With restrictions on bathrooms, sports teams and the recognition of preferred pronouns, the governor is cynically targeting students who already struggle with inordinately high suicide rates.
If Gov. Glenn Youngkin has his way, transgender students in Virginia will be forced to use bathrooms that don’t align with their gender identity. They will have to file legal documents if they want to change names or pronouns on school documents. Even if a student does provide name-change or pronoun-change documentation, teachers won’t be required to address the student by the new name or pronouns. And teachers might be required to out transgender students to their parents.