Simon is a college professor and the father of a transgender daughter. Simon’s daughter transitioned in first grade, and her family and school created a plan to support her gender identity that has followed her into middle school.
However, Simon has had to work hard to protect his daughter from discrimination in public places – which has meant, among other things, educating a local dance studio and the local pool to ensure her gender was respected and she wasn’t singled out. Because he knows that discrimination against transgender people is widespread, Simon worries about whether his daughter will face further discrimination when she grows up and needs to find a job and a place to live.
Like all parents, Simon wants his daughter to be treated fairly, and to have a bright future. He has even considered moving his family out of state to find a more welcoming environment. Simon’s hope is that the state of Virginia will pass nondiscrimination protections soon, so they can keep calling Virginia home.
“State-wide nondiscrimination policies would help to ensure that she can continue to safely be herself,” he said. “Not only that, but it would be incredibly meaningful for my family and demonstrate that the state cares about the future of our child.”