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Strongly oppose because in the words of Dr. Meg Meeker, pediatrician, “They [children] are young people with hearts, minds and souls. Every child deserves protection from trauma and humiliation. And every child can learn to be accepting and kind to those who are different. But to force “acceptance” on children when it means causing them to see very private genitalia of the opposite sex, questioning their own ability to believe what they see, and causing more suffering to already troubled children is fair to no one—except, perhaps, the adults who want to see their own agenda promoted.” Young children, especially, should not have to endure the confusion which arises from policies such as this. The authority and influence of parents should absolutely not be undercut by the educational system simply to promote political agendas. The Virginia Department of Education should be focused on the academic needs of our children only.