Youngkin to Roll Back Protections for Transgender Students

A year after adopting a controversial, state-mandated policy for transgender students, the Loudoun County School Board will soon be required to reverse it as part of another state mandate.

On Friday, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration announced new model polices on the Privacy, Dignity and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia’s Public Schools. The new policies roll back health and safety protections for transgender students mandated by the General Assembly in 2020 and established in model polices in 2021 and give parents more control. 

The state Department of Education’s 2021 model polices guided schools to “consider the health and safety of the student in situations where students may not want their parents to know about their gender identity,” and guided schools to address it on a case-by-case basis.  They also directed staff to “work with students to help them share the information with their family when they are ready to do so.” The Youngkin administration’s new policy directs that only parents may decide what names or pronouns the school staff may use for children at school, and that parents should be involved in deciding whether their child “engages in any counseling or social transition at school that encourages a gender that differs from their child’s sex, or whether their child expresses a gender that differs with their child’s sex while at school.”

The new policies also direct schools to try to accommodate students’ distinctive needs such as those whose gender identity differs from what they were assigned at birth, by working with parents to identify those needs and meeting them with facilities like single user bathrooms. The previous policies stated school divisions should get rid of gender-based practices in all areas including bathrooms, locker rooms, sports and other activities to avoid excluding, stigmatizing or marginalizing students.

According to the Virginia Department of Education’s website, the new model polices “support positive and safe learning environments for all students while respecting the rights and values of parents.”

Under a 2020 state law, the model policies are subject to a 30-day period of public comment, after which local school boards must adopt local policies consistent with the model policies. Public comment will open Sept. 26. Read the full policies and offer comment here.

In a statement Saturday, Loudoun4All, a PAC nonprofit that champions equity for all wrote the administration “claims that all children must be respected but fails to outline what that actually means for transgender children.”

“While the legality of this policy is in question, it raises concerns for what it will mean for transgender students in Virginia and continues Gov. Youngkin’s attack on LGTBQ+ school children and their families,” wrote Loudoun4All in a statement Saturday. “We call for elected leaders to call out the hate and ensure all students in VA are treated with respect.”

Meanwhile, political action committee Fight for Schools, which has fought against those protections, celebrated the new policies, while Loudoun Democrats decried them.

“The Virginia Department of Education’s new model policy restores parental rights, protects the First Amendment rights of teachers and students, while also providing all students the right to attend school in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, or bullying,” stated Fight for Schools Chair Ian Prior. He described the existing protections as “radical” and told the school board to “get to work” adopting the new policies.

And Loudoun County Democratic Committee Chair Lissa Savaglio said in a press release “a child working through transgender questions shouldn’t be the subject of public policy. A person’s gender identity has no bearing on the larger community or public safety. These young people should enjoy a zone of personal privacy; government should steer clear.” Savaglio went on to say the policies are “seeking to erase the identities of transgender youth solely because Youngkin and his fellow right-wing zealots refuse to believe facts documented by scientific evidence.”

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) joined the press release from the county Democratic committee.

“This is a vile and disgusting attack on vulnerable trans kids,” she stated. “Bullying children to score cheap political points is despicable. The Governor should be ashamed.”

22 thoughts on “Youngkin to Roll Back Protections for Transgender Students

  • 2022-09-19 at 4:19 pm
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    Youngkin needs to stay in his lane. For example, he needs to respect the 2020 Fourth Circuit ruling that mandates Trans-inclusive restrooms. Who is Youngkin to think he can override that mandate? He was elected as Governor, not as King. I can’t wait until the end of his term arrives — January 17, 2026. Meanwhile, Fasten Your Seat Belts!

    • 2022-09-20 at 5:47 pm
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      But yet you were fine when Governor Northam did exactly the same thing by imposing his idiocies on the school districts…

      Here’s a hint: The entire Commonwealth of Virginia *IS* his lane.

  • 2022-09-19 at 4:20 pm
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    Absolutely no bias in this story. None at all. Not a scintilla of bias.

    Reality trumps insane ideology and affirms the parent’s rights to raise and guide their children free of indoctrination from teachers and school board ideologues.

  • 2022-09-19 at 4:46 pm
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    And Loudoun County Democratic Committee Chair Lissa Savaglio said in a press release “a child working through transgender questions shouldn’t be the subject of public policy. A person’s gender identity has no bearing on the larger community or public safety. These young people should enjoy a zone of personal privacy; government should steer clear.”

    Of course it has bearing on the larger community or public safety. Parents don’t want a biological male having access to the girl’s locker room or bathrooms just because he is riding a social fad in identifying as a female. And vice versa. It raises safety concerns, as well as, privacy concerns. If a child really believes that he or she is the opposite sex, why is the burden on teachers/staff to accommodate? Why should a teacher be forced to call someone as the opposite sex when that is scientifically false? Why should they be forced to call them by a never ending list of pronouns based on that child’s mood for the day? It’s getting out of control. Most of these kids are doing this because it’s a fad. Very very small amount of kids actually feel this way, and if that is the case, should obtain multiple psychological doctor concurrence, as well as, the parents, before taxpayer resources and dollars are spent in trying to accomodate.

  • 2022-09-19 at 5:45 pm
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    “Youngkin Restores Common Sense to Public Schools”

  • 2022-09-19 at 8:59 pm
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    Glad to see that parents rights are being protected by Republicans. This policy cancels the one Gov Northam proclaimed six months before the end of his term. Teachers can’t encourage gender dysphoria unbeknownst to parents. A return to sanity.

  • 2022-09-20 at 1:19 am
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    Picking on a tiny minority of vulnerable transgender children for political gain. Do these “Save Our Schools” people realize they are fascist? Do they care?

    I think they do, and they don’t.

    • 2022-09-20 at 9:55 am
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      Obviously keeping boys out of the girls’ bathrooms is “fascism.”
      Up next, why transporting illegal immigrants to a resort island is exactly like the Holocaust.

      Good grief.

    • 2022-09-20 at 12:57 pm
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      Self-awareness had never been a trait of the lunatic left.
      Government schools Indoctrinating kids on sexuality against the will of their parents is fascist.
      Government schools Forcing students, teachers, administrators and parents to use government specified language is fascist.
      Government usurping parents rights to oversee and guide their children’s education is fascist .
      Thank you governor for reversing the authoritarian dictates of the Northam administration.

    • 2022-09-20 at 11:15 am
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      Such a snug, warm feeling to know that we can go back to treating transgender people as defectives.

  • 2022-09-20 at 10:06 am
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    Of course Wexton is totally against parents having authority over their children. She’s been a ring leader in this creepy sexualization of our kids from the beginning.

    Wexton’s policies are a threat to the parent-child bond. Leftists always, always, go after the kids.

  • 2022-09-20 at 1:46 pm
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    When we give away freedom, we give our rights to someone else. Let’s /say/ we agree with the policies ‘today,’…but then things change, the ‘other team’ comes into power and changes things up again…once that freedom/power is given away, it cannot easily be regained.

    From those who fought to create this unique country, based on freedom:

    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both…He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither – Benjamin Franklin

    He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them – Thomas Jefferson

    • 2022-09-21 at 8:50 am
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      Kinda like the liberal COVID policies that closed schools, forced masks, forced vaccines, forced businesses to shut all in the name of safety….

  • 2022-09-20 at 1:47 pm
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    What about Women’s Rights?! They have been stomped upon.

    Oh, wait, did you think I was going to talk about abortion? …No… Women fought long and hard to be able to, “…play sports and other activities.”

    I have three daughters who want to be able to play sports against people with whom they are equal.

    I have two sons who would never want to trounce a girl in a match, to “win.” So – where is the HATE in that?

    The fascists are the ones talking up the hate mantra. If you actually talk to these kids, there is ZERO hate. *THEY* understand – they don’t care that Adrian is now Adrienne. They applaud her, and support her. They are being /told/ they hate, yet they don’t!

    There remain readily available options for all. This generation of kids is one of the most accepting generations in our nation’s history. I applaud the kids – they don’t hate, they’re very accepting, and they expect to be kept safe both on the field, and in the restroom. While Adrienne can use the restroom – what about the pervert who wears a skirt just to be able to come in and rape a girl? Right? We’re all familiar with that story.

  • 2022-09-20 at 4:01 pm
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    And Loudoun County Democratic Committee Chair Lissa Savaglio said in a press release “a child working through transgender questions shouldn’t be the subject of public policy. A person’s gender identity has no bearing on the larger community or public safety. These young people should enjoy a zone of personal privacy; government should steer clear.”

    Was Northam’s previous policy not government involvement? Are school districts, the boards and teachers not government entities/employees? Or is she only referring to government policies and employees she does not agree with?

  • 2022-09-20 at 8:07 pm
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    What a disgrace this clown governor is. I am in Europe this week and his stupid words are all over the media! They are also talking about his hypocrisy of running trying to dodge his love of Trump, then he wins the election and now is in lock step with Trump and his legion of goons. I heard on German TV that Younkin is now going to Arizona to campaign for Lake, someone who actually said she would not have validated the 2020 election results from Arizona. This is the face of Virginia from Europe, and it is not a good one! Thanks, Younkin for making me embarrassed to be from Virginia. Why don’t you take your silly vests and just go away. HINT: A grown man looks silly in a fleece vest! We already feel fleeced by you, don’t rub it in.

    • 2022-09-21 at 11:20 am
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      Europe??? Europe is about to experience a winter from the dark ages because of stupendously idiotic policies! Why would any sane individual care what is being said in Europe???!!!

      • 2022-09-22 at 5:53 pm
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        Exactly my sentiments! People in Poland are lining up to buy coal. Germans are cutting down trees because there’s no firewood to purchase. Their “green” energy is going to cost them dearly this winter. And now I’m supposed to care that a few smug Europeans think Virginia parents are “stupid” because we don’t want the government coming between us and our children? THANK YOU, Governor Youngkin for telling government to stay in its lane.

    • 2022-09-21 at 1:22 pm
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      As if the European media cares about a U.S. state governor and his state policies. Laughable.

  • 2022-09-21 at 2:54 pm
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    Top 3 governors in the USA, Abbot, DeSantis, Youngkin in no particular order!

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