The policy proposed to replace the Model Policies for the
Treatment of Transgender Students
in Virginia’s Public Schools is nothing short of Orwellian. Proponents of the proposed policy are riding the ridiculous wave of hatred for the 'other' to politicize children's lives and experiences.
I am a graduate of Fairfax County Public Schools and can testify to the urgent need to not only RETAIN the current policy -- which is one based upon respect and dignity -- but to continue build upon it; NOT to tear it down and replace it with politically motivated intolerance based in hate.
The proposed policy talks about parents rights and the rights of other children in relation to each individual child. If a child has gender dysphoria or desires to choose their own gender assignment, other children and other parents and school administrators are tangential and have no business in the matter.
The proposed document opens by declaring respect for parents beliefs and cultures, and their paramount importance. A lot of parents believe sincerely in child abuse, too -- physical. There are also parents who practice covert and overt sexual abuse of children. Are these -- child abuses -- to be accorded "respect" by the Commonwealth of Virginia because of parents sincere beliefs such acts are within their rights as parents? Utter nonsense. Parents give birth: they do not OWN their children as chattel.
The 2021 document is the far superior of the two. The proposed replacement is appalling. As a resident of the Commonwealth I strongly oppose the proposed replacement.