Federal judge rules in favor of transgender teen in bathroom case

Federal judge rules in favor of transgender teen in bathroom case
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A U.S. district court on Tuesday ruled in favor of transgender teenager Gavin Grimm in his fight against a Virginia school board to use the men's restroom. 

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia blocked the Gloucester School Board's request to dismiss Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, and told both sides to plan a settlement meeting in the next 30 days. 

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The federal court also ruled that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being blocked from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. 

"I feel an incredible sense of relief," said Grimm, 19, according to NBC 12.  "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."

The Trump administration announced last year it was rolling back Obama-era protections that allowed children to use school bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identities.

Grimm, who graduated high school in 2017, was barred from using the men's restroom in 2014 after the Gloucester County School Board enacted a policy requiring all students to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth.

The Supreme Court said it would not hear the case in March of 2017, and the case was pushed back to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which sent the case back to the district court in July of 2017.