Judge rules in favor of Virginia transgender student in bathroom case
- Federal Judge Wright Allen ruled in favor of now-graduated Virginia transgender student Gavin Grimm, who sued the Gloucester County School Board over a 2014 decision that he couldn't use the bathroom corresponding to his gender identity, USA Today reports.
- The case was among the highest-profile to involve transgender bathroom rights in schools, at one point being sent to the Supreme Court before being dismissed back to the lower courts.
- Allen's decision found that the school board discriminated against Grimm under the Constitution's equal protection clause and Title IX, and no further appeal by the school board has yet been filed.
Barring any further appeals, or any similar cases that the U.S. Supreme Court might decide to take on in the future, Grimm's case could now set a precedent on transgender bathroom rights in schools. Prior to this case, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights under the Obama administration reached a resolution agreement in December 2015 with Illinois' Palatine High School District 211 regarding a transgender high school student's ability to use the girls' locker room. Further guidance on the issue released in May 2016 was later rescinded by the Trump administration.
Grimm's case, of course, isn't the only one to be appealed as far as the Supreme Court, as Wisconsin's Kenosha Unified School District in August filed an appeal requesting a decision on transgender students' bathroom rights under Title IX or the U.S. Constitution. So sooner or later, it seems likely a further decision is likely to come from a higher level.
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