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Information on the case:
Right of Transgender Student to Use Appropriate Bathroom, G. G. v. Gloucester County Public Schools (U.S. Department of Justice). Filed December 18, 2014. Counsel: Rebecca Glenberg, Gail Deady, ACLU of Virginia; Joshua Block, ACLU National.
Before he began his sophomore year in high school, Gavin Grimm and his mother notified officials at Gloucester High School that he is transgender, that he had legally changed his name to Gavin, and that he should be referred to with male pronouns. Later that fall, the principal allowed Gavin to use the boys’ bathroom, which he did without incident for about seven weeks. For a transgender teenage boy, living as a boy in all respects – including bathroom use – is a critical part of treatment for Gender Dysphoria. Even though Gavin’s use of the boys’ bathroom had not caused any problems at school, parents and others pressured the school board to enact a new policy limiting the use of boys’ and girls’ bathrooms to students of the “corresponding biological gender,” and segregating trans students like Gavin into separate unisex bathrooms. We filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming that the policy violates Gavin’s rights under federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination in public schools that receive federal funds. A suit was filed on June 11, 2015 against the Gloucester County School Board for revoking Gavin’s access to boys’ facilities.
For more information visit ACLU Gloucesteer County School Board.