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Personally, I’m not encouraged by this “Town Hall” initiative by Ziegler and LCPS.  Yes, parents have been asking for this for a year+, however, we thought LCPS would have the courage to stand on their own.  Nope, they are bringing in a firm that is solidly behind the LGBTQ+ grooming movement.  This will be a town hall based on their narrative and agenda and NOT based on reality in the Loudoun community.  It really is more of the same, in fact it’s more because Ziegler told Michelle Thomas he’d be INCREASING is woke and radical equity and LGBTQ+ grooming crusade.

LCPS Email Sent to Parents Today

To help shape the direction of the next strategic plan for Loudoun County Public Schools, LCPS will host a series of Community Town Hall sessions at five locations across the county on the evenings of Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19. An additional town hall will be held on Thursday, April 21. All members of the LCPS community are welcome; interested families and staff are especially encouraged to attend. Please note that each session will be designed to present and discuss the same content, so interested parties should plan accordingly in selecting only the most convenient option to attend.

  • On Monday, April 18: two, simultaneous sessions will be conducted in different parts of the county. The first will be held in the auditorium of Tuscarora High School, and the second will be held in the main gym of Briar Woods High School. Both sessions are scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, April 19: another two, simultaneous sessions will be conducted in different parts of the county. The first will be held in the auditorium of Dominion High School, and the second will be held in the auditorium of Stone Bridge High School. Both sessions are scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
    • A Spanish language interpreter will be available at the session held at Dominion High School.
  • On Thursday, April 21: one town hall will be conducted from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the LCPS Administration Building. 

These Community Town Hall meetings will be facilitated by RTI International, an external firm leading strategic planning on behalf of the division. Loudoun County School Board members will also be in attendance. These sessions are designed to create a space for community members to think about and articulate their vision for all students in LCPS moving forward. Participating community members will have an opportunity to offer input and provide feedback on the most important actions they’d like to see the division take over the next five years, as well as programs and practices that they hope will be added, discontinued, or otherwise considered. 

Those who need translation/interpretation assistance or a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability in order to be able to participate meaningfully in these Town Hall meetings should contact the Deputy Superintendent’s Office at 571-252-1300 no later than Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. 

Building the research base to protect vulnerable populations

In 2016, state legislatures across the United States considered more than 200 initiatives that would affect LGBTQ+ individuals. Many of the proposed laws would affect bathroom access for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, while others would allow individuals or businesses to deny services to LGBTQ+ people.

In the context of these legislative debates and in the wake of the mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, RTI set out to assess published evidence on the experiences of violence and victimization in LGBTQ+ communities and to inventory other existing data sources on these experiences in order to provide evidence-based information and statistics to policymakers and advocates. We also partnered with The Henne Group to carry out a series of focus groups with LGBTQ+ individuals in four regions of the U.S. to discuss their experiences.

The result of our work was the first-ever report to summarize 20 years of evidence on violence perpetration, victimization, consequences, and fear across several large fields of research.

Who Is Victimized, When, and by Whom?

Numerous studies have suggested LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be victims of various forms of violence and victimization, including bullying, harassment, violence, physical and sexual assault as well as hate crimes.

Studies focused on the experiences of LGBTQ+ persons indicate these individuals experience violence and victimization in disproportionate numbers through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Research also confirms that physical and verbal abuse of LGBTQ+ students during the school day is commonplace.

In conventional media representations of bias-related victimization, it is most often strangers or acquaintances who perpetrate violence against LGBTQ+ individuals. However, our research indicated that bias-related verbal, physical, and sexual victimization is more often perpetrated by close family members or partners of LGBTQ+ people, with bisexuals particularly likely to be victimized. 

What Future Research is Needed?

Despite the perception that society is becoming more open and accepting of LGBTQ+ people, victimization disparities have not improved since the 1990s, when they were first measured.  Some forms of victimization, particularly those aimed at youth, appear to be worsening.

Research on perpetration and victimization is always challenging; however, research on the victimization of LGBTQ+ individuals is further limited by inconsistent measurements of sexual and gender minority status. Research on gender minority individuals (including transgender individuals) lags behind research on sexual minority individuals (including lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer individuals). An increase in this research could inform the development of proper interventions and safety measures.

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