Big Victory For Transgender Student Under Title IX
Groundbreaking Victory For Trans Students
A federal court in Virginia handed down a landmark victory for transgender students on Tuesday. Gavin Grimm, a female-to-male (FTM) student at Gloucester High School filed suit against his school after being forced to use a solitary, single stall toilet, instead of being allowed in the men’s room.
According to the ACLU:
The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit marks the first time that a federal appeals court has determined that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students to use sex segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity.
Grimm had this to say:
“I feel so relieved and vindicated by the court’s ruling. Today’s decision gives me hope that my fight will help other kids avoid discriminatory treatment at school.”
Senior staff attorney at the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Project, Joshua Block added:
“With this decision, we hope that schools and legislators will finally get the message that excluding transgender kids from the restrooms is unlawful sex discrimination.”
Gail Deady, the Secular Society women’s rights legal fellow at the ACLU of Virginia went on to say:
“Gavin’s fight has been a beacon of hope in the face of increasingly hostile rhetoric against transgender people in Virginia, and across the nation. The court’s ruling sends a strong message to schools and lawmakers that discriminatory restroom policies don’t just harm transgender students, they put Title IX funding at risk.”