Protect and Support all Fairfax County Students

11072184_10152857726204607_1852804428907208196_n Today the Fairfax County School Board will vote to update the district's non-discrimination policy to include gender identity. When updated, the policy will protect all students and employees from discrimination. This is Fairfax County's opportunity to lead Virginia in the right direction.   Here's what you can do to stand up for equality and fairness in Fairfax County:
  1. Click here to send a letter to the Fairfax County School Board Members thanking them for considering this policy, and urging them to vote YES tonight. They need to hear from you!
  2. Join Equality Virginia and your community members at the School Board Meeting.   Please wear purple to show that you support inclusive policies for all students, teachers, and employees. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, 22042.  Click here for map.
Equality Virginia has been working with school systems for the last two years to update their non-discrimination policies to protect LGBT students. And now, a recent opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Herring gives local school boards the authority to also protect their employees. The current Fairfax Schools policy reads: No student, employee, or applicant for employment in the Fairfax County Public Schools shall, on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity, as required by law. Adding "gender identity" to this policy will place Fairfax County among the hundreds of cities, counties, and states across the country that are leading the nation forward. Please send a letter to the school board members today, and join us with your purple tonight - help Fairfax County School Board do the right thing and move Virginia forward!