BREAKING: Fourth Circuit rules in favor of transgender student

[This post has been updated.] Good news from in Richmond, Virginia home of the Fourth Circuit:

“A Virginia transgender student who is anatomically female should be allowed to use the male bathroom, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on Tuesday.

Sixteen-year-old Gavin Grimm is challenging the Gloucester County school system’s bathroom policy requiring students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom.

The appeals court decision reverses the prior ruling and could have repercussions on a controversial North Carolina bill along the same lines.

For Grimm, this case started when the school system barred him from using the Men’s restroom. The ACLU is helping the high school junior, who was born a girl, fight to use the ladies room or a specially designed unisex facility.

Attorneys for the school system argued in court that anyone can use the unisex bathroom and a Title IX violation has not taken place.

The case is the first taken by the federal court of appeals and the fourth circuit includes North Carolina. The ACLU believes it will be a bellwether in setting precedent for other school boards to look at when they’re looking at these sorts of decisions throughout the country.”

For more background on this case, read reporter Billy Ball’s interview with the lawyer representing Gavin Grimm by clicking here. As a reminder, this is the same case that Gov. McCrory and others criticized Attorney General Cooper for not joining last fall in opposition to Gavin Grimm’s claim. We’ll have more updates shortly as they become available.

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