Virginia students planning walkouts to protest Gov. Youngkin’s transgender policy changes


Students across the Commonwealth are planning to walk out of the classroom on Tuesday morning to protest Governor Glenn Youngkin’s transgender policy changes, NBC Washington reports.

The proposed restrictions were announced in mid-September and would require that students participate in school programming and use school facilities (e.g. bathrooms or locker rooms) that are consistent with their biological sex.

Under this policy, exceptions or modifications would only be made to the extent required under federal law.

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The policies also state that students who are minors would need to be referred to by the name and pronouns in their official records unless a parent says otherwise. So, with this new restriction, a transgender student’s gender would not be recognized if their parent has not requested it in writing.

NBC Washington says more than 90 schools and thousands of students are expected to take part in the protests, adding that it could be one of the largest organized student walkouts in recent memory.

You have until Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11:59 p.m. to weigh in on the new policies.

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