Enumerated Categories in Law

Enumeration is especially important to protect LGBTQ students, as research has demonstrated that non-enumerated policies are no more effective to protect vulnerable students than having no policy in place. State laws are only indicated by this item if they provide protection based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

Utah still needs this protection

Enumerated Model Policy

The second item indicates model policies and guidance documents, generally created by the state Department of Education, they enumerate sexual orientation and gender identity.

Utah has this protection in statute

Alternative Discipline

The “Alternative Discipline” item indicates state laws that specifically include language that supports alternative forms of discipline that focus on education, remediation, prevention, and providing support for the target of bullying, rather than exclusionary discipline, criminalization, or “zero tolerance” policies for bullying and harassment.

Utah has this protection in statute

Cyberbullying

Finally, the “Cyberbullying” item indicates that the state’s anti-bullying law covers incidents of bullying and harassment that occur electronically, through the internet or another medium. States and individual school districts vary widely on the degree to which anti-cyberbullying enforcement extends beyond the walls of the school. This category does not assess these distinctions, simply whether the law addresses bullying and harassment through electronic means.

Utah does have this protection

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School Suicide Prevention Policies Required

This item indicates state laws that require public school districts to have policies that focus on suicide prevention and intervention.

Utah has this protection in statute

Transgender Inclusion in Sports

This item indicates either legislation, regulations from the state Department of Education, or authoritative guidance from the state organization that regulates intramural secondary school sports allowing transgender students reasonable opportunity and access to participate in school sports.

Utah has this protection in statute

Protection from Conversion Therapy

This item indicates laws designed to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy through licensing restrictions that prevent licensed mental health service professionals from conducting conversion therapy on youth under age 18.

Utah has this protection in statute

Laws to Address LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

This item indicates state laws that specifically address homelessness among LGBTQ youth. For example, requiring homeless youth services providers to have non-discrimination policies in place, adequate cultural competency training, enhanced data collection to better understand disparities among this vunerable population, and ensure homeless transgender you are able to receive appropriate services based on their gender identity and expression.

Utah still needs this protection

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

This item indicates the presence of sexual orientation or gender identity-related survey questions on national health data collections that are administered by the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts two federal health data surveys in the majority of states: the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) among adults and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) among secondary-school aged youth. Only LGBTQ-related optional questions adopted by the CDC are counted for this measure.

While there are many other forms of both state and federal data collection, this measure looks at only these two specific surveys, as they are prominent health surveys and they include optional questions pertaining to LGBTQ populations. Note that not every state administers the YRBSS, and states that do not are indicated with an “N/A.”

Utah has this protection in statute

LGBTQ Inclusive Sex Education Laws

This item indicates state law or regulatory guidance that requires any sexual health education provided to students to be specifically inclusive of LGBTQ youth.

Utah still needs this protection

LGBTQ Inclusive Juvenile Justice Policies

This item indicates state laws, regulations, or policies designed to protect LGBTQ youth in juvenile justice settings from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Utah has this protection in statute

Repealed Laws that Restrict Inclusion of LGBTQ Topics in Schools

This item indicates state laws that prohibit educators from discussing LGBTQ topics in schools or that require that any discussion of LGBTQ topics in schools be presented in a negative way. While these laws generally pertain only to sexual health education, they are frequently interpreted in a broader way by school districts. In some states these laws are not operative, but because of the negative impact they can have on LGBTQ youth, even if they are not officially enforced, they are still noted as present.

Utah does not have this negative law/policy

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Youth Laws

The data and definitions below have been pulled from the State Equality Index and compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute.

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Policy or statute in place

Equality in practice - no statute

Work we still need to do

Negative law to be repealed

Where LGBTQ Utahns are treated equal

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School Suicide Prevention Policies Required

Transgender Inclusion in Sports

Protection from Conversion Therapy

LGBTQ Inclusive Juvenile Justice Policies

Repealed Laws that Restrict Inclusion of LGBTQ Topics in Schools

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Anti-Bullying Laws

Enumerated Model Policy

Alternative Discipline

Cyberbullying

Where there is still work to do

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LGBTQ Inclusive Sex Education Laws

Laws to Address LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

Anti-Bullying Laws

Enumerated Categories in Law

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