Transgender students sue Virginia, challenging school guidance

Two transgender students have sued the state of Virginia, alleging the state’s public school guidance violates a state Education Department law.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) issued the guidance last year, which requires that transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their sex assigned at birth and allows for teachers to not use preferred pronouns or names of students without the permission of their parents. The lawsuits suggest that the guidance goes against the 2020 law passed by then-Gov. Ralph Northam, which required the Education Department to enact policies that prevent discrimination and harassment of transgender students.

One lawsuit came from a York County high school student, who claimed a teacher did not refer to the student by preferred pronouns or the new name the student’s mother had provided in a form processed by
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