Last week, Governor Glen Youngkin approved an anti-trans model school board policy that bans trans people from bathrooms, forcibly outs them. Arlington Public Schools announced it will not comply.
Thank you for writing about the horrible “model policies” and highlighting the statement of our Arlington school superintendent. Many local advocates have been working with Arlington Public Schools for several years to make the school system more affirming and welcoming to transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive students. We are very pleased with the superintendent’s strong letter of support, and yet we’re heartbroken for students in less affirming school districts. Thank you for all your work, Erin!!
While Doctors are using decades of scientific research to keep children happy and healthy, Republican politicians are doing everything they can to cause children to end their own lives.
What a lovely sentence: "No." I love that it is expressing the underlying needs of choice, autonomy, and contribution.
The model policies are a massive step backwards, and parents were not listened to when it was determined to move forward with them. I am hoping that Fairfax County, where I live and my trans child goes to school, follows Arlington County in rejecting the implementation of these inhumane and very uncaring policies.
I’m really glad to hear that Arlington public schools are resisting these very cruel policies. Trans kids need more people everywhere to stand up for them!
Gotta love this! This school taking and making the time, and effort to school those nasty legislators. We celebrate every positive move forward. In the meantime, please stay as safe, and healthy as possible. Sending lots of Love from London, Ontario, Canada.
This is what I’ve been saying for ages! More local governments and organizations need to just outright refuse to enforce, and actively resist, these outrageous and anti humanitarian legislations and mandates.
I think non-compliance to these anti-trans laws states are enacting is a great start! Hopefully more organizations in moral states will join!
Youngkin has not delivered on himself - being a bipartisan or otherwise centrist governor. This is a move by the right in VA to say that they don't have to be as up to date as the kids they purport to serve, as school administrators, they can misgender which bathroom a student uses, when unisex isn't an option. This is a really "punch in the face" kind of rule, for the governor to sign off on.
As a Virginia resident, I was horrified to see the model policies Governor Youngkin rolled out. They are hateful and heinously discriminatory in the worst way. I'm thrilled to see that Arlington County Schools refuses to adopt them. As a Fairfax County resident, I will contact the administration of our school district to strongly advise them to keep using non-discriminatory policies. We can't let Youngkin's radical agenda - and that of his party - control what happens to kids. It's not right. It's not just. Thank you for bringing us this critical reporting!
We need more school districts to stand up against the bullying and harassment that the christofascist regime is attempting to impose upon secular schools. Following the imposed policies results in kids being forced to bully and abuse their own friends and be chastised for not being enough of a threat and bully for their religious views and preferences. Stand up against bullying and harassment of children
Living in a safe star (Colorado) only to have a local charter school pass a resolution with very similar positions.