Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/30/22  6:25 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Dangerous Wording in Model Policies

I oppose this policy. "Sexually explicit content" is a vague, variable term on its own, but the way it is defined as it is in this policy (Subsection 3 of Virginia code 18.2-390) ensures it includes homosexuality. This definition has the potential to censor all discussion of LGBTQ+ topics in Virginia schools, an action which would harm every Virginian student, especially those who identify as LGBTQ+. To support this policy would demonstrate explicit discrimination of LGBTQ+ students. LGBTQ+ topics are not inherently sexually explicit, and are essential for every student to learn about.

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