I fully support the document entitled "Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students." I hope the decision-makers understand that these are real children, actual students, and denying their existence (as some other commenters have done) is asinine. I am a pediatric physician and also parent to 3 VA public school students. I feel that any transgender student has the same right as my cis-gendered children to feel safe, valued, and protected at school. I have witnessed the mental health crises that arise when a transgender child is bullied and denied basic rights. This policy aims to create a learning environment that will protect those who are the most vulnerable in terms of depression and suicidal ideation (for sobering scientific facts about this truth, here is a great resource: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/LGBTQ_MentalHealth_OnePager.pdf). I entrust these decisions to be made by the experts who wrote this policy - psychologists, school counselors, lifelong educators, healthcare providers - and not random people driven by religious zealotry and fear who have made comments opposing this policy. I am also Christian and I know of many religious and spiritual people who believe in tolerance and the value of all humans, including transgender students. Thank you for reading my comment.