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(RepublicanWire.org) – Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday and defended new policies in the state that will require public school students to use bathrooms and join sports teams based on their biological sex, not gender identity.

“Let me begin with these basic principles, which is first, parents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their children’s lives. And oh, by the way, children have a right to have parents engaged in their lives. We needed to fix a wrong. The previous administration had had a policy that excluded parents and in fact, particularly didn’t require the involvement of parents. And let’s be clear, parents have this right and children don’t belong to the state, they belong to families,” Youngkin told Tapper during CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Youngkin’s administration rewrote the state’s policies on transgender youths at public schools in September, requiring students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and join sports teams based on their sex at birth, not their gender identity. The policy updates also include forbidding students from changing their names and preferred pronouns at public schools without the consent of their parents. 

“We empower parents to make decisions with regards to masking in Virginia. We’ve empowered parents to make decisions with regards to curriculum that fits their family’s decision. So we’re empowering parents here to be engaged in these most important decisions,” Youngkin continued on Sunday. 

Tapper pressed the Republican governor on whether the policies would actually exclude parents who are supportive of their child using facilities or joining sports teams based on gender identity and not biological sex. 

“It sounds like you’re excluding parents that might be supportive of their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that is in alignment with their gender identity,” Tapper said. 

“Certainly not. If parents actually want their child to be able to change a pronoun or their name or use a bathroom, if parents choose that, then legally that’s what the schools will do. With regards to sports teams, this is a different issue,” Youngkin responded. 

“I do believe that it’s unfair for girls to have biological boys play sports with biological girls. There are sports with segregated sexes for those sports, and those sports should be honored that way. And there are sports where they’re not segregated, where in fact both sexes get to play at the same time. Again, there’s a common sense approach here to this and I do think we have to respect girls as well here,” he said. 

The policy changes are currently under a 30-day period of commenting from the public. Youngkin said he expects to finalize the policies in the coming days and to see school districts across the state adopt the changes. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin did not mince words about Fairfax County’s transgender school policy. Youngkin said, “biological boys” should not be competing against “biological girls” in sports. This should not be a controversial take, but in today’s day and age, it seems controversial.

During a Parents Matter rally in Fairfax County, hosted by Youngkin, he ripped into the transgender school policy.

Youngkin said, “They think that parents have no right to know what your child is discussing with their teacher or their counselor, particularly when some of the most important topics, most important topics that a child may want to discuss are being determined. What’s their name? What pronoun will they use? How are they going to express their gender? This is a decision that bureaucrats in Fairfax County believe that they should be able to make without telling parents.”

During an interview, Youngkin continued his condemnation of “progressive liberals trying to push parents out of their children’s lives.”

Youngkin added, “What I’m continually surprised by is really the approach that would push parents out of any decision that’s material in their child’s life – and to write a regulation for a school that says don’t tell parents, is just wrong. And in fact, in Virginia code, says parents have a fundamental right to make decisions with regards to their child’s education, upbringing in care, and I don’t know any topic you just discussed that isn’t in that category, and therefore they’re required to speak to parents.”

“I find this whole discussion of where school systems and particularly this one is led by progressive liberals trying to push parents out of their children’s lives is something that the voters spoke loudly on last year. And I think they’re going to speak loudly on it again and again and again until they’re fully engaged in their children’s lives.”

It is becoming a common theme for biological males to compete in women’s sports. It is wrong, and it is unfair to the women who have worked hard to have the opportunity to win in their respective sports. For all those politicians who claim to be women’s rights advocates, they are nowhere to be found on this issue because they don’t think it will benefit them politically.

Youngkin concluded by saying, “The idea that these particular decisions with regards to children who are really trying to make some very tough decisions in their lives, first are going to exclude parents, and then second of all are going to rely on folks that may not share the family’s values in those decisions, I just think this is just fundamentally wrong.”

“We need to meet every child where they are. We need to respect every child, we need to love every child and understand the difficulties of these decisions. And how in the world could you not involve parents in that process?” Finally, I don’t think that biological boys should be playing sports with biological girls. I don’t think that locker rooms should be locker rooms where a child can choose which one to go into.”

Youngkin is correct. It is fundamentally wrong, and parents will have their voices heard in November.