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Hearing July 27 on transgender student’s suit

The first hearing in a discrimination suit that a transgender student filed against the Gloucester County School Board last month is scheduled for Monday, July 27 in Norfolk federal court.

In the suit, Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl but identifies as a boy, seeks the use of the boys’ restrooms at the school.

Grimm claims the board’s restroom policy, which restricts the use of restrooms and locker rooms to corresponding biological genders, discriminates against him on the basis of gender and sex in violation of the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX.

As part of the suit, Grimm is requesting preliminary and permanent injunctions requiring the school board to allow him to use the boys’ restrooms when classes resume this fall.

The hearing will address the request for injunctions. The school board is also asking the court to consider its motion to dismiss the suit altogether on Monday.

The GHS administration initially cooperated with...

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