On Tuesday night, the Loudoun County Public Schools Board revised the school system’s equal opportunity policy to include LGBTQ students and faculty.
After over two hours of debating and hearing from nearly 80 members of the Loudoun community, board members came to a 5-4 vote in favor of an amendment which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Discrimination based on race, color, disability, marital status and genetic information are among some of what’s already prohibited through the equal opportunity policy.
“We need role models for LGBT students in schools…We need to empower teachers so that they can express themselves and not have to feel scared that they could be fired for who they love or who they are,” said Charlotte McConnell, Equality Loudoun Steering Committee Member.
McConnell and Equality Loudoun have been working with Loudoun County Public Schools since 2016.