Appeals court rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case
RICHMOND, Va. – A federal appeals court has denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday rejected a request from the Gloucester County School Board for a rehearing to review a ruling that the board’s policy discriminated against transgender student Gavin Grimm, who was barred from using the boys' bathrooms at Gloucester High School. The board’s policy required Grimm to use private bathrooms or restrooms that corresponded with his sex assigned at birth. A federal judge ruled against the school board last year. That ruling was upheld last month by 4th Circuit judges.
Virginia school board continues to defend transgender bathroom policy
GLOUCESTER, Va. – A school board in Virginia will continue to defend its transgender bathroom ban in federal court. The Daily Press reported Thursday that the Gloucester School Board has asked a full federal appeals court to review the long-running lawsuit filed by former student Gavin Grimm. The school board’s policy required Grimm to use restrooms that corresponded with his biological sex, which is female, or use private bathrooms. A three-judge panel with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the school board last month. The board is now requesting a full hearing at the appeals court.
Court: School transgender bathroom policy unconstitutional
RICHMOND, Va. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school. In the majority opinion, the appeals court wrote that Grimm was forced to use "special bathrooms that might as well have said 'Gavin' on the sign." The ruling is another decision by a federal appeals court that could have a wide-ranging effect on how schools treat transgender students. The appeals court also backed the lower court's ruling that the school district must update the gender on Grimm's transcripts. He now lives in California and is an activist for transgender rights.
Transgender bathroom ban heard by federal appeals court
Grimm's lawsuit alleged that the school board violated Grimm's equal protection rights as well as Title IX, the federal policy that protects against gender-based discrimination. He graduated in 2017 from Gloucester High School, located in a mostly rural area about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Richmond. (T)here is no question that the Boards policy discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender noncomformity, Allen wrote. Under the policy, all students except for transgender students may use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity, she continued. Transgender students are singled out, subjected to discriminatory treatment, and excluded from spaces where similarly situated students are permitted to go.
Whats News Today for Tuesday, May 26, 2020
ROANOKE, Va. Governor Northam is expected to unveil a facemask policy later today. If you have questions about COVID-19 or wish to request an appointment for testing, call the New River Health District's COVID-19 public health call center at 540-267-8240. On the agenda is continued discussion on the school budget. In its latest budget, the school board agreed to cut an additional $1 million from its pre-COVID-19 request of level funding. On the agenda is an update on the proposed city budget.
Federal court to hear appeal from Virginia school board sued over transgender bathroom ban
A judge ruled last year that the Gloucester County School Board discriminated against Gavin Grimm. The school board has appealed that ruling to the 4th U.S. Attorneys for the school board have argued that the lower court judge wrongly interpreted federal protections. The board says the law protects against discrimination based on gender, not gender identity. He graduated from high school in 2017.
Virginia School board files appeal to defend transgender policy
(Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for GLAAD)RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia school board has filed a federal appeal to defend its transgender bathroom ban. The Gloucester County School Board's appeal appeared Tuesday on the docket for the 4th U.S. The board has been in a yearslong legal fight over the policy with former student Gavin Grimm, a transgender male. The policy required transgender students to use private restrooms or bathrooms that correspond with their biological gender. Grimm's 2015 lawsuit was once a federal test case and came to embody the debate about transgender student rights.
Judge rules in favor of student in Virginia transgender bathroom case
Sean Gallup/Getty Images(CNN) - A federal judge in Virginia ruled in favor of a transgender former student, telling a county school board it must recognize him as male, in a win for transgender rights. The judge ruled Friday that the board had violated the constitutional rights of former Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm, who is now 20 and a graduate of the school. Grimm transitioned about four years ago, and during his sophomore year he was dressing as male and using boys' restrooms at school. The judge, Arenda Wright Allen, awarded him one dollar in damages and told the school district to pay his court fees. He lamented how the bathroom controversy "has extended throughout my entire high school experience almost, and it's one that I'd just like to finish so that I can think about high school things -- I can think about being a senior and graduating and going to college."
What's News Today: July 23, 2019
Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association holds its annual conference, starting today, in Roanoke. The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing about the 419 Town Center Plan today. The case of a Virginia teen, suing his school system over its transgender bathroom policy returns to court today in Norfolk. A federal judge ruled last year, that the school board violated Grimm's rights when it banned him from using the boys' bathroom.