I just wanted to attend school
As a recent graduate of a VA high school, I fully support this document. I was lucky enough to attend a relatively accepting school, but I still attended every day in fear of discrimination. I stopped playing soccer, something I had done for 13 years, because I would have to petition the VHSL to even let me play on either team. I paid extra money to take gym online because of the intense amount of anxiety that surrounded locker room situations. I almost ran down hallways to the other side of the school every time I had to use the restroom so that I could use the only single stall bathroom. I lived in fear and anxiety. Sometimes it feels like I didn’t even attend high school or graduate at all. My transcripts and other documents that were sent to colleges had only my legal name in them. I had to petition my counseling office to even let me graduate under anything other than my legal name and then, when the ceremony fell to administration after the virus, I was deadnamed at my own graduation. I want for transgender students in Virginia to not have to face the anxiety and disappointment I did during the years I was out as transgender at school.