WISE — Almost two weeks after the Wise County School Board approved a set of transgender rights policy changes, a group of area residents and clergy rallied outside the closed schools’ central office to protest the action.

The approximately 120 people, called to the rally by Stand Up Virginia, included Russell and Wise counties Republican officials and the group’s local organizer Jony Baker, a Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office employee and legislative aide to 38th District state Sen. Travis Hackworth.

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