Transgender Teen Can Choose School Bathroom – Federal Judge Rules

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on May 23rd, 2018

Gloucester, Virginia, USA: The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled, on Tuesday, in favor of transgender teenager Gavin Grimm in his fight against Gloucester School Board to use the men’s restroom.

The Court blocked the Virginia School Board’s request to dismiss the case styled, Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, and told both sides to plan a settlement meeting in the next 30 days.

The federal court also ruled that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being blocked from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.

“I feel an incredible sense of relief,” said Grimm, 19. “After fighting this policy since I was 15 years old, I finally have a court decision saying that what the Gloucester County School Board did to me was wrong and it was against the law.”

In December 2014, the School Board barred Grimm from using the boys restrooms. The board adopted a policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom.

Grimm, who graduated high school in 2017, claimed the policy “would further alienate and stigmatize me by forcing me to use separate restrooms from all of the other students at school.”

In March 2017, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and sent it back to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In July, the 4th Circuit Court then sent the case back to the district court.

“I was determined not to give up because I didn’t want any other student to have to suffer the same experience that I had to go through,” Grimm said after Tuesday’s ruling.

ACLU’s Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga said that the ruling “upheld what Gavin argued all along, that trans students deserve the same protections under Title IX as any other student and can’t be stigmatized and ostracized just because of who they are.”

The Trump administration announced last year it was rolling back Obama-era protections that allowed children to use school bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identities.

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