Strongly Support - We Need This
As a non-binary high school student, I'm unable to use restrooms at school because there aren't any easily accessible gender-neutral restrooms. Additionally, I love sports but can not participate because I don't feel comfortable on the girls nor boys teams. Gender-neutral athletic opportunities are strongly needed for students to feel included. Also, FLE courses need to include normalization and discussion of LGBTQIA+ individuals to help students feel like they belong. There is both subtle and overt discrimination for LGBTQIA+ students at school. For example, students laugh and make fun of a sign designed to promote positive LGBTQIA+ support. It's isolating when classmates are laughing at who you and your friends are. The VDOE Model Policies would make school safer and more inclusive for me and other LGBTQIA+ students.