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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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1/10/21  3:26 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

We Should Not Play Politics With the Serious Mental Illness of Gender Dysphoria

Until very recently, the scientific consensus was that gender dysphoria was a mental illness. Those who suffered from it were of course to be treated with compassion and understanding. But that didn't mean playing into the patient's disorder, i.e., telling a person with a man's organs that he was a female, and vice versa.

In the last several years a vocal political minority has pushed transgender riots as the "next frontier" of the civil rights movement, even though no meaningful scientific evidence has arisen to overturn the medical consensus on gender dysphoria. At a time where politics often times seems to trump objective scientific truth, I think it is paramount that our educational establishment hold the line. Children in particular are among the most vulnerable in our society. With that in mind, I believe it's imperative that the State of Virginia and its Department of Education:

1) Seek to treat children with the mental illness of gender dysphoria. 

2) Not confuse or traumatize young, impressionable children by normalizing transgender behavior with (i) multigender facilities (i.e., bathrooms, locker rooms) or (ii) pushing fringe third gender pronoun terminology.

3) Not force this latest fad of gender identity politics, which is not supported by the preponderance of current scientific evidence, on private educational institutions (e.g., private schools and religious schools) that do not share these views.

I am simply a concerned citizen who believes truth and the good of society, especially its youngest members, should be promoted above politics.

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