TEA of Utah calls on Utahns to stand up for transgender kids, oppose discriminatory HB 302

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Utah lawmakers advanced state-sponsored discrimination Wednesday when House Bill 302 passed the Utah House on a 50-23 vote.

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From sports to health care: transgender youth in Utah need your help

Transgender youth deserve dignity and respect just like their cis peers, but so often legislation that targets them for discrimination is discussed in 30 second sound-bites. In the essay and news segment below, Candice Metzler, Executive Director for TEA of Utah, goes beyond the fear and the political maneuvering to discuss the core of what fairness means for our youth.

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TEA responds to Utah House Bill 302

Transgender Education Advocates of Utah is deeply concerned about Utah House Bill 302, which is sponsored by Rep. Kera Birkeland and bears the misleading and discriminatory title “Preserving Sports for Female Students.”

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'Now we can serve openly': Biden administration reverses trans military ban

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday to reverse a policy that prohibited transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Military. 

"Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride," President Biden tweeted. 


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Statement in response to Utah H.B. 92

Candice Metzler, Executive Director for Transgender Education Advocates of Utah, released the following statement in response to Utah House Bill 92, which is sponsored by Rep. Rex Shipp in the 2021 Utah Legislative Session:

"H.B. 92 demonstrates how power and authority can be used to stigmatize and degrade vulnerable groups of people. One only needs to examine the language in the bill to understand that it is about bias towards people whose gender identity and/or body do not conform to social expectations.
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2021 Community Needs Survey

Happy New Year from Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah! The new year brings renewed hope for positive change and a healthier and more prosperous future. We have seen what can happen when we work together to overcome great challenges, and we are excited about the opportunities for change that lie before us.
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Salt Lake City recognizes November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance

Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to recognize November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance. 



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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

More than 300 Trans Pride flags are on display at the Salt Lake City and County Building this week for Trans Awareness Week, and a virtual memorial is planned for Friday November 20 at 6 p.m.

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TEA of Utah on 2020 Presidential Election

"It has been a long four years for many Americans, including many transgender and gender diverse people. After years of being a target for numerous Trump administration policies, transgender and gender diverse people have new hope for positive change. 

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TEA of Utah statement on Supreme Court ruling in favor of workplace protections

"Today’s 6-3 Supreme Court decision will protect LGBTQ folks from discrimination in the workplace. Everyone deserves the right to pursue happiness and live authentically with dignity.

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