Virginia, in rule reversal, will not allow transgender children to change their name without parental consent

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R.) is overturning state policies on how transgender students are treated in schools.

The big picture: Republican-run states across the country have introduced laws targeting transgender youth. Virginia’s new guidelines, released Friday, put the state at the center of a national battle over how transgender youth should be treated in school, according to WaPo.

Details: With the new rules, the Virginia Department of Education seeks to reverse changes that went into effect last year that allowed students to use names, pronouns and toilets that matched their gender identity.

  • Under the 2021 rules, schools have also been encouraged to proceed on a case-by-case basis in deciding whether or not to share information with parents and legal guardians about their child’s gender identity.
  • “The 2021 model policies promoted a specific viewpoint aimed at achieving cultural and social transformation in schools,” the new guidelines say, adding that previous rules “disregarded parents’ rights and ignored others. legal and constitutional principles” that impact how schools educate students. .

What’s new: The new policies will require transgender students to use school facilities and programs that match the sex they were assigned at birth, rather than those that match their gender identity.

  • Students will not be able to change their name or pronoun at school without the consent of parents or legal guardians. They cannot change the legal name or gender on school documents until families submit legal documents to support the change.
  • And, even if parents or legal guardians request it in writing, schools cannot require staff to refer to transgender students by name or gender in a way that violates “rights protected by law.” Constitution” of staff members.

What they say: State Delegate Danica Roem alleged the guidelines violate the Virginia Human Rights Act, which protects individuals from unlawful discrimination, including on the basis of gender identity, in public places.

  • State Representative Abigail Spanberger said the plan targets LGBTQ children and it will weed out the children, “demand their identity not be respected and hurt them where they are meant to learn and thrive.”
  • “[” data-vars-click-url=”” data-vars-content-id=”decbf669-c19e-4378-bc36-1cd089de7e8c” data-vars-headline=”Virginia won’t allow transgender kids to change names without parental consent” data-vars-event-category=”story” data-vars-sub-category=”story” data-vars-item=”in_content_link” href=”” target=”_blank”>[[Le nouveau modèle de politique du gouverneur]calls for abuse and for children to be taken out of schools where they are supposed to be safe, ”said delegate Mike Mullin in a Tweeter. “Trans kids deserve to learn and thrive in an environment free from bullying, bullying and fear.”

And after: The new policies are expected to go into effect after a 30-day public comment period, according to the New York Post.

For memory: About 43% of the transgender population in the United States is between the ages of 13 and 24, according to a June report published by the UCLA Williams Institute.

Go further: Virginia Supreme Court sided with teacher who refused to use transgender students’ pronouns

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