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Guidance Document Change: The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools guidance document was developed in response to House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161, enacted by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, which directed the Virginia Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools. These guidelines address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to: compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; maintenance of student records; identification of students; protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and use of school facilities.
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2/3/21  1:07 pm
Commenter: Jared M.


I am a 22 year old trans man currently completing my final semester at VCU. I began my transition from female to male at 16, but did not begin HRT until age 18. Because of the policies in place when I attended high school (Class of ‘17) I was unable to use the boys’ bathroom for an entire two years, which resulted in me not using the restroom for over 8 hours a day 5 days a week. 

In health class, there was never any guidance on the health of trans bodies, which resulted in me having to find all of my information about gender dysphoria, trans mental health, etc. all online, which gave me some accurate information but a lot of false information as well.

It is 2021. It is time that trans people and especially trans children are given access to the necessary care they deserve to be able to live happy and successful lives just like their cis-gender counterparts. There has been evidence of transgender and gender variant people for centuries and it is unjust to attempt to completely invalidate our exisitence. We owe it to our virginia students to pass this bill and improve their elementary and secondary school experiences.

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