Latest version of bill allows trans athletes to compete in their gender’s sports
SALT LAKE CITY — Local transgender advocates say they’ve been in talks for the last year with the sponsors of the bill that originally banned Utah’s transgender girls from playing high school sports. Now, the bill allows trans athletes to compete in the sports of their gender, with some stipulations.
After one year of discussions, transgender advocates and state lawmakers seem to have found at least some middle ground on a bill about transgender athletes in Utah.
House Bill 302, initially titled, “Preserving Sports for Female Students,” banned Utah’s transgender girls from playing in girls high school sports. Rep. Kera Birkeland (R-Morgan) and Senator Curtis Bramble (R-Provo) sponsored the bill. It required schools and local education agencies to designate athletic activities by sex.
One year later, the bill about trans athletes looks very different
A new version of the transgender athlete bill would allow for trans girls to play and compete in girls sports. However, trans girls would only be able to participate in the sport of their gender after they’ve completed one year of hormone therapy.
The latest version also stipulates that trans boys on testosterone must compete in boys sports. The bill would also require student athletes to change their birth certificate to match their gender.
Discussions are ongoing
Robbins said she is glad the discussions have come this far, but that she can’t support the bill without it better clarifying some language. She also expressed the birth certificate requirement seems extra.
Robbins said conversations with the bill’s sponsors are still happening, and both sides seem committed to coming to an agreement on the bill.
“Utah is leading the way in actually having discussions here,” said Robbins.
The bill has a favorable recommendation from a committee meaning it will get heard this legislative session.
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