Yesterday, U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia denied the school board’s motion to dismiss in the Gavin Grimm case, joining the overwhelming majority of courts that have conclusively decided that both Title IX and the Constitution require that schools not discriminate against transgender students. This case was brought by the ACLU on behalf of Gavin Grimm after his former school board implemented a policy to prevent him from using the boys’ restroom at his school.  TLC congratulates Gavin Grimm and ACLU on this amazing victory!

The District Court relied heavily on the case of Ash Whitaker, another trans student who fought bravely—and won— against bias and discrimination enacted within his school system. TLC was co-counsel in the Whitaker case, which was cited more than twenty times throughout the G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board proceedings, and we are both humbled and proud that TLC could support the freedom efforts of trans youth like Gavin across the country.

 “Transgender youth should have the same opportunity as all other students to go to school and get an education without being singled out for harassment and discrimination by school administrators,” said Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi.