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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8/3/22  10:46 pm
Commenter: Mark Witzel / Fairfax County Public Schools

Discriminatory Language
I'm concerned about the concept of "acts" of "homosexuality" being specifically mentioned in
§ 18.2-390. Definitions.
3) "Sexual conduct" means actual or explicitly simulated acts of masturbation, homosexuality, sexual intercourse, or physical contact in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification with a person's clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks or, if such be female, breast. 

Could this be used to identify a homosexual relationship as an "act" that must be regarded as sexually explicit?  Why is homosexuality connected to a physical act?  Surely you can find better wording.  I'm pretty sure school systems already do all this and you're wasting paper, but at least try to make it non-discriminatory.

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