Virginia’s New Transgender Rules For Public Schools: Use Preferred Pronouns, Don’t Question Bathroom Choices

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Virginia’s Department of Education was required by law to create model policies for school boards regarding treatment of transgender students no later than December 31, 2020. The draft model policies are now public, and require schools to use students’ preferred pronouns and to allow students to use the bathroom of their choice without question. The document lists the names of the people who created it, along with their preferred pronouns, most of whom use the obvious pronouns associated with their name. The document also includes a glossary of terms, one of which is “sex assignment” which is defined as: “A label, generally ‘male’ or ‘female,’ that is typically assigned at birth on the basis of a cluster of physical and anatomical features.