Federal Court of Appeals denies review of Gloucester transgender restroom policy case

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Gavin Grimm

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond federal appeals court has denied a rehearing for a transgender bathroom case.

The judges that wrote the dissenting opinion say they think the Supreme Court should look into the case.

On April 19, the Fourth Circuit remanded the case for the district court to reevaluate Gavin’s request for a preliminary injunction under the proper legal standard.

On May 10, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory filed a brief to reverse a decision regarding a transgender Gloucester High School student.

In 2015, Gloucester County School Board enforced a policy that requires transgender students to use a separate restroom from their peers.

Feeling discriminated, transgender male, Gavin Grimm decided to take action against a policy he found to be unfair.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia brought the case in June 2015 seeking a preliminary injunction so that Gavin may use the boys’ restroom when school resumed for his junior year. In September, U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar ruled against Gavin by dismissing his Title IX claim but allowed his case, under the Equal Protection claim, to proceed.

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UPDATE: Gloucester School Board votes to keep transgender students in separate bathrooms/locker rooms