Transgender Teen Wins Court Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, leaving the ruling of lower courts intact. Gavin Grimm, a transgender individual living in Gloucester County, Virginia, has won a lengthy...

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, leaving the ruling of lower courts intact.

Gavin Grimm, a transgender individual living in Gloucester County, Virginia, has won a lengthy legal battle against his local school district. As an individual transitioning from female to male, Grimm requested permission to use the male restrooms at his school, but was denied by the school board’s policy that restroom use is “limited to the corresponding biological genders.”

Grimm sued the school board in the lower courts of Virginia and won on the grounds that disallowing transgender individuals to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity is a violation of the law known as Title IX, which bans all forms of sexual discrimination in schools. The school board and their lawyers attempted to escalate the case to the United States Supreme Court, but their appeal was declined without comment, leaving Grimm’s victory intact.

“Being forced to use the nurse’s room, a private bathroom, and the girl’s room was humiliating for me, and having to go to out-of-the-way bathrooms severely interfered with my education,” Grimm said. “Trans youth deserve to use the bathroom in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school boards and elected officials.”

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