Support for the Guidance Document
I support the right of every student to feel safe and represented in their learning environment. Part of a productive learning environment is the ability to feel safe and know that your rights are acknowledged and protected. Anyone who is against this on the grounds that "it's forcing different beliefs on my children" is incorrect and has clearly not read the purpose of the guidance document - it is to PREVENT DISCRIMINATION and I think we all know there is no good argument against that.
I am a cis-gender alumna of FCPS schools and I support the rights of the next generation of students to be represented and protected in an equitable manner that is recognized in official school R&R policy. We are not teaching or forcing any beliefs on students - simply preparing them for the real world which is diverse and full of people of all different identities. We are not teaching them what to believe in, simply that their beliefs can be practiced in a way that does not antagonize or minimize quality of life or learning for other students.
The US Constitution is very clear on one thing: we have the right to believe anything we want, and exercise those beliefs - AND, that our rights END wherein they infringe upon those of OTHERS. Essentially, if you "don't believe in" trans identity, you are entitled to that belief, however you are NOT entitled to harass or otherwise disrupt the learning experience of trans and non-binary students. Discrimination is unconstitutional, and I'm glad our state is making strides to stamp it out in our education system.