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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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1/6/21  5:42 pm
Commenter: Jean and Franklin Debrot

Strongly oppose these proposed transgender policies

We recommend that those at VDOE who are considering policies for the treatment of transgender students should familiarize themselves with a book by Abigail Shrier entitled Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. Based on thousands of interviews she documents the epidemic of young teenage girls suddenly exhibiting "rapid onset gender dysphoria" following intense social media immersion or as part of a friend group with other members suddenly claiming to be transgender, without previous signs of gender confusion. "These are the same girls that would have been anorexic. They would have been bulimic. They are high anxiety, very precocious girls but they don't really fit in." Confused, lonely, misguided and vulnerable, they find that if they declare themselves to be transgender they see a big improvement in their social status. They are praised online, gain attention, new friends and their teachers hold them up as being courageous.  They can self-diagnose as transgender and get access through Planned Parenthood to testosterone. This begins a dangerous, life altering path.

This "craze" needs to be discouraged, not encouraged in the school system by making it "cool" to be transgender.

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