PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City LGBTQ+ Taskforce released a statement on January 31 speaking out against several bills making their way through the Utah legislature.
The statement, signed by the Park City LGBTQ+ Taskforce as well as several Park City and Summit County Council members, condemns and opposes policies:
- “That are mean-spirited and unfairly target transgender youth,
- That make Utah a threatening place for transgender people to live,
- That are unappealing for businesses who want to support their LGBTQ+ employees and their families,
- That strip parents of their rights to make medical decisions for their children,
- That restrict transgender Utahns’ freedom of self determination and impede their civil liberties.”
“We ask the legislature to stop running bills that single out trans individuals and instead to work in good faith with the trans community to address issues with respect for their fundamental humanity,” said the statement.”We ask the governor to veto bills that attack and restrict the rights of Transgender Utahns and to treat our community with the same fairness, consideration, and compassion afforded to other stakeholders.”
During the first two weeks of the 2023 General Session of the 65th Legislature, several bills that would impact LGBTQ+ individuals have been discussed, including S.B. 16 , which would bar transgender youth from receiving gender-affirming healthcare.
Gov. Spencer Cox signed off on S.B. 16 on January 28, stating that he will continue to push the legislature for “additional resources to organizations that work to help this important Utah community.”
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