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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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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