If you’re worried your rights have been violated or would like to connect with student advocates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. While we cannot provide legal advice, we likely can connect you with additional resources and contacts who may be able to support you.
Unfortunately, the current political environment constantly attacks LGBTQIA+ rights. As such, it is possible that the information on this page is not fully up to date, particularly if you are a student outside of Fairfax County.
In Fairfax County, students are afforded some of the most comprehensive protections for LGBTQIA+ students in Virginia. The county’s website link on LGBTQIA+ rights is available here: fcps.edu/lgbtqia.
FCPS LGBTQIA+ students are entitled to the following protections. Please note this is not a comprehensive list:
If you’re an FCPS student, we encourage you to check out Regulation 2603 and Regulation 1450. If your rights have been violated, we encourage you to reach out to the Pride Liberation Project at email@example.com. While we cannot provide legal advice, we can assist with providing advocacy support, such as contacting appropriate administrators to report incidents, identifying relevant rights, and facilitating connections with more experienced movement leaders.
If you are not a FCPS student but a Virginia student, you should also be entitled to most of the rights outlined above because of the model transgender policies. The model transgender policies are a set of minimum requirements set by the Virginia Department of Education that every school district is required to follow. Unfortunately, many school districts in Virginia have declined to implement these regulations and the Department of Education has indicated that it will not enforce these policies. Nonetheless, if your school district has implemented model transgender policies, your school district should:
Sports in Virginia are governed by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). According to the VHSL, transgender athletes are eligible to participate in a sport that alligns with their gender identity should they meet any of the following requirements. More information is available on the following page: https://www.vhsl.org/eligibility/