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2022 Virginia Legislation

SB20

Patron: Travis Hackworth (R-SD38)

Treatment of transgender students; model policies.

Eliminates the requirement that each school board adopt policies that are consistent with the model policies developed by the Department of Education concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools.

Bill status

updated 1/26/22
House Senate Governor
Sub
01/25/22 Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education

Talking Points

  • Learning environments that allow discrimination, harassment, and bullying, have negative effects on student health and education.
  • The CDC reported that 30% of trans students reported feeling unsafe going to or in school ans 24% of transgender students were threatened or injured by a weapon while at school compared to 4-6% of non-transgender students.
  • In 2021, a national survey found that 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18 attempted suicide in the past year.
  • This high suicide rate among LGBTQ+ youth is largely attributed to the effects of "minority stress."

    Background

    In 2020 a Virginia bill was signed into law that requires school districts to provide a number of protections to transgender students. SB20 removes those protections.

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