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Virginia Overhauls Transgender Student Policies on Pronouns, Bathrooms, and Sports

by Terri Wu


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.—Virginia took a sharp turn on transgender student policies with a new policy released on Friday.

According to the new policy, public schools cannot affirm a student’s gender without parents’ written requests. In addition, bathroom and locker room use shall be based on students’ sex, defined as the biological sex at birth. Student sports participation should be sex-based as well unless federal laws require otherwise.

The new transgender student policy is a complete reversal of the current one, which defines transgender as a student’s “self-identifying term.” The current policy, effective in March 2021 under the former Democrat governor, asks schools to consider not disclosing a student’s gender identity to the parents “if a student is not ready or able to safely share” it with their family…


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