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Federal Court of Appeals Sides With Gavin Grimm In Transgender Discrimination Case

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Gavin Grimm during a press conference in 2016. (Photo: Craig Carper/VPM News)

A federal appeals court in Richmond sided with Gavin Grimm, the transgender man who challenged his former high school’s bathroom policy as discriminatory. 

A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday, that the Gloucester County School Board violated Grimm’s rights under the Constitution’s equal-protection clause and Title IX. 

The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia sued the school board on behalf of Grimm, for adopting a policy requiring Grimm and other transgender students to use “alternative private” restrooms. 

Grimm is now a college student. He began the legal fight five years ago as a high school sophomore, when he sought to use the boy’s restroom. 

Whittney Evans is VPM News’ features editor.
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