Out Nation: AG Says Schools Must Follow Gov's Trans Policies; Man Shouts Homophobic Slurs and Attacks Woman in New York

Jason Miyares. Photo via oag.state.va.us.

Virginia Attorney General said school boards must follow the governor's trans policies, a woman was the victim of a hate crime in New York, and an anti-LGBTQ protest took place outside a school in Texas.

AG: School Boards Must Follow Gov's Trans Policies

According to the Associated Press, the Virginia Attorney General said, in a nonbinding legal analysis revealed on Aug. 24, that school boards are required to follow Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s standards for transgender students. The standards address topics such as athletic participation according to biological sex and parental involvement in school pronoun usage.

“The Model Policies ensure that all students are treated with dignity and that parental involvement remains at the center. These policies are fully compliant with the law, and school boards across the Commonwealth should support and implement them,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares in a statement.

Man Says Homophobic Slurs and Punches Woman on Subway

Photo via NYPD Crime Stoppers.

News 12 Brooklyn reported that the NYPD is searching for a man who groped and then punched a woman on the subway while using homophobic language in Bushwick. They are investigating the attack as an assault, sexual assault and a hate crime.

On Aug. 17 around 1 p.m. a man allegedly groped a woman’s butt while they were boarding the train. They began arguing, and the suspect used “ant-LGBT” language against her, the NYPD said.

Then he punched the woman’s face and body multiple times, breaking her nose.

The NYPD is asking the public to contact them at 1-800-577-TIPS with any information.

Anti-LGBTQ, Abortion Protest Takes Place Outside School

ProtestPhoto via austinisd.org.

Around eight people protested against the LGBT community and abortion in front of an Austin high school on Aug. 22, according to KXAN-TV, an Austin television station affiliated with NBC.

“The protesters were on the sidewalk but were blocking the buses, so they were asked to move,” a spokesperson for Austin Independent School District said. “Austin ISD Police officers were on-site to ensure everyone’s safety, and the protesters left after about an hour.”

Council Member Alison Alter of District 10 condemned the protests.

“Instead we need to be standing up and saying that everyone belongs, and this is a community for everyone,” Alter said.

Alter assisted in instituting “We All Belong”, an anti-hate program started after several hate speech occurrences, in addition to Alter’s synagogue being lit on fire in a 2021 hate crime. 

“[The We All Belong website] tells you when to call 911, when to use IReport,” Alter said. “Not every hate crime or hate incident is the same, but people do need to report.”


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