Federal Appeals Court Considers Trans Student’s Right To Use Boys Restroom

Though I’m no fan of Virginia at the moment, I truly hope there’s a good outcome for this young man. I have little faith in the justice system, as well, so a large part of me doesn’t believe the judgement will be favorable, but I guess you never know. Maybe that they were asking probing questions means something. And I’m glad they aren’t inclined to dismiss the case, either.

RICHMOND, Virginia — A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in the case of a transgender student fighting to use the boys restroom at his high school — the highest court in the U.S. legal system to hear such a case amid a national debate over transgender access to restrooms.

At the center of the case is Gavin Grimm, a 16-year-old transgender boy who sat in the front row of the gallery, his mother’s arm over his shoulder, while a three-judge panel peppered lawyers with questions that ranged from arcane to graphic.

The underlying question before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is simple: Do existing laws that ban discrimination on the basis of sex — specifically, Title IX, which bans the practice in publicly funded schools — apply to transgender students? If they do, Grimm could prevail in his lawsuit to overturn a Gloucester County School Board policy that restricts students to restrooms reflecting their “biological gender.”

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