sex God created them to be. So why is Sanford Health promoting this summit?”

Neither Sanford or the Transformation project have commented on the summit.