I strongly support this document and the guidance it contains on creating inclusive and equitable environments for transgender youth. These measures will go a long way in supporting transgender students in Virginia schools, allowing them to pursue their education in schools that affirm their identity and don't harm their mental health. As the document points out, there are serious consequences such as increased rates of depression, suicide, and anxiety for transgender youth who are not supported. I have personal experience with this, as my sibling is transgender and did not feel that they could come out in high school and were very depressed.
Additionally, I urge that the Department of Education work with VHSL and other athletics organizations to allows transgender students to participate in the athletics programs that align with their gender. I also support the inclusion of information about all kinds of gender and sexuality throughout the curriculum, including Family Life Education.