“The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, upheld the department’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to include protections in the law’s ban on sex discrimination that allow transgender people to use a restroom in accordance with their gender identity…
The decision is a big victory for the Obama administration, which weighed in at the appeals court to support Grimm’s challenge, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has been pressing the case for protecting LGBT people under existing civil rights laws since 2012.”
— Buzzfeed News Reporter Chris Geidner reporting on a recent federal court case weighing the right of transgender students to use public school bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. The case was brought by Gavin Grimm, a transgender student whose school in Gloucester County, Virginia had been forcing him to use a unisex bathroom, something that Grimm says brought additional ridicule to the hardship of being a trans teenager.
While the decision does not rule the (un)constitutionality of transphobic bathroom bills like the one recently passed in North Carolina, it does pave the way for transgender students to seek greater protections and accommodations in public schools, things that all go a long way towards helping trans students succeed.
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