U.S. Appeals Court Sides With Gavin Grimm on Trans Bathroom Ban

It was "a special kind of discrimination against a child that he will no doubt carry with him for life," one judge wrote.

Gavin Grimm, a young trans man, graduated from Gloucester High School three years ago. But his fight for the right to use a boys’ bathroom at that same Virginia school district isn’t over yet.

This Wednesday, August 26, a U.S. appeals court ruled that the Gloucester County School Board acted unlawfully in preventing Grimm from using the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.

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According to NBC News, the Richmond, Virginia-based Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 that Grimm “is protected under federal law that bars sex discrimination in education and the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that people be treated equally under the law.”

The school board’s actions were “a special kind of discrimination against a child that he will no doubt carry with him for life,” wrote Judge Henry Floyd in the decision.

As NewNowNext previously reported, Grimm’s case dates all the way back to 2014, when he first started to socially transition as a sophomore at Gloucester High School. He started using a boys’ restroom and informing administrators, according to the ACLU, which represents him. In December of that year, however, the school board passed a policy that barred Grimm from using the boys’ restroom.

With the support of the ACLU, Grimm initially filed suit in 2015. He has been ensnared in a legal battle ever since.

In 2017, his case reached the Supreme Court, but the court punted the case back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals after the Trump administration rescinded protections for transgender students in American public schools under Title IX.

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In an op-ed he penned for NewNowNext, Grimm reflected upon finally graduating from high school with dignity but no justice.

“I didn’t get a typical high school experience,” Grimm wrote, “and I can’t get those years back. But I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received, and the people I’ve gotten to meet along the way. On graduation day, Gloucester High School handed me the diploma that I had to work so hard for, both in and outside of school. And I know I earned it.”

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