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Court hears GHS student’s appeal on restroom use

It will likely be a couple more months before the U.S. Court of Appeals comes out with its ruling on a case involving a transgender student at Gloucester High School who is seeking permission to use the boys’ restrooms at the school.

Gavin Grimm, 15, a junior at GHS, was born a female but identifies as male and has been taking hormone therapy as the recommended treatment for gender dysphoria. The Gloucester school system has prohibited him from using the boys’ restrooms at the high school and has provided single-stall restrooms as alternatives.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to argue that the school district is violating Grimm’s constitutional rights by requiring transgender students to use “alternative, private” restrooms.

The ACLU, which represents Grimm, said Gloucester’s policy violates federal nondiscrimination laws under Title IX and the 14th...

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