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House Bill 11: transgender girls and school sports on Monday's Access Utah

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There is a a debate ongoing nationally as to whether transgender women should be allowed to participate in women’s sports. That debate has arrived in Utah. In the recent legislative session, HB 11 passed. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, bans transgender individuals from participating in girl’s high school sports. Governor Spencer Cox vetoed the bill. The legislature then convened in special session to override the governor’s veto. Rep. Birkeland, Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-West Jordan, a cosponsor of HB 11; and Olivia Jaramillo Director for Public Outreach at Equality Utah and member of the Equality Utah Transgender Advisory Council, will join us on the program today.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.