Judge considering injunction to allow transgender girls to play girls high school sports

Aug 11, 2022, 5:57 PM | Updated: Aug 30, 2022, 3:38 pm

Image of courtroom and gavel. A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City has indicted Utah fugitive Llo...

A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City has indicted Utah fugitive Llobani Federico Figueroa and 27 other defendants on multiple drug related crimes. (Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for three transgender girls are asking a judge to grant an injunction from Utah’s law governing transgender youth in school sports. The law in question, HB11, bars these individuals from competing in high school sports as the gender they identify with.

The three girls and their families are suing over the ban passed earlier this year by the Utah legislature. 

 Shannon Minter, who represents the students and their families, argued for several hours in the Third District Court that the law is causing individual and societal harm. 

“These are windows of development you don’t get to have again,” Minter said.

The girls could make their individual cases to play sports to the Utah High School Activities Association if the injunction is granted. If the judge blocks the ban the state will activate a commission to decide, on an individual basis, if each transgender child can compete.

Our previous coverage:

The judge issued a confidentiality order so the students’ identities would not be revealed. One, identified only with the pseudonym Jenny, is an 11th-grade volleyball player. Minter described her as someone who loves sports. 

But attorneys for the state argued the three girls would not be eligible to play on any teams anyway. Thomas Lee, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, argued that Jenny lacks the academic standing to participate on her high school volleyball team. 

Third District Court Judge Keith Kelly is expected to release his decision on the injunction on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

He also says the trial will likely get started sometime in 2023 at the earliest.

We want to hear from you.

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


Chief of Police for Price City Police Department, Brandon Sicilie, holding PeeDee....

Britt Johnson

Abandoned puppy finds a home at the Price Police Department

PeeDee, a puppy found on the side of a roadway during a dispatch call, has found a new home with the Price City Police Department.

7 hours ago

Lake Powell as seen from Navajo Mountain. The Navajo Nation is asking why their request for funding...

Eric Cabrera

Navajo Nation left wondering why funding continually denied

The Navajo Nation is asking why their request for funding for a road has been denied for the last 15 years.

11 hours ago

a box of food for food pantries...

Heather Peterson

Food pantries running low due to spike in demand

According to Feeding America, 316,980 people are facing hunger in Utah, and 93,050 are children.

14 hours ago

baby feet, utah postpartum retreat helps new moms...

Britt Johnson

Utah company aims to help postpartum moms with special retreats

The founder of Utah Postpartum Retreat said she thinks new moms are at high risk for developing postpartum mood disorders because they lack support.

15 hours ago

Example of a possible future salvage project on Lake Powell....

Derrick Jones

Lake Powell asks for public’s help locating possible salvage

Park officials want to know where sunken vessels were seen as Lake Powell reached record low levels.

15 hours ago

Power lines are pictured in utah, utah has lower electricity bill than other states...

Tammy Kikuchi

Study shows Utahns pay cheapest electricity bills in the country

Utah residents are paying less for power than any other state. Rocky Mountain Power says they work hard to keep it that way.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

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.

Judge considering injunction to allow transgender girls to play girls high school sports