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Citizen Action Brings School Board Transgender Train to a Halt


When the Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools (FCPS) added gender identity to their non-discrimination policy last year — over the protest of hundreds of outraged parents and other citizens — they insisted the change meant nothing in particular with respect to bathroom or locker room assignments.

This year, the (shower) curtain was pulled back on that lie when a new policy on “Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Students” was proposed to the School Board—a policy that would guarantee the right of male students who identify as transgendered to use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and showers throughout the school system.

The School Board made plans to discuss and possibly approve this proposal (without allowing public comment) on Thursday. FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg was among numerous national experts who wrote to FCPS Superintendent Karen Garza and the School Board explaining why the proposal — largely in line with recent “guidance” offered by the Obama administration — should be rejected.

The effort to silence the voice of the public could not stifle the people’s outrage, and the Board has now postponed Thursday’s “work session” on the policy, noting legal uncertainty over the issue.

This is a huge (if temporary) victory for concerned parents and citizens in the country’s tenth-largest school district, just outside Washington, D.C. It should encourage pro-family citizens around the country to realize that your voice can still make a difference.


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