Transgender teen Gavin Grimm scored a victory for transgender rights across the nation on Tuesday when a federal district court judge in Virginia ruled in his favor over the discriminatory bathroom policies at his school.
In 2015, Gloucester County school board told Grimm that he cannot use the boy’s restroom, resulting in a lawsuit that has dragged on for the last three years, even after Grimm had graduated from the school in 2017.
The case had a few twists and turns throughout the duration, one of which involved the Supreme Court kicking it back to the lower courts after President Donald Trump reversed an Obama-era rule stating that transgender students can use the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity.
The Appeals Court had already ruled in Grimm’s favor because of the rule, but still sided with him anyway after Grimm’s attorneys successfully argued that Gloucester County school board violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution and Title IX.
“After full consideration of the facts presented and the compelling scope of relevant legal analyses, the Court concludes that Mr. Grimm has sufficiently pled a Title IX claim of sex discrimination under a gender stereotyping theory,” the judge wrote.
It’s a big win for transgender Americans that will surely enrage Trump and his bigoted conservative supporters.
But, for now, Grimm is thrilled about the victory and is glad he kept fighting.
“I feel an incredible sense of relief,” he said. “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. 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.”
The judge has ordered the two sides to meet and come to terms, but the Gloucester school board still thinks their policy should stand.
“The School Board is aware of the District Court’s decision denying the motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint. The School Board continues to believe that its resolution of this complex matter fully considered the interests of all students and parents in the Gloucester County school system.”
It certainly seems like the school board is not ready to surrender, which means this case could yet end up in front of the Supreme Court.
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