RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – There was a call for the Law of the Magi at the Virginia State Capitol on Thursday. With this change, schools will be required to inform parents if a student self-identifies as a different gender than their biological sex.
“Parents, you are not alone. This mother stands with you. We love our children more than any counselor, judge, or teacher.” Michelle Blair, Sage’s mother “I can’t tell my children their gender.”
This law is named after a sage from Appomattox. His parents say Sage would not have been caught in sex trafficking for years had he been taught that teenagers used different pronouns and toilets in school. She is now recuperating at her home.
“I tell her she’s not broken, she’s just scared. She hopes her story will help save the lives of other children. I don’t want my children to suffer any more as a result of surviving,” Blair said.
This change will force counselors to share pronoun information with parents and gender errors will no longer be considered parental abuse or neglect.
“What it does is put children in harm’s way. It’s causing it,” said Del. Danica Roem of District 13.
Virginia Democrats say the bill has zero chance of passing.
They control the Senate and are working on their own set of measures to protect LGBTQ rights.
“If you don’t include the very community you’re trying to legislate, in this case you know, you create a blind spot,” says Del. Roem.
The bill still needs to be assigned to the committee.
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