Williamsburg, VA

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My name is Simon, I’m a college professor, and I’m the father of a transgender daughter. She socially transitioned in first grade, which began a year-long journey for my partner, the school, and me to figure out how to best support our daughter. We were fortunate the administration was dedicated to her success. After some initial challenges, we were able to develop a gender support program that has followed her into middle school.


As a professor, my passion is teaching. I’ve found it only takes a moment to change someone’s perspective. As a father, I want to help create a community that will be supportive of my child. Learning is the first step to doing better and being more inclusive, and I’m doing what I can to move that process along.


Because my daughter is twelve years-old, she has not experienced discrimination in housing or public employment. I hope she never has a chance to experience it. Statewide nondiscrimination policies would help to ensure she doesn’t. Not only that, but it would be incredibly meaningful for my family and demonstrate that the state cares about the future of our child. We have felt on the defensive for many years, and we have actually considered moving to another more friendly state because the current lack of inclusive policies here made us feel unwelcome. The proposed bills would allow our family to stay in Virginia and give my daughter options for her future career.


Since her transition, we have taken extra care to ensure she feels safe and respected. I support nondiscrimination policies in housing and public employment so that she can feel this way into adulthood.