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Thousands of Virginia Students Walk Out to Protest Anti-Trans Policies

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Thousands of students across Virginia walked out Tuesday to protest the state's Republican governor Glenn Youngkin's proposed rollback of transgender rights, part of new policies his administration plans to implement at the Virginia Department of Education.Pride Liberation Project, a student-led organization, coordinated the walkouts with students at nearly 100 schools across the state.

Rivka Vizcardo-Lichter, the lead organizer, tells The Advocate she's thrilled with the results.“We estimate 12,000+ students walked out yesterday in opposition of the proposed guidelines, showing Virginia students’ capacity to stand up for what matters to them,” Vizcardo-Lichter says.As mandated by a 2020 law, the VDOE published model policies on how to treat transgender students in public schools in 2021 under the administration of the previous Democratic governor, Gov.

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