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Virginia state lawmaker to introduce bill making it a crime for parents not to affirm their LGBT child

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As the battle over parental rights and protections for LGBT students heats up in Virginia, one state delegate said she will introduce a bill in the legislature's next session that would make it a crime for a parent or guardian not to affirm their child's sexual orientation or gender identity.

The move is in response to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's updated "model policies" on transgender students, which require students to use bathrooms and join sports teams based on their sex at birth, as opposed to their gender identity.

Elizabeth Guzman running for election for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 31st District. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Democratic Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman told KGO-TV on Thursday she will introduce a bill that will expand the state's definition of child abuse and neglect to include parents and guardian who do not affirm their LGBT children.  "The day that Governor Youngkin wanted to implement this policy, I immediately texted the policy lead of that committee and said, this is how we're going to push back," Guzman told the local news outlet.  "It could be a felony, it could be a misdemeanor, but we know that CPS charge could harm your employment, could harm their education, because nowadays many people do a CPS database search before offering employment." Students at McLean High School in McLean, Va., walk out of classes Tuesday, Sept.

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