Friday, 24 June 2016

US judge issues injunction allowing transgender teen access to boys' bathroom in Virginia

Gavin Grimm

A federal judge on Thursday issued an injunction that allows the school board in the state of Virginia to allow a transgender teenage student to use whichever restroom he identifies with.

The elated student, 17-year-old Gavin Grimm, responded that he is now able to attend his senior year with his "full" rights restored.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar is indeed a victory for Gavin Grimm, who was denied last year to use the boys' restroom at his school.

The judgement is in line with a directive from President Barack Obama's administration last month.

"After nearly two years of humiliation and intense struggle, equality has finally prevailed," Grimm said after Thursday's ruling. "Now, hopefully other transgender people will not have to face this type of discrimination."

"When he goes back to school this fall for his senior year, he'll be able to use the bathroom just like any other boy," American Civil Liberties Union attorney Joshua Block, who represents Grimm, said Thursday.

Thursday's ruling is the latest action in the national bathroom controversy. The U.S. Justice Department sued the state of North Carolina last month over a state law preventing transgender students from using restrooms of the sex they identify with.

Source: United Press International