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Court sides with Grimm

The United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday ruled with Gloucester’s Gavin Grimm and against the Gloucester County School Board, which had sought dismissal of Grimm’s Title IX discrimination case.

Grimm, a transgender male who graduated from Gloucester High School last June, had sued the school board while still a student, filing in July 2015, for access to use the boys’ bathrooms.

The court’s order recounted how he had used the bathrooms with no issue until some adults complained in 2014, and then was directed by the board to use single bathrooms. His suit, which worked its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, sought equal treatment under the Title IX federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

The district court, to which the case had been remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court, found that federal law “protects transgender students from being forced to use separate restroom facilities” according to a ...

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