Regarding the April 26 Metro article “Fairfax anti-bias proposal criticized”:

Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen’s (At Large) proposal to add gender identity as a protected category under the nondiscrimination policy of Fairfax County Schools is not the result of a lawsuit or complaint, so there is no indication of a problem. But in March, Attorney General Mark Herring (D) unilaterally changed longstanding policy, giving local school boards the authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.

Life experience and parenting give us wisdom to know that the development of sexual identity is a fluid, often lifelong, process. Programs and policies that address this very personal and human experience as a “rights” issue neglect the individual and have the potential of causing untold painful unintended consequences.  This is a serious and sensitive child development issue. There is no hurry to do this.

Mary Beth Style, Centreville