West High School students protest the Utah Legislature’s passage of HB11, which bans transgender girls from participating in female school sports, in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

As communities across the country debate the rights of transgender athletes, legal experts are divided over what the future will hold.

Some believe the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually strengthen protections for LGBTQ athletes, just as it did for LGBTQ workers two years ago. Others say the sports context raises unique legal questions, and that the 2020 ruling doesn’t really hold any clues.

“The Gorsuch majority opinion in (the 2020 transgender rights case) goes out of its way to say it only applies to employment discrimination,” wrote Ryan Anderson, president of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., in an email this week.

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