U.S. District Court rules for trans activist Gavin Grimm

Gavin Grimm. Photo provided.

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia has denied the school board’s motion to dismiss the case of Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board and held that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being excluded from the common restrooms that align with their gender identity. The court directed the parties to schedule a settlement conference within 30 days.

"I feel an incredible sense of relief," said ACLU client Gavin Grimm. "After fighting this policy since I was 15 years old, I finally have a court decision saying that what the Gloucester County School Board did to me was wrong and it was against the law. I was determined not to give up because I didn’t want any other student to have to suffer the same experience that I had to go through."

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga issued the following statement on today's win: "The district court has upheld what Gavin argued all along, that trans students deserve the same protections under Title IX as any other student and can't be stigmatized and ostracized just because of who they are."

"The district court’s ruling vindicates what Gavin has saying from the beginning," said ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Joshua Block. "Federal law protects Gavin and other students who are transgender from being stigmatized and excluded from using the same common restrooms that other boys and girls use.  These sorts of discriminatory policies do nothing to protect privacy and only serve to harm and humiliate transgender students."

The Gayly. May 22, 2018. 4:48 p.m. CST.