Loudoun Students Protest LGBTQ+ Treatment

By Nick Cheshire and Olivia Ausnehmer

On Tuesday night, around a dozen high school students gathered outside the School Board meeting to protest the treatment of LGBTQ+ students.

The students represent the Loudoun chapter of Pride Liberation Project and are fighting for correct pronoun usage, the opportunity to read books in school libraries that include LGBTQ+ conversations, and for students and teachers to treat them as equals at any school.

“I think it’s really important to support trans rights,” said 2022 John Champe graduate Miles Mclane. “I do not support the policy that Loudoun has had over the last few years. It has affected me as a trans student.”

With branches in both Loudoun and Fairfax, the student-run organization plans to continue advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, including expanding to neighboring school systems. They hope to influence legislation regarding LGBTQ+ issues.

“I want to do everything I can. I want to be loud and tell them that this is what we need to happen now,” Mclane said. “I can’t take any more complacency.”

5 thoughts on “Loudoun Students Protest LGBTQ+ Treatment

  • 2022-08-11 at 1:53 pm

    I hope the students realize many adults support them. In fact, a wonderful LCPS teacher spoke out on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights at Tuesday’s school-board meeting. She said: “It isn’t enough for students to know they belong in school because the Commonwealth mandates that they be educated. Each and every student must know they belong because they feel they belong. Each and every student in LCPS belongs and deserves the access to books that reflect their lives and their world. Protect Trans Kids! Black Lives Matter!”

  • 2022-08-11 at 2:29 pm

    Let’s open an “Academies for LGBTQ+” and any student that wants to can transfer to their own specially designated “safe space.”

  • 2022-08-12 at 3:43 pm

    How are LGBTQ+ not being treated like equals now? Exactly what rights are they demanding? What policy is discriminating against them? Apparently they want the right to read books that affirm LGBTQ+ lifestyle. Who or what is stopping them? Or is it that they want the “right” to have taxpayers buy these books for them?

    Also, what is the LCPS policy to which these students object? From the article, it is hard to understand in which way are they being discriminated against and what exactly will satisfy LGBTQ+ students in Loudoun County.

  • 2022-08-14 at 4:01 pm

    Equal rights only better is what they are after, charlatans!

  • 2022-08-23 at 9:13 pm

    Nick’s campaign is struggling because voters don’t want a 21-year-old who has never held a full-time job to be in charge of the multibillion dollar #LCPS budget.

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