We are deeply disappointed and saddened at today's votes by the Utah Legislature to discriminate against transgender youth to exclude them from participating fully in sports.
Discriminating against transgender athletes not only prevents them from experiencing the sense of confidence and inclusion associated with participating in sport, but it also compounds the exclusion and trauma far too many transgender Utahns already experience.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of Utah v. Valdez, which will be argued in front of the Supreme Court
We believe that any guidance adopted by the Utah State Board of Education should follow the evolving medical evidence and legal standards around gender identity.
Under the federal and Utah constitutions, state and county governments are required to maintain and protect the health, safety, and dignity of the people who they incarcerate. While people in jail and prisons are serving time for criminal convictions, they never lose those rights.
On December 1st, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Jackson Women’s Health, concerning Mississippi’s 15-week ban and its challenge to Roe v. Wade and decades of precedent recognizing the right of individuals to decide when and how to become a parent.