U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk rejected a bid by the Gloucester County School Board to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit filed by student Gavin Grimm. Grimm filed the suit in 2015 and graduated from high school last year.
The judge said Grimm has valid claims under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education as well as the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
Wright Allen rejected the school board’s argument that its policy was justified by the need to protect students’ privacy: “Preventing Mr. Grimm from using the boys’ restrooms did nothing to protect the privacy rights of other students, but certainly singled out and stigmatized Mr. Grimm.”
“I feel 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,” said Grimm, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Wright Allen, whose ruling was similar to several others across the United States in favor of transgender students, said the parties should schedule a settlement conference within 30 days.
By this interpretation of Title IX, I believe that this is going to be the result of every singe case that is taken to court. I really don’t see any way around it. Under this scenario, I just hope that one of these cases doesn’t make it to the Supreme Court to then become law of the land for all of America.