Behind the Headlines

Shelter angst, transgender sports, ballet dispute and COVID boosters

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ballet dancers attend class at the Alice Sheets Marriott Center for Dance at the University of Utah on Monday, Nov. 9, 2021.Alumni from the University of Utah School of Dance, have collected letters calling out the school’s “authoritarian” attitude, and problems with body shaming, racial biases, unfair grading and casting, among others.

A “frustrated” Salt Lake City Council authorizes a winter overflow shelter for the homeless at a location on the west side. A legislative proposal seeks to require transgender girls to change their birth certificates before joining female high school sports. The University of Utah’s ballet program vows reform after former students describe body shaming, racist comments and intimidation. And Utah expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults.

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