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Court Backs Transgender School Toilet

GLOUCESTER, Va. — A Federal appeals court has denied a Virginia school board’s request to allow it to prevent a transgender teen from using the boys’ bathroom when he returns to school this September.

The Gloucester County School Board wants to delay an order forcing it to let Gavin Grimm to use the restroom matching his gender identity while it appeals.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals denied that request July 12.

The appeals court sided in April with Grimm, who argues the board violated discrimination laws by forbidding him from using the boys’ bathroom. Grim was a girl who now identifies as a boy.

Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote in a dissenting opinion that allowing Grimm to use the boy’s bathroom will deny male students “bodily privacy while using the facilities.”

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