Federal Court Orders Virginia School Board to Allow Transgender Boy to Use Boy’s Restroom

By Adam Polaski • June 23, 2016 • 4:41 pm

Today, June 23, a federal district court, following orders from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, ruled that the Gloucester County School Board must allow Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy at the center of a lawsuit that has made headlines for the past year, use the boy’s restroom, just like all other boys at his school.


The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia on behalf of Gavin Grimm, and challenging the school board’s policy of requiring transgender students to use separate restrooms, apart from their peers. The lawsuit makes the case that the policy violates the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Grimm said today, in a statement released by the ACLU:

“I am elated to hear that I’ll be able to attend my senior year of high school with my full rights restored. After nearly two years of humiliation and intense struggle, equality has finally prevailed. Now hopefully other transgender people will not have to face this type of discrimination.”

On April 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of Grimm, making the 4th Circuit the highest court in the nation to ever rule on this question – and since the appellate court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, West Virginia, and most pressingly North Carolina, it could have significant ramifications for anti-LGBT legislation.

ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Josh Block added today:

“Under the Fourth Circuit’s decision, it was already clear that Gavin would ultimately prevail in court. This preliminary injunction makes sure that Gavin’s legal victory has a real impact on his life while he is still at school.”

Congratulations to Gavin and the ACLU on this important win for dignity and safety for all.

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