Although it was nowhere on the Virginia Board of Education agenda, nearly all public input today, July 27, 2023, was about Youngkin's so-called “Model Policies on Ensuring Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students.”
Although it is hard to tell how many, but a number of the speakers who supported Youngkin's policies are part of a dark money network that have been attacking public education and the LGBTQIA+ community for years. A number of those in the room found their statements to be disturbing, inaccurate, and dehumanizing.
The speeches of two 4publiceducation.org members (Mike Karabinos and Cheryl Binkley) were featured in this CBS 6 News story (video below) along with others rejecting the Youngkin policies. We at 4publiceducation.org reject Youngkin's "Don't Be Trans" policies and want to reaffirm our support for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, community, and their families and friends.