Ralph Shearer Northam (born September 13, 1959) is an American politician and physician serving as the 73rd Governor of Virginia since January 13, 2018. A pediatric neurologist by occupation, he was an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1984 to 1992. Northam, a member of the Democratic Party, served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018 prior to winning the governorship against Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the 2017 election.
Glenn Youngkin's proposed changes to how schools treat transgender students can receive an excused absence under state law.Youngkin, a Republican, is facing backlash from LGBTQ advocates for proposing an overhaul to rules in Virginia schools pertaining to the treatment of LGBTQ students, reversing protections previously passed under former Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, in 2020.His proposed changes would affect transgender students' abilities to use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity and require schools to receive parental approval before using a transgender student's changed name or pronouns.
He has found himself at odds with many voters over the policy in Virginia, a state that—despite his victory in 2021—has trended Democratic in recent years.Thousands of students from nearly 100 Virginia schools planned to protest the changes on Tuesday by staging walk-outs.
Their absence from class will be excused under a law passed in 2021.Northam signed a bill into law that would allow students one excused absence per year to attend a civic event or protest.
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