Utah families file lawsuit against ban on transgender sports


This week, two Utah families filed a lawsuit against the state over a law banning transgender girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity.

The trialwhich was filed in the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake County, was filed on behalf of a 16-year-old girl who wants to play on her school’s volleyball team and a 13-year-old girl years old who wishes to participate in the team of his school. women’s swimming team.

Defendants named in the lawsuit include the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), an organization that regulates school sports in the state, the Granite School District and its superintendent Rich Nye.

The girls’ families say state law “stigmatizes and discriminates” against girls, “denies them equal opportunity” and “subjects them to serious adverse effects on their physical and mental health.” The lawsuit asks the court to declare the law unconstitutional and bar it from taking effect.

The Republican-controlled Utah legislature overturned Governor Spencer Cox’s (right) veto of the bill preventing transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams in March. Cox said he vetoed the bill because there were only four transgender children involved in school sports in Utah, and only one was a transgender girl playing on a sports team. girls.

Still, the legislature chose to override Cox’s veto, with the bill’s sponsor saying the “integrity of women’s sports” must remain intact.

The new lawsuit says Utah’s ban is “based on unsubstantiated stereotypes, fears, and misconceptions about transgender girls” and is “not supported by medical or scientific evidence.”

The 16-year-old volleyball player in the lawsuit, named Jenny Roe, was diagnosed with gender dysphoria when she was 12, and the 13-year-old swimmer, named Jane Noe, was diagnosed around age 8 .

“My last volleyball season was one of the best times of my life,” Jenny said in a statement included in the jumpsuit. “I loved my teammates, felt like I was part of something bigger than myself and finally had a way to socialize with friends after being locked down during the pandemic.”

“This law devastated me. I just want to play on a team like any other kid.

The bill is the latest effort by a GOP-controlled state legislature to ban transgender girls from playing on school sports teams that match their gender identity. A number of states, including Florida, Alabama and Georgia, passed laws earlier this year banning transgender women from participating in women’s sports.

Utah’s bill is expected to go into effect July 1.


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