I strongly support this model policy for the treatment of transgender and non-binary youth in public schools.
As a 64 year old gay man, many people did not understand me when I was young. My sexual orientation scared many people. Discrimination and bullying at school, by adults and peers, was common.
Today, it is transgender youth who are misunderstood, bullied and irrationally feared. Public schools across Virginia must be held to this minimum standard to ensure that transgender youth are afforded the same opportunity as any young person to a safe and supportive school environment.
Thanks to the Virginia General Assembly and to VDOE for developing such a comprehensive and sensitive model policy.