Just as we warned prior to the November 5 election, we needed to elect conservative delegates and senators to Richmond (see General Assembly) to stem the tide of transgenderism in our schools. Unfortunately, that did not occur in all counties and districts.
Now that Richmond has begun a new cycle of work, one of the first pieces of legislation to be introduced by Jennifer Boysko (D-33) is SB 161. It requires the Virginia Department of Education to develop model policies for managing transgender students who will attend Virginia schools. Requirements for the policies include that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex.
In case you have not seen the news articles about that sort of policy’s implementation in District 211 in Illinois, a student named Nova Maday, a biological male who identifies as transgender, won a lawsuit he filed in 2017. (see WALSH: Female Student Breaks Down In Tears As School Board Grants Boys Access To Girls Locker Room. This Is Simply Evil and WALSH: A School Allows Boys Into The Girls Room. Parents Object But Still Send Their Kids To Class. This Is The Problem (dailywire.com)) Palatine High School allowed young men like himself to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. However, the school tried to compromise by setting aside a separate place in those rooms for transgender students. Maday sued to be allowed to use the same areas that girls use and won his case in November.
As a result, girls now must tolerate having biological males see them in all states of undress. One girl in tears said she’s a swimmer and has to change naked in front of other students in the locker room. While she is sympathetic toward Maday and other transgender kids, she believes she also ought to be accommodated with privacy. Not so, according to the policy.
If bill SB 161 is enacted, the same sort of situation potentially will exist in every school district in Virginia. The Family Foundation in Richmond will continue its fight to stop or amend this bill from becoming a law. It threatens student privacy and safety, parental authority, religious liberty and cultural sanity (VAFAMILY@FAMILYFOUNDATION.ORG, January 10, 2020).
You can do two things to block this legislation:
- Pray, and pray in earnest!
- Contact your respective delegate and senator and voice your concern, asking that they not support the legislation (see Who’s My Legislator?).
— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance