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  9:05 pm
Commenter: E. King

Keep your homophobia off my books.

As a Virginia mother and a bisexual woman, I am very opposed to this policy. Being queer does not make a person a deviant or criminal, and I don’t approve of the state intervening to portray them as such. Additionally, media is not inherently pornographic because the characters portrayed within it happen to be queer. There is a lot of media out their with queer characters who never so much as hold hands. Queer does not necessarily mean sexual. This policy contributes to the homophobia and transphobia that harm the LGBTQ+ community. If individual parents do not want their children to read queer literature, they can have the conversation with their children about why and handle it within their own family. It is not the place of the government, at any level, to control what books and media individuals consume.

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