Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Protest Against Transgender Youth Sports Bill

From St George News:

Three siblings held up colorful, hand-written signs in support of Utah’s transgender youth last week at the corner of Main Street and St. George Boulevard. The siblings staged a protest against the Student Eligibility in Interscholastic Activities bill, designated HB 11 in the 2022 Utah Legislature, which includes a provision disallowing transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports.

Gov. Spencer Cox vetoed the bill, March 22 for various reasons, including misunderstandings of rules regarding transgender athletes who wish to participate in sports and concerns for young people who are negatively affected by the bill. The veto was overridden by Utah’s Legislature, 21-8 in the Senate and 56-18 in the House, March 25, according to the Utah Senate website.

Representative Kera Birkeland, who was the house sponsor of HB 11, was quoted on the Senate website saying her goal is to protect and preserve girls’ sports.

Read more here.

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