Court overturns Virginia school’s transgender bathroom rule

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned a policy barring a transgender student from using the boys’ restrooms at his Virginia high school.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Gloucester County School Board policy is discriminatory. A federal judge had rejected Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm’s sex discrimination claim.

The appeals court’s ruling establishes legal precedent in the five states in the 4th Circuit, including North Carolina, which faces a lawsuit challenging a new state law requiring transgender public school students to use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate.

Grimm was born female but identifies as male. After complaints, the school board adopted a policy requiring students to use public restrooms corresponding with their biological gender.

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4 comments

  • Tommy K.

    The solution is simple: Pull your students out of the public school system if you don’t like the rules. Send them to charters or private schools where the concept of privacy rights are in line with the rest of society and where the court can’t touch those rules. Let the public school system collapse for lack of students. Most of the school systems are halfway there already anyway thanks to government over-regulation. Problem solved.

    Good thing people don’t wake up identifying as lions or tigers in this country. Then we’d really see something!

    • Steve

      “Good thing people don’t wake up identifying as lions or tigers in this country. Then we’d really see something!”

      One can only hope. :)

  • David Bean

    In public setting it would be ok for persons to use a restroom together. Then when a person acts up male or female in the restroom for bad behavior. They would be dealt with my the police. Those persons wanting same restroom rights in public in time would find out that it mite back fire. Because they would not have the right to harass others.

    • Steve

      David, I am not sure what you are trying to say exactly, but the whole point here is that bathrooms are not public space by their very nature. They are publicly accessible private spaces, and historically speaking privacy rights apply to them. The problem here is that social norms are such that bathroom privacy is established according to a person’s physical equipment, not a person’s mental state.