- CNN anchor Jake Tapper suggested Sunday the Youngkin administration’s new model policy requiring parents to approve of their transgender child’s accommodations are “excluding parents” who supported the previous guidelines.
- The new policy in fact requires school districts to notify parents if their child wants to change their name, pronoun and use a bathroom aligning with their identity.
Tapper asked Youngkin whether he spoke with transgender students before implementing the policies, after citing a American Academy of Pediatrics study stating such policies can increase the risk of depression, anxiety and suicide among transgender youth.
- “Let me just back up,” the governor responded. “What we’re not saying is that there’s no accommodation. What we are saying is parents have to be engaged in that decision, and if a child and their parent, along with administrators and teachers, choose to have accommodations for that child, they’ll be granted. I would ask people to read the policies.”
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