Transgender school policy ‘not controversial’

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin insisted Sunday that there is nothing “controversial” about the state’s new school policy requiring students to use bathrooms or play for sports teams that match their biological sex and not their gender identity.

“This is not controversial,” Youngkin, a Republican, continued CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He added that it’s a matter parents should decide for their children, at least when it comes to bathrooms, rather than a blanket policy decided by schools.

“I just think the idea that we want policies that cut parents out of their children’s lives is something that I’ve been working on since day one,” the governor said. “We campaigned on it. We empowered parents to make decisions about [COVID] masking in Virginia. We’ve empowered parents to make curriculum decisions that fit their families’ decisions.”

Youngkin, who made parental choice in schools a hallmark of his 2021 gubernatorial campaign, has rolled back how his Democratic predecessor treated transgender students.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin insisted Sunday that there is nothing "controversial" about the state's new school policy requiring students to use bathrooms or play for sports teams that match their biological sex.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin insisted Sunday that there is nothing “controversial” about the state’s new school policy requiring students to use bathrooms or play for sports teams that match their biological sex.
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Youngkin added that it's a question parents should decide for their children, at least when it comes to bathrooms.
Youngkin added that it’s a question parents should decide for their children, at least when it comes to bathrooms.
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The state’s new policy, enacted in late September, now generally requires students to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their biological sex.

“We had to right a wrong,” the governor said.

“The previous administration had had a policy that excluded parents and really didn’t particularly require the involvement of parents,” he said. ,

CNN host Jake Tapper asked if the policy excludes parents who support their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that matches their gender identity.
CNN host Jake Tapper asked if the policy excludes parents who support their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that matches their gender identity.
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Youngkin, who made parental choice in schools a hallmark of his 2021 gubernatorial campaign, has rolled back how his Democratic predecessor treated transgender students.
Youngkin, who made parental choice in schools a hallmark of his 2021 gubernatorial campaign, has rolled back how his Democratic predecessor treated transgender students.
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“Children do not belong to the state. They belong to families. And so, in these most important decisions, step one must be to engage the parents, not to the exclusion of a trusted teacher or a counselor, but to ensure that parents are involved in their children’s lives,” Youngkin said.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked if the policy excludes parents who support their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that matches their gender identity.

“If parents actually want their child to be able to change a pronoun or their name or use a bathroom if the parent chooses, then that’s legally what the schools will do,” Youngkin said.

“What we’re not saying is that there’s no accommodation. What we’re saying is that parents need to be engaged in that decision. And if a child and their parent, along with administrators and teachers, choose to have accommodations for them child, they will be granted,” Youngkin said. ,

But he said sports teams are another problem. ,

“I think it’s unfair for girls to let biological boys play sports with biological girls. There are sports with separate — with separate genders for those sports. And those sports should be honored that way,” he said.

“And there are sports where they are not separated, where both sexes can actually play at the same time. Again, there is a sensible approach here to this. And I think we have to respect girls here, too,” Youngkin said.

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