Educator Strongly Support
I strongly support The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia's Public Schools guidance because trans rights are human rights. As a school counselor, I have seen first-hand the detrimental effects of mistreatment and misgendering has on a trans student's mental health. There is not enough protection in our current education policies to protect trans students from discrimination from staff and their peers. Having these policies in place will ensure that our schools are more inclusive and providing safe learning environments for all students regardless of their gender identity.