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Transgender girls in Utah can compete again after judge grants injunction blocking state’s sports ban

Judge Keith Kelly wrote in his ruling that the ban is “plainly unfavorable treatment” and granted a preliminary injunction.

Transgender girls in Utah can return to competing in high school sports on a girls’ team this fall after a judge temporarily blocked the state from enforcing its controversial ban.

It’s a big — though still early — victory in the case for the three teenage transgender girls here who brought the challenge. They were barred from competing under their preferred gender after state lawmakers passed the athletic ban earlier this year.

Third District Judge Keith Kelly said in his ruling posted Friday that granted the hold, known as a preliminary injunction, that the state’s ban is currently harming the girls by taking away opportunities and creating a stigma.

“The ban singles out transgender girls and categorically bars them from competing on girls’ sports teams,” he wrote. “At the same time, other girls are free to compete. This is plainly unfavorable treatment.”

Aug 19, 2022

Courtney Tanner

The Salt Lake Tribune

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Project Rainbow: Fostering inclusivity across Utah
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The organization plans to distribute 8,000 flags, and if you want one, a $15 donation is required to sign up.

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Utah-based Zions Bank opts out of participating in Boise Pride Festival
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Salt Lake City-based Zions Bank has announced they will be withdrawing from the Boise Pride Festival.

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Sep 7, 2022

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After transgender ban, Utah sports group gets complaints some girls aren't 'feminine enough'
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's organization that oversees high school athletics has fielded complaints from parents that some girls don't look "feminine enough," suggesting they may be transgender.

The Utah High School Activities Association disclosed it even launched an investigation after the parents of two girls — who took second and third place in a competition last year — complained the first place winner may not be a biological girl.

David Spatafore, the UHSAA's legislative liason, told the Utah State Legislature's Education Interim Committee on Wednesday that the first place winner "outclassed" the other girls. It spawned a complaint that was filed the day of the competition. For privacy reasons, he would not name anyone involved, their schools, nor the sport they were competing in.

"The school checked their records. They said based on our records there isn’t a question," he said. "Then together we asked and the school asked them to check their feeder schools to double-check to see as far back as the records of the students would go and see if she was always female. The school went back to kindergarten and she’d always been a female."

Aug 18, 2022

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Judge won't dismiss lawsuit challenging Utah's ban on transgender athletes
SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on transgender children playing school sports matching their gender identity.

The decision follows a lengthy hearing on Wednesday where lawyers in the case argued a series of motions, including motions to dismiss the lawsuit. The judge cautioned he was issuing a partial ruling with facts to sort out in litigation and more to come.

"It has the purpose and effect of creating a classification based on transgender status," 3rd District Court Judge Keith Kelly said of the law. "Furthermore, when I look at the statute as a whole it’s very clear the purpose of the statute is to exclude transgender girls from entirely competing or participating with other girls in high school sporting activities."

Judge Kelly said the law singles them out when others are free to compete and treats them "less favorably than other girls" and imposes a disparate treatment.

Aug 10, 2022

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