Hundreds rally against transgender athlete ban, call on veto to be upheld

Mar 24, 2022, 8:46 PM | Updated: Mar 25, 2022, 10:04 am

(Hundreds of people outside the Capitol, calling for the governor's veto to be upheld.  Photo: Paul...

(Hundreds of people outside the Capitol, calling for the governor's veto to be upheld. Photo: Paul Nelson, March 24, 2022)

(Hundreds of people outside the Capitol, calling for the governor's veto to be upheld. Photo: Paul Nelson, March 24, 2022)

SALT LAKE CITY — The debate over the proposed transgender athlete ban continues to heat up, with people on both sides planning rallies at the Capitol.  Hundreds showed up on the south steps to call on lawmakers to uphold the governor’s veto.

Lawmakers have scheduled a special session of congress to try and override Governor Spencer Cox’s veto of House Bill 11.  The bill would introduce an all-out ban on transgender student-athletes taking part in high school sports, and passed out of the legislator with a majority that was not veto-proof.  The governor says the latest version of the bill did not allow for any public input into its passage.

Transgender ban

Critics of the bill waved trans-pride flags and carried signs saying things like “Let Kids Play” and “Hands Off Our Kids.”  Utah Pride Center Spokesman Kevin Randall says there’s a chance the veto could be overturned, and if it is, he doesn’t expect the law to stay on the books for long.

Randall said, “Even if they pass this bill, I don’t think it’s the end of it.  I don’t think it’s sustainable, either.  I feel like they could pass HB 11, but it’s going to see a lot of problems.  It’s going to see legal action.”

He believes it would be foolish of lawmakers to overturn the veto if it could lead to massive, expensive lawsuits. He added that there is no evidence of transgender students taking athletic scholarships away from female athletes.

“There are only four transgender individuals that we know of that are participating in sports that this bill impacts.  Four out of 75,000 students,” according to Randall.

UEA applauds governor’s veto

Utah Education Association President Heidi Matthews says she’s hearing a lot of talk on both sides of the issue, including from some of their members who wonder why the UEA is weighing in, at all.

Matthews says some people say, “Girls participating in sports… this isn’t an education issue.”

However, she says the association as to focus on what is best for marginalized students. And she believes a bill excluding transgender students out of anything would cause tremendous damage.

“House Bill 11 scores political points, but it doesn’t take into consideration the consequences to transgender students,” she said.  “Regardless of their interest in sports, this sends a message of exclusion and intimidation.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

SALT LAKE CITY -- With just a week until a potential government shutdown, Utah leaders are saying U...

Clayre Scott

‘We’ll find the money’: Utah leaders working to keep national parks open during potential government shutdown

With just a week until a potential government shutdown, Utah leaders are saying national parks will remain open without federal funding. 

1 day ago

FILE - The U.S. Capitol is seen on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. New Jerse...

Mark Jones

Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted Friday, what does this mean?

Andy Field with ABC News shares his insight into the indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J,.

2 days ago

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and other top Garden State Democrats are calling on Democratic Sen. Bob...

Dan Berman

New Jersey governor calls on Sen. Bob Menendez, a fellow Democrat, to resign

After being indicted, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been asked by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to resign.

2 days ago

John Curtis...

Lindsay Aerts

If government shuts down, Rep. John Curtis says Congress members shouldn’t get paid

If Congress shuts down, Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) said he wants to make it illegal for members of Congress to get paid.

2 days ago

(L) Heidi Westfall (Facebook), (R) Gavan Ganung (LinkedIn). Westfall and Ganung will know which one...

Lindsay Aerts

Roll of the dice to decide final spot in Brighton Town Council race

In the race for city council in the Town of Brighton, Heidi Westfall and Gavan Ganung are tied with 34 votes each.

2 days ago


Kristin Wilson, Haley Talbot, Clare Foran and Melanie Zanona

McCarthy frustrated after GOP hardliners put his plan to avoid a shutdown on ice

Speaker Kevin McCarthy sent his House members home for the week without a clear plan to avoid a looming government shutdown on Thursday.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Hundreds rally against transgender athlete ban, call on veto to be upheld