A transgender student is getting an assist from the Obama administration.
From Buzzfeed News:
The Obama administration filed a groundbreaking legal brief in a federal appeals court on Wednesday evening, supporting a transgender student’s challenge to his school’s policy banning him from using the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.
The move at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Gavin Grimm’s case is the strongest step yet from the Obama administration to advance its position supporting the right of transgender people to seek legal protections under current civil rights laws.
“Prohibiting a transgender male student from using boys’ restrooms, when other non-transgender male students face no such restriction, deprives him not only of equal educational opportunity but also “of equal status, respect, and dignity,’” lawyers from the Justice and Education departments wrote in the brief.
Grimm, a transgender male, has sued his school district, Gloucester County School District in Virginia, alleging that the district’s policy violates the ban on sex discrimination in education under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972.