Slurs that are “based on the actual or perceived gender identity” are not allowed to be used according to the new criteria.
The school board of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in Fairfax, Virginia has stated that students who “maliciously misgender” their friends could face the possibility of being suspended or expelled from the school system.
“Malicious deadnaming” or “malicious misgendering” of classmates will be considered a Level 4 offense as of the updated version of the Fairfax County Public Schools Students Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) handbook. This means that suspensions of up to five days are possible in cases where frequency and intensity are present.
The rules for documents ban “misgendering” and “deadnaming” based on gender identification. This “includes but is not limited to deliberate misgendering,” the guideline reads.
A person is said to practice deadnaming “when they purposely or unintentionally refer to a person who is transgender or gender-expansive by a name other than the name that the individual has chosen for themselves.”