In a historic ruling, federal judge Arenda Wright Allen termed the transgender bathroom policy of Gloucester County High School, Virginia as discriminatory against the transgender students of the school. The judgement is the latest case in a series of decisions across the country that supports the transgender students who have been subjected to similar experiences.
The transgender bathroom policy of Gloucester County High School forced Gavin Grimm, a transgender male, to use girls’ restrooms or private bathrooms while he was studying there. Grimm was discriminated and isolated from every other student due to the policy.
On Friday, Wright issued a historic ruling and said that the school violated Gavin’s rights which come under the equal protection clause of US Constitution and as well as under Title IX, which is a federal policy that protects any individual against gender-based discrimination.
Wright said, “There is no question that the board’s policy discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender noncomformity. Under the policy, all students except for transgender students may use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.”
“Transgender students are singled out, subjected to discriminatory treatment, and excluded from spaces where similarly situated students are permitted to go,” she added.
The ruling is considered to be a major victory for now 20-year-old Grimm and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The four-year lawsuit against the transgender bathroom policy, which Gavin had to endure, has now manifested itself as a debate questioning transgender student’s rights.
Following the verdict, ACLU said that the judge also asked the school to update the gender of Gavin Grimm in his high school transcriptions as male and “provide copies to him within 10 days”.
Grimm, who graduated in 2017 from Gloucester High School, termed the ruling as “beautiful”. He further said, “My case has given me something of a platform that I intend to use, as long as I have it available to me, for trans education and advocacy”.
The school has not responded on the verdict of the case against the transgender bathroom policy of the school. However, the verdict has for sure paved the road for other students of the community to raise a voice and bring out the true nature of an educational institute whose one of the primary responsibility is to not discriminate anyone on any basis.