FAIR has submitted a public comment in support of Virginia’s 2022 Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia’s Public Schools, and we hope you will too.

Please see the end of this page to read our comment as well as a suggested comment you can use.

Several states and school districts have adopted policies directing or recommending that public schools conceal transgender students’ gender identity and gender transition from their own parents. Many states and districts have also implemented policies requiring students and teachers to use whatever pronouns others in the school demand. In contrast, the Virginia Department of Education recently proposed a model policy that takes the opposite approach. If adopted, the Virginia policy would require public schools to partner with parents if their child seeks to socially transition their gender and prohibit schools from concealing such information from parents. Additionally, the Virginia policy would prevent schools from compelling students to use the preferred pronouns of others or affirm gender-related ideological beliefs they may not share. At the same time, the policy would require public schools to ensure that transgender students are treated with respect, compassion, and dignity, and would require teachers to use a student’s preferred pronouns with their parents’ knowledge and approval. In so doing, Virginia’s proposed policy achieves a balance between respecting constitutional rights and the parent-school partnership, and creating respectful and inclusive environments for transgender students. 

FAIR has submitted a public comment expressing our support for Virginia’s model policy. We encourage you to submit your own comment in support as well. Click the button below to download suggested comments. 

We encourage our supporters to submit their own comments by the October 26th, 2022 deadline.

Submit a comment on the virginia.gov website

Below is text we have prepared that you can use in your own comment if you wish.  You may paste our comment directly, or modify it with your own thoughts on the issue.