In 2020, the Virginia General Assembly passed a landmark law directing the Virginia Department of Education to create guidance for K-12 public schools on how to best support transgender and non-binary students. Ted Lewis was a key leader in the development of this policy guidance working with the Virginia Department of Education as well as several other LGBTQ leaders in the Commonwealth. The guidance drew heavily on the work released by Side by Side under Ted's leadership and was supported by both local and national LGBTQ organizations including The Trevor Project and GLSEN.
The guidance was publicly adopted in early 2021 and is expected to roll out to school districts across Virginia prior to the 2021-2022 academic year.
Check out Ted's keynote address at Mindful Mornings RVA gathering at the VMFA, June 2018.