Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Teen in Bathroom Case

A federal court ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student who wanted to use the men’s restroom at his high school in 2014, according to WWBT. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia decided that Grimm and the Gloucester County School Board must “schedule a settlement conference within 30 days.” Grimm, who graduated high school last year, told reporters that he felt “an incredible sense of relief.” “After fighting this policy since I was 15 years old, I finally have a court decision saying that what the Gloucester County School Board did to me was wrong and it was against the law,” he said. The school board mandated that Grimm use the restroom corresponding with his biological sex, which he argued “would further alienate and stigmatize” him. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case in March 2017 and sent it down to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals—which then sent it down to District Court. “I was determined not to give up because I didn’t want any other student to have to suffer the same experience that I had to go through," Grimm said after the hearing.