Utah bill banning trans athletes in girls sports advances

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, talks about her bill HB302 at a House Education Committee meeting at the State Office Building, in Salt Lake City. A proposal to ban transgender athletes from playing on girls’ sports teams passed the state House Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Utah. The lawmaker sponsoring the measure, Birkeland, said it would ensure fairness in women’s sports by making sure female athletes aren’t competing against those assigned as male at birth.