Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  10:52 pm
Commenter: Rebecca Shepard

Oppose Transgenderism being Pushed - Respect children please

We learned decades ago from the feminist movement that children do not have to play with gender sterotypical toys.  Now at this point, if a boy plays with "girl" toys or the reverse, that child is at risk for being pushed into transgenderism. We need to listen to the voices of those who have chosen to detransition.  They are telling us of their regrets.  One woman with a deep voice (from the hormones meds I am assuming) stated how her body dysmophia changed toward a positive outlook once she started running not with living a trans life.  I have attended a Planned Parenthood training.  I have spoken to high school students on STDs, and sexuality. We are doing them a disservice by encouraging them to be intolerant of each person that will not change pronouns at their whim.  And we have not long lasting research on what happens as older adults when they were put on hormone suspenders early in life.  When we push transgenderism, we increased the pressure students internalize as we tell them not to embrace the gender of their body and we encourage body dysmophia.  Listen to the voices of those who have detransitioned and wish that adults would not celebrate their coming gender bending but would have encouraged gender embracement.  We know that one out of 8 women has breast cancer.  Many of these breast cancers are estrogen driven.  What hormone related cancers are we exposing our children to? 



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