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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  12:39 pm
Commenter: Madeline Emmert

STRONGLY SUPPORT. Trans kids always have and always will exist.

The provably variable nature of sex chromosomes, gonads, genitalia, and secondary sexual characteristics clearly indicates that gender is neither fixed nor binary. This is a biological fact backed up by vast amounts of scientific research. Transgender people always have and always will exist; schools can either protect their trans students from those who would deny their very existences, or they can be a force for the destruction of trans lives. I mean that entirely literally, given that trans students--particularly trans students of color--have verifiably higher rates of self harm and suicide than any other group. Transphobia, whether it is overt or the passive refusal to acknowledge the trans individual, has dire consequences for its victims. Please consider that trans children will not go away, but with progress in normalizing the protection of their physical and emotional well-being, transphobia very well could.

The feelings of those who have chosen to use religion to excuse their own discomfort with the fluidity of gender simply cannot take priority over the health of trans students. Gender affirmation doesn't just feel good--it saves lives.

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