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Guidance Document Change: The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools guidance document was developed in response to House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161, enacted by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, which directed the Virginia Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools. These guidelines address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to: compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; maintenance of student records; identification of students; protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and use of school facilities.
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2/3/21  11:10 am
Commenter: Brooke Cooper

I fully support the proposed protections for trans and non-binary students.

Supporting the equal rights and equal protections of young transgender Virginians (transgender includes binary and non-binary trans people) is imperative.  Trans youth don't deserve to be bullied or threatened just because of who they are.  They don't deserve to be assaulted or killed just because of who they are.  Their murderers shouldn't have the right to be shielded by hateful trans panic criminal defenses in court.  They don't deserve the indignity or public humiliation of being dead-named or misgendered by administrators, teachers or other students.  They don't deserve be excluded from gender-segregated spaces because of the sex they were assigned at birth.  Or barred from using the bathrooms or locker rooms that align with their brain gender.  They don't deserve to be denied social transition when they are pre-pubescent.  They don't deserve to be denied hormone blockers to avoid unwanted puberties when as they enter the age of puberty.  And they should be allowed transition hormones when they are fully secure in and confident of their brain gender, which often is well before they hit age 18.  I am sick of the anti-trans commenters who have peddled harmful myths and twisted exceptions as the mainstream, going so far as to deny trans people's very existence.  Lastly, extremist religious views, wrapped in the warped veil of "religious freedom," should never entitle anyone the right to harm transgender people like me, especially the most vulnerable -- transgender youth.  Ever.  Please, please, please, pass these proposed protections for trans and non-binary students.

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