Virginia NAACP Opposes Governor Youngkin and the Virginia Department of Education’s Anti-Transgender Policies

The Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) strongly opposes Governor Youngkin and the Virginia Department of Education’s “2022 Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and parents in Virginia’s Public Schools”.  The proposed Department of Education’s 2022 Model Policies violate state and federal law, are discriminatory, are arbitrary and capricious, and are likely to hurt children; the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP must oppose them.

Virginia President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement:

A student’s first amendment right does not end at the schoolhouse door. It is our goal to ensure that all students are respected, and cared for and that their well-being is at the forefront of their safety.”

The Virginia NAACP will continue to advocate for the highest standards of learning, safety, and equity.

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To read the full public comments, please click here

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Chartered in 1935, the NAACP Virginia State Conference (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth. The Virginia NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for civil rights due to Black Virginians. Representing over 100 NAACP adult branches, youth councils, and college chapters, together, we fight to build the social and political power required to abolish racial discrimination in localities throughout Virginia. To learn more about the work of the Virginia NAACP and the issues we advocate for, visit

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