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Release: Response to Governor Cox signing HB 261 and HB 257 attacking marginalized Utahns




(Salt Lake County, UT) - On January 30, 2024, Governor Cox signed two discriminatory bills attacking vulnerable communities in Utah. HB 257 bans transgender Utahns from using restrooms and changing facilities that align with their gender identity and HB 261 outlaws diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, hiring practices, and departments in Utah's public universities and governmental organizations.


Jade Velazquez, Chairman of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party had this to say about each bill: 


“We strongly condemn the passage of these two bills. HB 261 is an extreme Republican-led legislation that undermines the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that are crucial for fostering a fair and just society. This job-killing bill perpetuates divisiveness and hinders progress toward a more inclusive Utah. We stand firmly against discriminatory measures and will continue to advocate for policies that promote equality, understanding, and the shared values that make our community stronger.” 


“HB 257 not only discriminates against the transgender community but dangerously targets transgender children, who, according to the Trevor Project, 44% have seriously considered suicide in the past year and 31% have experienced sexual violence in the past year. This bill punches down on a community that needs more support, not restrictive access to public facilities. We stand committed to supporting legal actions against this discriminatory legislation and advocating for the rights and well-being of all individuals in our community."



For more information, please contact Nick Glenn at nick@slcountydems.com or 385-200-3868.

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