The State of Utah could be banning transgenders from participating in female sports.
In an 8-6 vote the Preserving Sports for Female Students bill was passed by a body of legislatures and now will go to the State’s House.
The bill specifically states that biological males cannot participate in sports activities that are designated for female students.
It’s sad lawmakers have to waste their time on what should already be obvious.
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The Washington Examiner covered the bill:
A Utah House Committee on Thursday moved forward with a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in female-only K-12 school sports.
The Preserving Sports for Female Students bill passed the local legislative body with an 8-6 vote and will advance to the state House for the next level of approval. The bill “prohibits a student of the male sex from participating in an athletic activity designated for female students” and requires educational institutions to “designate athletic activities by sex.”
“Across America, there are stories of individuals who identified as male at birth competing against our female athletes,” Republican state Rep. Kera Birkeland, a junior varsity high school basketball coach, said during deliberations. “These individuals who identify as male at birth are breaking records that no female will be able to reach. They’re taking championships, titles, and scholarships from our female athletes. To say it’s taking a toll on our female athletes would be an understatement.”
Wait, you mean that biological men retain competitive advantages in sports over biological women, even after taking injections? That's crazy! https://t.co/4OhbID3nbG
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 5, 2021
Proponents say the measure would "preserve female sports," while opponents argue it is harmful and discriminatory toward transgender youth.https://t.co/uTlXxpzuEZ
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) February 11, 2021
Fox 13 News covered the story too:
Utah lawmakers moved a bill forward Thursday that would ban transgender girls from playing in female sports at public schools. A committee voted 8-6 to move the bill to the House floor.
For most of the day, the House Education committee listened to emotional testimony for and against HB302.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kera Birkeland (R-Morgan), is also a basketball coach for the JV Girls team at Morgan High.
“Title IX became law, thus allowing women an equal seat at the sports table,” said Birkeland.
Birkeland argued her bill would level the playing field where women wouldn’t be spectators in their own sports.