Utah sports official reveals secret investigation into GENDER HISTORY of schoolgirl who ‘outclassed’ her rivals
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: A schoolgirl’s victory in a state-level women’s school athletic competition in Utah last year apparently did not go down well with her fellow competitors and their parents. The parents of the runners-up and third-place finishers couldn’t accept that the winner had simply “upgraded” their daughters, so they asked her gender. This prompted a secret investigation into the winner’s gender history up to her kindergarten days, as well as claims that she is a transgender girl.
A school athletics official recalled the grim investigation at the Utah Legislature’s Interim Education Committee on Wednesday, Aug. 17, adding that it was not an isolated case. Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Legislative Representative David Spatafore told the committee that his organization has received numerous complaints from parents who say, “This female athlete doesn’t look feminine enough.” The news from the Desert reported.
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Spatafore declined to reveal the sport or school associated with the case in question. He did, however, reveal that UHSAA had asked the student’s school to conduct an investigation by reviewing his school enrollment records. “School has returned to kindergarten,” Spatafore explained. “And she’s always been a girl.” The investigation was not disclosed to the student or her family.
“We did not communicate with the parents or the student simply because if all the questions about eligibility were answered by the school or the schools in the supply system, there was no reason to. make a personal situation with a family or this athlete,” Spatafore explained, according to The Desert News. The secret investigation into the girls’ gender history was made possible under state-enacted HB11 – a controversial bill passed by the State House and Senate in March that effectively barred transgender girls to participate in school sports. Republican Gov. Spencer Cox was among those criticizing the bill at the time.
Cox’s veto letter argued that such laws that target vulnerable transgender children can increase suicide rates. Business leaders have also warned that the ban could cost Utah millions of dollars in economic impact, including the loss of the NBA All-Star Game next year. However, Cox’s veto was overruled by the state legislature and passed anyway.
Meanwhile, the USHAA, for its part, is trying to conform as closely as possible to the principles of HB11, according to Spatafore. According to LGBT Map, 18 states have laws prohibiting transgender students from participating in sports that match their gender identity.