Transgender student's fight to use boys' restroom goes to Federal Court of Appeals

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Court to Hear Transgender Student's Challenge to School Bathroom Policy


RICHMOND, Va. -- The issue of which restroom a Gloucester County student can use will go before a Federal Appeals Court in Richmond Wednesday. Earlier, the Gloucester County School Board voted six-to-one to deny Gavin Grimm's request for permission to use the boys' bathroom at his school.
Grimm was born a female, but has the gender identity of a male.

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School officials said they received complaints from students and parents uncomfortable with Grimm using the boys' restroom.

"It shall be the practice of the (Gloucester County Public Schools) to provide male and female restroom and locker room facilities in its schools, and the use of said facilities shall be limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative private facility," the board ruled.

The board decided it would continue to offer Grimm a private bathroom if he felt uncomfortable using the girls' restroom.

The ACLU took a stand behind Grimm and other transgender students who say they deserve to use which ever restroom and locker room is consistent with their gender identity.

Arguments are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. No decision is expected to be made Wednesday. Check back for updates.

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